English poetry

Poems in English

The Captive’s Dream

Methought I saw him but I knew him not; He was so changed from what he used to be, There […]

Despondency

I have gone backward in the work, The labour has not sped, Drowsy and dark my spirit lies, Heavy and […]

A Fragment

‘Maiden, thou wert thoughtless once Of beauty or of grace, Simple and homely in attire Careless of form and face. […]

A Reminiscence

YES, thou art gone! and never more Thy sunny smile shall gladden me ; But I may pass the old […]

The Arbour

I’ll rest me in this sheltered bower, And look upon the clear blue sky That smiles upon me through the […]

Call Me Away

Call me away; there’s nothing here, That wins my soul to stay; Then let me leave this prospect drear, And […]

An Orphan’s Lament

She’s gone and twice the summer’s sun Has gilt Regina’s towers, And melted wild Angora’s snows, And warmed Exina’s bowers. […]

Past Days

‘Tis strange to think, there was a time When mirth was not an empty name, When laughter really cheered the […]

A Word To The ‘Elect’

You may rejoice to think yourselves secure; You may be grateful for the gift divine That grace unsought, which made […]

Self-Congratulation

Ellen, you were thoughtless once Of beauty or of grace, Simple and homely in attire, Careless of form and face; […]

Music on Christmas Morning

Music I love -­ but never strain Could kindle raptures so divine, So grief assuage, so conquer pain, And rouse […]

The Narrow Way

Believe not those who say The upward path is smooth, Lest thou shouldst stumble in the way And faint before […]

The Consolation

Though bleak these woods and damp the ground With fallen leaves so thickly strewn, And cold the wind that wanders […]

Retirement

O, let me be alone a while, No human form is nigh. And may I sing and muse aloud, No […]

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