English poetry

Poems in English

The Division Of The Earth

“Take the world!” Zeus exclaimed from his throne in the skies To the children of man “take the world I […]

The Sower

Sure of the spring that warms them into birth, The golden seeds thou trustest to the earth; And dost thou […]

Fortune And Wisdom

Enraged against a quondam friend, To Wisdom once proud Fortune said “I’ll give thee treasures without end, If thou wilt […]

The Artists

How gracefully, O man, with thy palm-bough, Upon the waning century standest thou, In proud and noble manhood’s prime, With […]

Honor To Woman

Honor to woman! To her it is given To garden the earth with the roses of heaven! All blessed, she […]


Believe me, together The bright gods come ever, Still as of old; Scarce see I Bacchus, the giver of joy, […]

The Alpine Hunter

Wilt thou not the lambkins guard? Oh, how soft and meek they look, Feeding on the grassy sward, Sporting round […]

Hymn To Joy

Joy, thou goddess, fair, immortal, Offspring of Elysium, Mad with rapture, to the portal Of thy holy fame we come! […]

The Invincible Armada

She comes, she comes the burden of the deeps! Beneath her wails the universal sea! With clanking chains and a […]

The Greatness Of The World

Through the world which the Spirit creative and kind First formed out of chaos, I fly like the wind, Until […]

Germany And Her Princes

Thou hast produced mighty monarchs, of whom thou art not unworthy, For the obedient alone make him who governs them […]

The Youth By The Brook

Beside the brook the boy reclined And wove his flowery wreath, And to the waves the wreath consigned The waves […]

The German Art

By no kind Augustus reared, To no Medici endeared, German art arose; Fostering glory smiled not on her, Ne’er with […]


Even the beauteous must die! This vanquishes men and immortals; But of the Stygian god moves not the bosom of […]

The Bards Of Olden Time

Say, where is now that glorious race, where now are the singers Who, with the accents of life, listening nations […]

The Virtue Of Woman

Man of virtue has need;-into life with boldness he plunges, Entering with fortune more sure into the hazardous strife; But […]


Monument of our own age’s shame, On thy country casting endless blame, Rousseau’s grave, how dear thou art to me […]

The Eleusinian Festival

Wreathe in a garland the corn’s golden ear! With it, the Cyane [31] blue intertwine Rapture must render each glance […]

The Maiden’s Lament

The clouds fast gather, The forest-oaks roar A maiden is sitting Beside the green shore, The billows are breaking with […]

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