English poetry

Poems in English

On a certain Lady at Court

I know the thing that’s most uncommon; (Envy be silent and attend!) I know a Reasonable Woman, Handsome and witty, […]

The Riddle of the World

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan The proper study of Mankind is Man. Placed on this isthmus of […]

Solitude: An Ode

I. How happy he, who free from care The rage of courts, and noise of towns; Contented breaths his native […]

Sound And Sense

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learned to dance. ‘Tis not […]


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

An Essay On Criticism

‘Tis hard to say, if greater Want of Skill Appear in Writing or in Judging ill, But, of the two, […]

The Dying Christian to His Soul

Vital spark of heav’nly flame! Quit, O quit this mortal frame: Trembling, hoping, ling’ring, flying, O the pain, the bliss […]


When wise Ulysses, from his native coast Long kept by wars, and long by tempests toss’d, Arrived at last, poor, […]