English poetry

Poems in English

The Dawning

Awake, sad heart, whom sorrow ever drowns ; Take up thine eyes, which feed on earth ; Unfold thy forehead, […]


Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin. But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow […]


O blessed body! Whither are thou thrown? No lodging for thee, but a cold hard stone? So many hearts on […]

Love (II)

Immortal Heat, O let thy greater flame Attract the lesser to it: let those fires Which shall consume the world, […]

Easter Wings

Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store, Though foolishly he lost the same, Decaying more and more, Till he […]

Sonnet (I)

My God, where is that ancient heat towards thee, Wherewith whole showls of Martyrs once did burn, Besides their other […]

Love (III)

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin. But quick-ey’d Love, observing me grow […]


Welcome dear feast of Lent: who loves not thee, He loves not Temperance, or Authority, But is compos’d of passion. […]

Affliction (IV)

Broken in pieces all asunder, Lord, hunt me not, A thing forgot, Once a poor creature, now a wonder, A […]

A Dialogue

Man. SWEETEST Saviour, if my soul Were but worth the having, Quickly should I then control Any thought of waving. […]

The Collar

I struck the board, and cried “No more! I will abroad. What, shall I ever sigh and pine? My lines […]

Sighs And Groans

O do not use me After my sins! look not on my dessert, But on your glory! Then you will […]

Good Friday

O my chief good, How shall I measure out thy blood? How shall I count what thee befell, And each […]

The Windows

Lord, how can man preach thy eternall word? He is a brittle crazie glasse: Yet in thy temple thou dost […]

The Sinner

Lord, how I am all ague, when I seek What I have treasur’d in my memory! Since, if my soul […]


Holiness on the head, Light and perfection on the breast, Harmonious bells below, raising the dead To led them unto […]

The Altar

A broken ALTAR, Lord, thy servant rears, Made of a heart and cemented with tears; Whose parts are as thy […]


O who will give me tears? Come, all ye springs, Dwell in my head and eyes; come, clouds And rain; […]

Affliction (II)

Kill me not ev’ry day, Thou Lord of life, since thy one death for me Is more than all my […]

A Dialogue-Anthem

Alas, poor Death! Where is thy glory? Where is thy famous force, thy ancient sting? Alas, poor mortal, void of […]

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