English poetry

Poems in English

The Philosophical Egotist

Hast thou the infant seen that yet, unknowing of the love Which warms and cradles, calmly sleeps the mother’s heart […]

Punch Song

Four elements, joined in Harmonious strife, Shadow the world forth, And typify life. Into the goblet The lemon’s juice pour; […]

The Proverbs Of Confucius

Threefold is the march of time While the future slow advances, Like a dart the present glances, Silent stands the […]

Feast Of Victory

Priam’s castle-walls had sunk, Troy in dust and ashes lay, And each Greek, with triumph drunk, Richly laden with his […]

The Lay Of The Bell

Fast, in its prison-walls of earth, Awaits the mould of baked clay. Up, comrades, up, and aid the birth The […]


We speak with the lip, and we dream in the soul, Of some better and fairer day; And our days, […]

Parables And Riddles

I. A bridge of pearls its form uprears High o’er a gray and misty sea; E’en in a moment it […]

The Pilgrim

Youth’s gay springtime scarcely knowing Went I forth the world to roam And the dance of youth, the glowing, Left […]

The Knights Of St. John

Oh, nobly shone the fearful cross upon your mail afar, When Rhodes and Acre hailed your might, O lions of […]

Political Precept

All that thou doest is right; but, friend, don’t carry this precept On too far, be content, all that is […]

Melancholy To Laura

Laura! a sunrise seems to break Where’er thy happy looks may glow. Joy sheds its roses o’er thy cheek, Thy […]

The Fortune-Favored

Ah! happy he, upon whose birth each god Looks down in love, whose earliest sleep the bright Idalia cradles, whose […]

The Dance

See how, like lightest waves at play, the airy dancers fleet; And scarcely feels the floor the wings of those […]

The Walk

Hail to thee, mountain beloved, with thy glittering purple-dyed summit! Hail to thee also, fair sun, looking so lovingly on! […]

Majestas Populi

Majesty of the nature of man! In crowds shall I seek thee? ‘Tis with only a few that thou hast […]

The Gods Of Greece

Ye in the age gone by, Who ruled the world a world how lovely then! And guided still the steps […]


Friend! the Great Ruler, easily content, Needs not the laws it has laborious been The task of small professors to […]


To Archimedes once a scholar came, “Teach me,” he said, “the art that won thy fame; The godlike art which […]

The Assignation

Hear I the creaking gate unclose? The gleaming latch uplifted? No ’twas the wind that, whirring, rose, Amidst the poplars […]

The Complaint Of Ceres

Does pleasant spring return once more? Does earth her happy youth regain? Sweet suns green hills are shining o’er; Soft […]

The Lay Of The Mountain

To the solemn abyss leads the terrible path, The life and death winding dizzy between; In thy desolate way, grim […]

To Proselytizers

“Give me only a fragment of earth beyond the earth’s limits,” So the godlike man said, “and I will move […]

Thekla – A Spirit Voice

Whither was it that my spirit wended When from thee my fleeting shadow moved? Is not now each earthly conflict […]

Beauteous Individuality

Thou in truth shouldst be one, yet not with the whole shouldst thou be so. ‘Tis through the reason thou’rt […]

The Veiled Statue At Sais

A youth, impelled by a burning thirst for knowledge To roam to Sais, in fair Egypt’s land, The priesthood’s secret […]

The Ideals

And wilt thou, faithless one, then, leave me, With all thy magic phantasy, With all the thoughts that joy or […]

The Driver

“What knight or what vassal will be so bold As to plunge in the gulf below? See! I hurl in […]

The Cranes Of Ibycus

Once to the song and chariot-fight, Where all the tribes of Greece unite On Corinth’s isthmus joyously, The god-loved Ibycus […]

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