English poetry

Poems in English

The Author to her Book

Thou ill-form’d offspring of my feeble brain, Who after birth did’st by my side remain, Till snatcht from thence by […]

Spirit

Be still, thou unregenerate part, Disturb no more my settled heart, For I have vow’d (and so will do) Thee […]

Epitaphs

Her Mother’s Epitaph Here lies A worthy matron of unspotted life, A loving mother and obedient wife, A friendly neighbor, […]

Upon a Fit of Sickness

Twice ten years old not fully told Since nature gave me breath, My race is run, my thread spun, Lo, […]

Upon Some Distemper of Body

In anguish of my heart replete with woes, And wasting pains, which best my body knows, In tossing slumbers on […]

Meditations Divine and Moral

A ship that bears much sail, and little ballast, is easily Overset; and that man, whose head hath great abilities, […]

Of the Four Ages of Man

Lo, now four other act upon the stage, Childhood and Youth, the Many and Old age: The first son unto […]

Prologue

1 To sing of Wars, of Captains, and of Kings, 2 Of Cities founded, Common-wealths begun, 3 For my mean […]

Another (II)

As loving hind that (hartless) wants her deer, Scuds through the woods and fern with hark’ning ear, Perplext, in every […]

The Four Ages of Man

1.1 Lo now! four other acts upon the stage, 1.2 Childhood, and Youth, the Manly, and Old-age. 1.3 The first: […]

Contemplations

1 Sometime now past in the Autumnal Tide, 2 When Ph{oe}bus wanted but one hour to bed, 3 The trees […]

The Flesh and the Spirit

In secret place where once I stood Close by the Banks of Lacrim flood, I heard two sisters reason on […]

A Letter to Her Husband

Absent upon Public Employment My head, my heart, mine eyes, my life, nay more, My joy, my magazine, of earthly […]

Another

Phoebus make haste, the day’s too long, be gone, The silent night’s the fittest time for moan; But stay this […]