English poetry

Poems in English

The True Lover

The lad came to the door at night, When lovers crown their vows, And whistled soft and out of sight […]

The Isle Of Portland

The star-filled seas are smooth tonight From France to England strown; Black towers above Portland light The felon-quarried stone. On […]


The Sun at noon to higher air, Unharnessing the silver Pair That late before his chariot swam, Rides on the […]

Oh Stay At Home, My Lad

Oh stay at home, my lad, and plough The land and not the sea, And leave the soldiers at their […]

In Valleys of Springs and Rivers

“Clunton and Clunbury, Clungunford and Clun, Are the quietest places Under the sun.” In valleys of springs and rivers, By […]

The rainy Pleiads wester

The rainy Pleiads wester, Orion plunges prone, The stroke of midnight ceases And I lie down alone. The rainy Pleiads […]

Is My Team Ploughing

“Is my team ploughing, That I was used to drive And hear the harness jingle When I was man alive?” […]


Stars, I have seen them fall, But when they drop and die No star is lost at all From all […]

The Immortal Part

When I meet the morning beam, Or lay me down at night to dream, I hear my bones within me […]

The Lent Lily

‘Tis spring; come out to ramble The hilly brakes around, For under thorn and bramble About the hollow ground The […]

The Lads in Their Hundreds

The lads in their hundreds to Ludlow come in for the fair, There’s men from the barn and the forge […]


From Clee to heaven the beacon burns, The shires have seen it plain, From north and south the sign returns […]

The New Mistress

“Oh, sick I am to see you, will you never let me be? You may be good for something, but […]

Bredon Hill

In summertime on Bredon The bells they sound so clear; Round both the shires they ring them In steeples far […]

Terence, This is Stupid Stuff

‘TERENCE, this is stupid stuff: You eat your victuals fast enough; There can’t be much amiss, ’tis clear, To see […]

When I Was One-and-Twenty

When I was one-and-twenty I heard a wise man say, “Give crowns and pounds and guineas But not your heart […]

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