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Francis Thompson was born to a middle-class Catholic family. He went to medical school but dropped out, succumbing to opium addiction. Thompson spent years wandering London's streets, and was eventually rescued from suicide by a prostitute, before he managed to turn his life around.

Thompson later became famous for his poem "The Hound of Heaven," the tale of a soul that has exhausted itself running away from God until it finally yields to the divine embrace. This poem was extremely popular in the early Twentieth Century, and a favorite of, among others, Paramahansa Yogananda, the great ambassador of Yoga to the West.

Poems by Francis Thompson


Recommended Books: Francis Thompson

The Oxford Book of Mystical Verse The Hound of Heaven The Hound of Heaven and Other Poems The Hound of Heaven at My Heels: The Lost Diary of Francis Thompson Poetry As Prayer: The Hound of Heave





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Francis Thompson: Author of Hound of Heaven
http://www.ad2000.com.au/articles/2000/may2000p12_57.html

A good, brief biography of Francis Thompson.
Francis Thompson