Barter by Sara Teasdale

Teasdale was a lyric poet born in St. Louis, Missouri. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection Love Songs in 1918, and an award that is listed as the earliest Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Barter1918 Life has loveliness to sell,All beautiful and splendid things,Blue waves whitened on a cliff,Soaring fire that sways and … Continue reading Barter by Sara Teasdale

Ode on Melancholy by John Keats

Ode on Melancholy1819 No, no, go not to Lethe, neither twistWolf's-bane, tight-rooted, for its poisonous wine;Nor suffer thy pale forehead to be kiss'dBy nightshade, ruby grape of Proserpine;Make not your rosary of yew-berries,Nor let the beetle, nor the death-moth beYour mournful Psyche, nor the downy owlA partner in your sorrow's mysteries;For shade to shade will … Continue reading Ode on Melancholy by John Keats

Song from Pippa Passes by Robert Browning

Song from Pippa Passes1841 The year's at the spring,And day's at the morn;Morning's at seven;The hill-side's dew-pearl'd;The lark's on the wing;The snail's on the thorn;God's in His heaven—All's right with the world! Robert BrowningBorn: 7 May 1812, London, UKNationality: EnglishDied: 12 December 1889, Venice, Italy Browning was a poet and playwright whose dramatic monologue made … Continue reading Song from Pippa Passes by Robert Browning

Song of the Lotus-Eaters by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Song of the Lotus-Eaters1832 There is sweet music here that softer fallsThan petals from blown roses on the grass,Or night-dews on still waters between wallsOf shadowy granite, in a gleaming pass ;Music that gentlier on the spirit lies,Than tired eyelids upon tired eyes ;Music that brings sweet sleep down from the blissful skies.Here are cool … Continue reading Song of the Lotus-Eaters by Alfred Lord Tennyson

God Save the King by Henry Carey

God Save the King God save our gracious king!Long live our noble king!God save the king!Send him victorious,Happy and glorious,Long to reign over us—God save the king! O Lord our God, arise!Scatter his enemies,And make them fall;Confound their politics,Frustrate their knavish tricks;On him our hopes we fix,God save us all! Thy choicest gifts in storeOn … Continue reading God Save the King by Henry Carey

Recessional by Rudyard Kipling

Recessional1897 God of our fathers, known of old,Lord of our far-flung battle-line,Beneath whose awful Hand we holdDominion over palm and pine—Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,Lest we forget—lest we forget! The tumult and the shouting dies;The Captains and the Kings depart:Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,An humble and a contrite heart.Lord God of Hosts, … Continue reading Recessional by Rudyard Kipling

Chaucer’s Prophecy by Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer's Prophecyc1380 When priestes failen in their saws,And lordes turne Godde's lawsAgainst the right;And lechery is holden as privy solace,And robbery as free purchase,Beware then of ill!Then shall the Land of AlbionTurne to confusion,As sometime it befell. Ora pro Anglia Sancta Maria, quod Thomas Cantuaria. Sweet Jesus, heaven's King,Fair and best of all thing,You bring … Continue reading Chaucer’s Prophecy by Geoffrey Chaucer

Battle of the Baltic by Thomas Campbell

Battle of the Baltic1801 Of Nelson and the NorthSing the glorious day’s renown,When to battle fierce came forthAll the might of Denmark’s crown,And her arms along the deep proudly shone;By each gun the lighted brandIn a bold determined hand,And the Prince of all the landLed them on. Like leviathans afloatLay their bulwarks on the brine,While … Continue reading Battle of the Baltic by Thomas Campbell

A Prayer for my Daughter by William Butler Yeats

A Prayer for my Daughter1919 Once more the storm is howling, and half hidUnder this cradle-hood and coverlidMy child sleeps on. There is no obstacleBut Gregory's wood and one bare hillWhereby the haystack- and roof-levelling wind,Bred on the Atlantic, can be stayed;And for an hour I have walked and prayedBecause of the great gloom that … Continue reading A Prayer for my Daughter by William Butler Yeats

Shall earth no more inspire thee by Emily Brontë

Shall earth no more inspire thee Shall earth no more inspire thee,Thou lonely dreamer now?Since passion may not fire theeShall Nature cease to bow? Thy mind is ever movingIn regions dark to thee;Recall its useless roving—Come back and dwell with me. I know my mountain breezesEnchant and soothe thee still—I know my sunshine pleasesDespite thy … Continue reading Shall earth no more inspire thee by Emily Brontë

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

Nothing Gold Can Stay1923 Nature’s first green is gold,Her hardest hue to hold.Her early leaf’s a flower;But only so an hour.Then leaf subsides to leaf.So Eden sank to grief,So dawn goes down to day.Nothing gold can stay Robert FrostBorn: 20 March 1874, California, USANationality: AmericanDied: 29 January 1963, Massachusetts, USA Robert Lee Frost was a … Continue reading Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

Song of Myself LII by Walt Whitman

The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me, he complains of my gab and my loitering. I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. The last scud of day holds back for me, It flings my likeness after the rest and true as any on the shadow’d wilds, It coaxes me to the vapor and the dusk....

A Poet’s Death Is His Life IV by Kahlil Gibran

The dark wings of night enfolded the city upon which Nature had spread a pure white garment of snow; and men deserted the streets for their houses in search of warmth, while the north wind probed in contemplation of laying waste the gardens. There in the suburb stood an old hut heavily laden with snow and on the verge of falling. In a dark recess of that hovel was a poor bed in which a dying youth was lying, staring at the dim light of his oil lamp, made to flicker by the entering winds....