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Arthur Hugh Clough

Arthur Hugh Clough


Poet: Arthur Hugh Clough

Dates: 1 January 1819 – 13 November 1861

Nationality: English

Title of Poem: Ah! Yet Consider it Again!

“Old things need not be therefore true,”
O brother men, nor yet the new;
Ah! still awhile the old thought retain,
And yet consider it again!

The souls of now two thousand years
Have laid up here their toils and tears,
And all the earnings of their pain,–
Ah, yet consider it again!

We! what do we see? each a space
Of some few yards before his face;
Does that the whole wide plan explain?
Ah, yet consider it again!

Alas! the great world goes its way,
And takes its truth from each new day;
They do not quit, nor can retain,
Far less consider it again.


Brief Biography: Arthur Clough was the brother of the suffragist Anne Clough and a devoted assistant to Florence Nightingale. Most of Clough’s writing was published posthumously but is noted for his stance against the religious and social ideals of the day. The frankness of his writing often astounded his contemporaries.