Author: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
Dates: 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973
Title of Book: Bath-song
Sing hey! For the bath at close of day
That washes the weary mud away
A loon is he that will not sing
O! Water Hot is a noble thing!
O! Sweet is the sound of falling rain,
And the brook that leaps from the hill to plain;
But better than rain or rippling streams
Is Water Hot that smokes and steams.
O! Water cold we may pour at need
Dow a thirsty throat and be glad indeed
But better is beer if drink we lack,
And Water Hot poured down the back.
O! Water is fair that leaps on high
In a fountain white beneath the sky;
But never did fountain sound so sweet
As splashing Hot Water with my feet!
Brief Biography: JRR Tolkien is popularly acknowledged to be the father of modern fantasy fiction. Best known as the author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Tolkien was also an accomplished poet and academic, serving as an Oxford professor for some 34 years noted for his lectures and essays on Beowulf. Along with his close friend and contemporary fantasy writer CS Lewis he was a member of the literary discussion group The Inklings. Tolkien was awarded the OBE in 1972.