English poetry

Poems in English

Eloisa to Abelard

In these deep solitudes and awful cells, Where heav’nly-pensive contemplation dwells, And ever-musing melancholy reigns; What means this tumult in […]

The Rape of the Lock: Canto 5

She said: the pitying audience melt in tears, But Fate and Jove had stopp’d the Baron’s ears. In vain Thalestris […]

Lines on Curll

So when Curll’s Stomach the strong Drench o’ercame, (Infus’d in Vengenance of insulted Fame) Th’ Avenger sees, with a delighted […]

From an Essay on Man

Heav’n from all creatures hides the book of fate, All but the page prescrib’d, their present state: From brutes what […]

The Rape of the Lock: Canto 4

But anxious cares the pensive nymph oppress’d, And secret passions labour’d in her breast. Not youthful kings in battle seiz’d […]

The Rape of the Lock

Part 1 WHAT dire Offence from am’rous Causes springs, What mighty Contests rise from trivial Things, I sing This Verse […]

Ode on Solitude

Happy the man, whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air, In his […]

The Iliad: Book VI (excerpt)

He said, and pass’d with sad presaging heart To seek his spouse, his soul’s far dearer part; At home he […]


See what delights in sylvan scenes appear! Descending Gods have found Elysium here. In woods bright Venus with Adonis stray’d, […]

Universal Prayer

Father of all! In every age, In ev’ry clime ador’d, By saint, by savage, and by sage, Jehovah, Jove, or […]

Essay on Man

The First Epistle Awake, my ST. JOHN!(1) leave all meaner things To low ambition, and the pride of Kings. Let […]

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