Frances Cornford (1886-1960) was a granddaughter of Charles Darwin, and mother of the Spanish Civil War poet John Cornford. This poem was first published in her collection Mountains and Molehills (1934). She published six volumes of poetry between 1910 and 1954, and a morality play Death and the Princess (Cambridge, 1912). This is the fourth of a series of five poems which coincides with the South Bank Centre's Towards the Millennium festival which runs throughout March and April. An exhibition of poetry from the Thirties is on show at The Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, London, until 30 April.