“Neighbours of the great-nephew of Newport poet WH Davies have launched a campaign to save his last home.
The author of the poem Leisure lived in Glendower, an 18th Century cottage in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.
Owner Norman Phillips, 77, is facing a five-figure sum for essential repairs and hasn’t been able to live in the property for the last seven years.
Stroud District Council says it may step in and take possession of the property if the work isn’t carried out.”
from BBC (photo: Anthony Burton)
W H Davies, famous (or was once) for The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp and his poem ‘Leisure’:
WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.