To Tom Brown, our Poet

 

Tom Brown, your little isle reveres your name!

Poet of Manxland, your immortal fame

Has long out-lived you, and will long outlive

The fame of lesser poets.  God did give

To you a genius much to be desired,

And you did use it with great influence

For good, always to higher things aspired.

You covered with a glamour and romance

The golden gorse when seen in glorious bloom.

And we have made your birthday an event

In the year’s calendar, and marked it down.

Your poetry will live while there is room

For love on earth; nought will that prevent.

So we remember you, our poet, Tom Brown!