Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Remembering the poet William Jones.

This year I'm on a mission to bring due recognition to a poet, whose body of work has been long forgotten. His name is William Jones, born in Cosby, Leicestershire, and died in Pelham Street, Leicester in January 1855, age 47.

Sons of poverty assemble,
Ye whose hearts with woe are riven.
Let the guilty tyrants tremble,
Who your hearts such pain have given.
We will never from the shrine of truth be driven.

From Spread The Charter far and Wide, 1842

He was a chartist and work activly for many years with the movement in Leicester. Although not a great poet, his work deserves a wider audience, and my intention is to organise some public readings and give talks about hime and his life. His gravestone is now visible in the churchyard of St. Michael and All Angels, in the village of Cosby. Pelham Street still exists, but nothing remains of his house where he lived with his wife Sarah for many years.

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