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The Garden

By: Thomas Campion

Poetry

Excerpt: THERE is a garden in her face, // Where roses and white lilies grow; // A heavenly paradise is that place, // Wherein all pleasant fruits do flow. // These cherries grow which none may buy, // Till Cherry-ripe themselves do cry. // Those cherries fairly do enclose // Of orient pearl a double row, // Which when her lovely laughter shows, // They look like rosebuds filled with snow. // Yet them nor peer nor prince can buy, // Till Cherry-ripe themselves do cry. //...

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The Smooth Divine

By: Timothy Dwight

Poetry

Excerpt: THERE smiled the smooth Divine, unused to wound // The sinner's heart with hell's alarming sound. // No terrors on his gentle tongue attend; // No grating truths the nicest ear offend. // That strange new-birth, that methodistic grace, // Nor in his heart nor sermons found a place. // Plato's fine tales he clumsily retold, // Trite, fireside, moral seesaws, dull as old,- // His Christ and Bible placed at good remove, // Guild hell-deserving, and forgiving love. ...

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Sonnets from the Portuguese, And Other Poems

By: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Poetry

Excerpt: I // I thought once how Theocritus had sung // Of the sweet years, the dear and wished-for years, // Who each one in a gracious hand appears // To bear a gift for mortals, old or young; // And, as I mused it in his antique tongue, // I saw, in gradual vision through my tears, // The sweet, sad years, the melancholy years, // Those of my own life, who by turns had flung // A shadow across me. Straightaway I was 'ware, // So weeping, how a mystic Shape did move //...

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I Know Not How It Falls on Me

By: Emily Bronte

Poetry

Excerpt: I KNOW not how it falls on me, // This summer evening, hushed and lone; // Yet the faint wind comes soothingly // With something of an olden tone. // Forgive me if I've shunned so long // Your gentle greeting, earth and air! // But sorrow withers e'en the strong, // And who can fight against despair?

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In These Days

By: Ebenezer Elliott

Poetry

Excerpt: IN these days, every mother's son or daughter // Writes verse, which no one reads except the writer, // Although, uninked, the paper would be whiter, // And worth, per ream, a hare, when you have caught her. // Hundreds of unstaunched Shelleys daily water // Unanswering dust; a thousand Wordsworths scribble; // And twice a thousand Corn Law Rhymers dribble // Rhymed prose, unread. Hymners of fraud and slaughter, // By cant called other names, alone find buyers -...

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The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock

By: T.S. Eliot

Poetry

Excerpt: LET us go then, you and I, // When the evening is spread out against the sky // Like a patient etherised upon a table; // Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets, // The muttering retreats // Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels // And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells: // Streets that follow like a tedious argument // Of insidious intent // To lead you to an overwhelming question...// Oh, do not ask, What is it? // Let us go and make our v...

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Promise

By: Paul Laurence Dunbar

Poetry

Excerpt: I GREW a rose within a garden fair, // And, tending it with more than loving care, // I thought how, with the glory of its bloom, // I should the darkness of my life illume; // And, watching, ever smiled to see the lusty bud // Drink freely in the summer sun to tinct its blood. // My rose began to open, and its hue // Was sweet to me as to it sun and dew; // I watched it taking on its ruddy flame // Until the day of perfect blooming came, // Then hasted I with s...

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The Wanderer

By: Francis Ledwidge

Poetry

Excerpt: All day they loitered by the resting ships, // Telling their beauties over, taking stock; // At night the verdict left my messmate's lips, // The Wanderer is the finest ship in dock. // I had not seen her, but a friend, since drowned, // Drew her, with painted ports, low, lovely, lean, // Saying, The Wanderer, clipper, outward bound, // The loveliest ship my eyes have ever seen- // Perhaps to-morrow you will see her sail. // She sails at sunrise: but the morrow ...

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Sonnets from the Portuguese, And Other Poems

By: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Poetry

Excerpt: Transcribed from the 1850 Edition...

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Gordon Bottomley

By: Rupert Brooke

Poetry

Excerpt: King Lear's Wife // To T. S. M. // Dramatis Personae // Lear, King of Britain. // Hygd, his Queen. // Goneril, daughter to King Lear. // Cordeil, daughter to King Lear. // Gormflaith, waiting-woman to Queen Hygd. // Merryn, waiting-woman to Queen Hygd. // A Physician. // Two Elderly Women // King Lear's Wife. // The scene is a bedchamber in a one-storied house. // The walls consist of a few courses of huge irregular // boulders roughly squared and fitted togethe...

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Give All to Love

By: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry

Excerpt: GIVE all to love; // Obey thy heart; // Friends, kindred, days, // Estate, good-fame, // Plans, credit, and the Muse,- // Nothing refuse. // 'Tis a brave master; // Let it have scope: // Follow it utterly, // Hope beyond hope: // High and more high // It dives into noon, // With wing unspent, // Untold intent; // But it is a God, // Knows its own path // And the outlets of the sky. // It was never for the mean; // It requireth courage stout. // Souls above doubt...

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Frederick Douglass

By: Paul Laurence Dunbar

Poetry

Excerpt: HUSH is over all the teeming lists, // And there is pause, a breathspace in the strife; // A spirit brave has passed beyond the mists // And vapors that obscure the sun of life. // And Ethiopia, with bosom torn, // Laments the passing of her noblest born. // She weeps for him a mother's burning tears- // She loved him with a mother's deepest love. // He was her champion thro' direful years, // And held her weal all other ends above. // When Bondage held her blee...

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The Guards Came through and Other Poems

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Poetry

Excerpt: MEN of the Twenty-first // Up by the Chalk Pit Wood, // Weak with our wounds and our thirst, // Wanting our sleep and our food, // After a day and a night - // God, shall we ever forget! // Beaten and broke in the fight, // But sticking it - sticking it yet. // Trying to hold the line, // Fainting and spent and done, // Always the thud and the whine, // Always the yell of the Hun! // Northumerland, Lancaster, York, // Durham and Somerset, // Fighting alone, worn...

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Amours de Voyage

By: Arthur Hugh Clough

Poetry

Excerpt: Canto I // Over the great windy waters, and over the clear-crested summits, // Unto the sun and the sky, and unto the perfecter earth, // Come, let us go,-to a land wherein gods of the old time wandered, // Where every breath even now changes to ether divine. // Come, let us go; though withal a voice whisper, 'The world that we live in, // Whithersoever we turn, still is the same narrow crib; // 'Tis but to prove limitation, and measure a cord, that we travel; /...

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The Poet and His Song

By: Paul Laurence Dunbar

Poetry

Excerpt: A SONG is but a little thing, // And yet what joy it is to sing! // In hours of toil it gives me zest, // And when at eve I long for rest; // When cows come home along the bars, // And in the fold I hear the bell, // As Night, the shepherd, herds his stars, // I sing my song, and all is well. // There are no ears to hear my lays, // No lips to lift a word of praise; // But still, with faith unfaltering, // I live and laugh and love and sing. // What matters yon ...

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Out of Catallus

By: Richard Crashaw

Poetry

Excerpt: COME and let us live my Dear, // Let us love and never fear, // What the sourest Fathers say: // Brightest Sol that dies today // Lives again as blithe tomorrow, // But if we dark sons of sorrow // Set; o then, how long a Night // Shuts the Eyes of our short light! // Then let amorous kisses dwell // On our lips, begin to tell // A Thousand, and a Hundred, score // An Hundred, and a Thousand more, // Till another Thousand smother // That, and that wipe off anoth...

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Song

By: Paul Laurence Dunbar

Poetry

Excerpt: MY heart to thy heart, // My hand to thine; // My lip to thy lips, // Kisses are wine // Brewed for the lover in sunshine and shade; // Let me drink deep, then, my African maid. // Lily to lily, // Rose unto rose; // My love to thy love // Tenderly grows. // Rend not the oak and the ivy in twain, // Nor the swart maid from her swarthier swain.

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Go, Lovely Rose

By: Edmund Waller

Poetry

Excerpt: GO, lovely Rose, // Tell her that wastes her time and me, // That now she knows, // When I resemble her to thee, // How sweet and fair she seems to be. // Tell her that's young, // And shuns to have her graces spied, // That hadst thou sprung // In deserts where no men abide, // Thou must have uncommended died. // Small is the worth // Of beauty from the light retir'd: // Bid her come forth, // Suffer herself to be desir'd, // And not blush so to be admir'd. // ...

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An Invitation

By: Sir Edmund William Gosse

Poetry

Excerpt: COME to the river-bank with me; // For there are plumed ferns of crescent green, // And in the wine-dark pools are seen // The crimson-spotted trout. // Hush! hush! move through the brake most silently, // Vex with no loud unhallow'd shout // The holy secrecy of this sweet glade, // And you shall see // The dipper rush with sudden flash, and fade // Into the woodland screen; // Nor shall you by your presence make afraid // The kingfisher, who looks down dreamily...

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Friendship

By: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry

Excerpt: A RUDDY drop of manly blood // The surging sea outweighs, // The world uncertain comes and goes; // The lover rooted stays. // I fancied he was fled,- // And, after many a year, // Glowed unexhausted kindliness, // Like daily sunrise there. // My careful heart was free again, // O friend, my bosom said, // Through thee alone the sky is arched, // Through thee the rose is red; // All things through thee take nobler form, // And look beyond the earth, // The mill-...

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