English poetry

Poems in English

The Meeting

After so long an absence At last we meet agin: Does the meeting give us pleasure, Or does it give […]


Dear child! how radiant on thy mother’s knee, With merry-making eyes and jocund smiles, Thou gazest at the painted tiles, […]


You shall hear how Pau-Puk-Keewis, He, the handsome Yenadizze, Whom the people called the Storm-Fool, Vexed the village with disturbance; […]

Hiawatha’s Departure

By the shore of Gitche Gumee, By the shining Big-Sea-Water, At the doorway of his wigwam, In the pleasant Summer […]


The pages of thy book I read, And as I closed each one, My heart, responding, ever said, “Servant of […]

The Children’s Hour

Between the dark and the daylight, When the night is beginning to lower, Comes a pause in the day’s occupation, […]


Welcome, my old friend, Welcome to a foreign fireside, While the sullen gales of autumn Shake the windows. The ungrateful […]


From the outskirts of the town, Where of old the mile-stone stood, Now a stranger, looking down I behold the […]

The Light of Stars

The night is come, but not too soon; And sinking silently, All silently, the little moon Drops down behind the […]

The Building of the Ship

“Build me straight, O worthy Master! Stanch and strong, a goodly vessel, That shall laugh at all disaster, And with […]

A Psalm of Life

WHAT THE HEART OF THE YOUNG MAN SAID TO THE PSALMIST. Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but […]

The Poet’s Calendar

January Janus am I; oldest of potentates; Forward I look, and backward, and below I count, as god of avenues […]

Hymn to the Night

I heard the trailing garments of the Night Sweep through her marble halls! I saw her sable skirts all fringed […]

The Sound of the Sea

The sea awoke at midnight from its sleep, And round the pebbly beaches far and wide I heard the first […]


I like that ancient Saxon phrase, which calls The burial-ground God’s-Acre! It is just; It consecrates each grave within its […]

Sir Humphrey Gilbert

Southward with fleet of ice Sailed the corsair Death; Wild and gast blew the blast, And the east-wind was his […]

The Day is Done

The day is done, and the darkness Falls from the wings of Night, As a feather is wafted downward From […]

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