English poetry

Poems in English


He shouts in the sails of the ships at sea, He steals the down from the honeybee, He makes the […]

The Precinct. Rochester

The tall yellow hollyhocks stand, Still and straight, With their round blossoms spread open, In the quiet sunshine. And still […]

Azure and Gold

April had covered the hills With flickering yellows and reds, The sparkle and coolness of snow Was blown from the […]

The Captured Goddess

Over the housetops, Above the rotating chimney-pots, I have seen a shiver of amethyst, And blue and cinnamon have flickered […]

The Road to Avignon

A Minstrel stands on a marble stair, Blown by the bright wind, debonair; Below lies the sea, a sapphire floor, […]

To a Friend

I ask but one thing of you, only one, That always you will be my dream of you; That never […]

A Japanese Wood-Carving

High up above the open, welcoming door It hangs, a piece of wood with colours dim. Once, long ago, it […]


‘T is you that are the music, not your song. The song is but a door which, opening wide, Lets […]

The Shadow

Paul Jannes was working very late, For this watch must be done by eight To-morrow or the Cardinal Would certainly […]

The Fruit Garden Path

The path runs straight between the flowering rows, A moonlit path, hemmed in by beds of bloom, Where phlox and […]

The Painter on Silk

There was a man Who made his living By painting roses Upon silk. He sat in an upper chamber And […]

A Little Song

When you, my Dear, are away, away, How wearily goes the creeping day. A year drags after morning, and night […]

Off the Turnpike

Good ev’nin’, Mis’ Priest. I jest stepped in to tell you Good-bye. Yes, it’s all over. All my things is […]


Be not angry with me that I bear Your colours everywhere, All through each crowded street, And meet The wonder-light […]

Behind a Wall

I own a solace shut within my heart, A garden full of many a quaint delight And warm with drowsy, […]

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