English poetry

Poems in English

The Robe of Christ

(For Cecil Chesterton) At the foot of the Cross on Calvary Three soldiers sat and diced, And one of them […]


(For Mrs. Henry Mills Alden) I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree […]

Mid-ocean in War-time

(For My Mother) The fragile splendour of the level sea, The moon’s serene and silver-veiled face, Make of this vessel […]

The Proud Poet

(For Shaemas O Sheel) One winter night a Devil came and sat upon my bed, His eyes were full of […]

Easter Week

(In memory of Joseph Mary Plunkett) (“Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone, It’s with O’Leary in the grave.”) William Butler Yeats. […]


(For Aline) From what old ballad, or from what rich frame Did you descend to glorify the earth? Was it […]

A Blue Valentine

(For Aline) Monsignore, Right Reverend Bishop Valentinus, Sometime of Interamna, which is called Ferni, Now of the delightful Court of […]


(For Amelia Josephine Burr) The road is wide and the stars are out And the breath of the night is […]

The Thorn

(For the Rev. Charles L. O’Donnell, C. S. C.) The garden of God is a radiant place, And every flower […]

Lionel Johnson

(For the Rev. John J. Burke, C. S. P.) There was a murkier tinge in London’s air As if the […]

Mount Houvenkopf

Serene he stands, with mist serenely crowned, And draws a cloak of trees about his breast. The thunder roars but […]


A few long-hoarded pennies in his hand Behold him stand; A kilted Hedonist, perplexed and sad. The joy that once […]


(For Sara Teasdale) The lonely farm, the crowded street, The palace and the slum, Give welcome to my silent feet […]

To Certain Poets

Now is the rhymer’s honest trade A thing for scornful laughter made. The merchant’s sneer, the clerk’s disdain, These are […]


(For Aline) Homer, they tell us, was blind and could not see the beautiful Faces Looking up into his own […]


(For Katherine Bregy) I went to gather roses and twine them in a ring, For I would make a posy, […]

The Snowman in the Yard

(For Thomas Augustine Daly) The Judge’s house has a splendid porch, with pillars And steps of stone, And the Judge […]

Citizen of the World

No longer of Him be it said “He hath no place to lay His head.” In every land a constant […]

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