Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Poetry Walk This Weekend

Lance Pearson is leading his poetry walk this weekend. Here he is:

This Sunday 28th September I will be leading my Thamesbank poetry walk. It starts at 2:30p.m from Embankment Station.

This is THE walk for the National Poetry Day season because it’s all about the poets and poems you meet when walking the banks of the Thames from Waterloo Bridge to Westminster Bridge – there are at least 15 of them!  

And while all the other London Walks guides and London Walkers are weighing-in with favourite poems, here's mine: Love (iii) by George Herbert…

Love. (III)

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
                                      Guiltie of dust and sinne.
But quick-ey’d Love, observing me grow slack
                                      From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
                                      If I lack’d any thing.

A guest, I answer’d, worthy to be here:
                                      Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkinde, ungratefull?  Ah my deare,
                                      I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
                                      Who made the eyes but I?

Truth Lord, but I have marr’d them: let my shame
                                      Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, sayes Love, who bore the blame?
                                      My deare, then I will serve.
You must sit down, sayes Love, and taste my meat:
                                      So I did sit and eat.

(You can buy the collected poems of George Herbert, in paperback and for Kindle, HERE.)

Lance will return later in the week with a few words on poet statues and a great idea for a new London plaque!

By way of a taster, you can listen to Lance in action on our earlier blog post HERE

If you'd like to share your own favourite London poets and poems do drop us a line at or get in touch via Twitter @londonwalks.

A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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