English poetry

Poems in English

Remarks About Kings

“God said I am tired of kings.” EMERSON God said, “I am tired of kings,” But that was a long […]

The Name of France

Give us a name to fill the mind With the shining thoughts that lead mankind, The glory of learning, the […]

The Oxford Thrushes

FEBRUARY, 1917 I never thought again to hear The Oxford thrushes singing clear, Amid the February rain, Their sweet, indomitable […]


Let me but do my work from day to day, In field or forest, at the desk or loom, In […]

A Home Song

I read within a poet’s book A word that starred the page: “Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor […]

A Health to Mark Twain

At his Birthday Feast With memories old and wishes new We crown our cups again, And here’s to you, and […]


‘T was far away and long ago, When I was but a dreaming boy, This fairy tale of love and […]


I PRELUDE Daughter of Psyche, pledge of that last night When, pierced with pain and bitter-sweet delight, She knew her […]


Knight-errant of the Never-ending Quest, And Minstrel of the Unfulfilled Desire; For ever tuning thy frail earthly lyre To some […]

New Year’s Eve

I The other night I had a dream, most clear And comforting, complete In every line, a crystal sphere, And […]

Indian Summer

A soft veil dims the tender skies, And half conceals from pensive eyes The bronzing tokens of the fall; A […]

A Scrap of Paper

“Will you go to war just for a scrap of paper?” Question Of the German Chancellor to the British Ambassador, […]


I would not even ask my heart to say If I could love some other land as well As thee, […]

Autumn in the Garden

When the frosty kiss of Autumn in the dark Makes its mark On the flowers, and the misty morning grieves […]


Wordsworth, thy music like a river rolls Among the mountains, and thy song is fed By living springs far up […]

One World

“The worlds in which we live are two The world ‘I am’ and the world ‘I do.’” The worlds in […]

Time Is

Time is Too Slow for those who Wait, Too Swift for those who Fear, Too Long for those who Grieve, […]

Flood-Tide of Flowers

IN HOLLAND The laggard winter ebbed so slow With freezing rain and melting snow, It seemed as if the earth […]

Master of Music

Glory of architect, glory of painter, and sculptor, and bard, Living forever in temple and picture and statue and song, […]


The melancholy gift Aurora gained From Jove, that her sad lover should not see The face of death, no goddess […]

Sicily, December 1908

O garden isle, beloved by Sun and Sea, Whose bluest billows kiss thy curving bays, Whose amorous light enfolds thee […]

The Ancestral Dwelling

Dear to my heart are the ancestral dwellings of America, Dearer than if they were haunted by ghosts of royal […]

My April Lady

When down the stair at morning The sunbeams round her float, Sweet rivulets of laughter Are bubbling in her throat; […]

If All the Skies

If all the skies were sunshine, Our faces would be fain To feel once more upon them The cooling splash […]


Her eyes are like the evening air, Her voice is like a rose, Her lips are like a lovely song, […]

The Heavenly Hills of Holland

The heavenly hills of Holland, How wondrously they rise Above the smooth green pastures Into the azure skies! With blue […]

Robert Browning

How blind the toil that burrows like the mole, In winding graveyard pathways underground, For Browning’s lineage! What if men […]

To James Whitcomb Riley

On his “Book of Joyous Children” Yours is a garden of old-fashioned flowers; Joyous children delight to play there; Weary […]

When Tulips Bloom

I When tulips bloom in Union Aquare, And timid breaths of vernal air Go wandering down the dusty town, Like […]

Hudson’s Last Voyage

June 22, 1611 THE SHALLOP ON HUDSON BAY One sail in sight upon the lonely sea And only one, God […]

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