Francis William Bourdillon

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Francis William Bourdillon (22 March 1852 at Runcorn, Cheshire – 13 January 1921 at Buddington, Midhurst) was a British poet and translator.


Born in Runcorn, Cheshire, Bourdillon was educated at Worcester College, Oxford. From 1876 to 1879, he acted as tutor to the sons of Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein.[1] Later he lived in Eastbourne,[2] and near Midhurst, Sussex.[3]


He is known mostly for his poetry, and in particular for the single short poem "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes". He had many collections published, including Among The Flowers, And Other Poems (1878), Minuscula: lyrics of nature, art and love (1897, siftings of three smaller volumes of verse published anonymously at Oxford in 1891, 1892, and 1894), Gerard and Isabel: a Romance in Form of Cantefable (1921), and also Chryseis, and Preludes and Romances (1908).

In 1896 he published Nephelé, a romantic novel. He translated Aucassin et Nicolette as Aucassin and Nicolet (1887), and he wrote the scholarly The Early Editions of the Roman de la Rose (1906) as well as Russia Reborn (1917) and various essays which the Religious Tract Society published.


  1. ^ "FW Bourdillon, Poet, Scholar, and Editor of old French Romances". The London Times. 14 Jan 1921. 
  2. ^ Eastbourne Memories, A Victorian Perspective of, notable events, Persons and town history - online book at
  3. ^ Nicholas Albery (editor), Poem for the Day, p. 89.

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