English poetry

Poems in English

Waverley

1814-1914 When, on a novel’s newly printed page We find a maudlin eulogy of sin, And read of ways that […]

The White Ships and the Red

(For Alden March) With drooping sail and pennant That never a wind may reach, They float in sunless waters Beside […]

Multiplication

(For S. M. E.) I take my leave, with sorrow, of Him I love so well; I look my last […]

The New School

(For My Mother) The halls that were loud with the merry tread of Young and careless feet Are still with […]

Folly

(For A. K. K.) What distant mountains thrill and glow Beneath our Lady Folly’s tread? Why has she left us, […]

The Rosary

Not on the lute, nor harp of many strings Shall all men praise the Master of all song. Our life […]

In Memory of Rupert Brooke

In alien earth, across a troubled sea, His body lies that was so fair and young. His mouth is stopped, […]

Main Street

(For S. M. L.) I like to look at the blossomy track of the moon upon the sea, But it […]

Martin

When I am tired of earnest men, Intense and keen and sharp and clever, Pursuing fame with brush or pen […]

St. Laurence

Within the broken Vatican The murdered Pope is lying dead. The soldiers of Valerian Their evil hands are wet and […]

Old Poets

(For Robert Cortez Holliday) If I should live in a forest And sleep underneath a tree, No grove of impudent […]

The Annunciation

(For Helen Parry Eden) “Hail Mary, full of grace,” the Angel saith. Our Lady bows her head, and is ashamed; […]

Alarm Clocks

When Dawn strides out to wake a dewy farm Across green fields and yellow hills of hay The little twittering […]

The Fourth Shepherd

(For Thomas Walsh) I On nights like this the huddled sheep Are like white clouds upon the grass, And merry […]

Kings

(For the Rev. James B. Dollard) The Kings of the earth are men of might, And cities are burned for […]

Dave Lilly

There’s a brook on the side of Greylock that used To be full of trout, But there’s nothing there now […]

Memorial Day

“Dulce et decorum est” The bugle echoes shrill and sweet, But not of war it sings to-day. The road is […]

The Big Top

The boom and blare of the big brass band is cheering To my heart And I like the smell of […]

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