English poetry

Poems in English

Under the Violets

HER hands are cold; her face is white; No more her pulses come and go; Her eyes are shut to […]

Old Ironsides

Ay, tear her tattered ensign down! Long has it waved on high, And many an eye has danced to see […]

My Aviary

THROUGH my north window, in the wintry weather, My airy oriel on the river shore, I watch the sea-fowl as […]

The Old Man Dreams

OH for one hour of youthful joy! Give back my twentieth spring! I’d rather laugh, a bright-haired boy, Than reign, […]

The Chambered Nautilus

THIS is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign, Sails the unshadowed main, The venturous bark that flings On the […]

Sun and Shadow

As I look from the isle, o’er its billows of green, To the billows of foam-crested blue, Yon bark, that […]

The Flaâneur

I love all sights of earth and skies, From flowers that glow to stars that shine; The comet and the […]

Brother Jonathan’s Lament

SHE has gone, she has left us in passion and pride, Our stormy-browed sister, so long at our side! She […]

Cacoethes Scribendi

If all the trees in all the woods were men; And each and every blade of grass a pen; If […]

Union and Liberty

FLAG of the heroes who left us their glory, Borne through their battle-fields’ thunder and flame, Blazoned in song and […]

The Last Leaf

I saw him once before, As he passed by the door, And again The pavement stones resound, As he totters […]

Dorothy Q

GRANDMOTHER’s mother: her age, I guess, Thirteen summers, or something less; Girlish bust, but womanly air; Smooth, square forehead with […]

The September Gale

I’M not a chicken; I have seen Full many a chill September, And though I was a youngster then, That […]

The Iron Gate

WHERE is this patriarch you are kindly greeting? Not unfamiliar to my ear his name, Nor yet unknown to many […]

The Two Streams

Behold the rocky wall That down its sloping sides Pours the swift rain-drops, blending, as they fall, In rushing river-tides! […]


An Unpublished Poem, by my late Latin Tutor. In candent ire the solar splendor flames; The foles, languescent, pend from […]

The Dorchester Giant

THERE was a giant in time of old, A mighty one was he; He had a wife, but she was […]


“Man wants but little here below.” LITTLE I ask; my wants are few; I only wish a hut of stone, […]

The Voiceless

WE count the broken lyres that rest Where the sweet wailing singers slumber, But o’er their silent sister’s breast The […]

The Flower of Liberty

WHAT flower is this that greets the morn, Its hues from Heaven so freshly born? With burning star and flaming […]

The Silent Melody

“BRING me my broken harp,” he said; “We both are wrecks, but as ye will, Though all its ringing tones […]

A Farewell to Agassiz

How the mountains talked together, Looking down upon the weather, When they heard our friend had planned his Little trip […]

The Opening of the Piano

IN the little southern parlor of tbe house you may have seen With the gambrel-roof, and the gable looking westward […]


SEXTON! Martha’s dead and gone; Toll the bell! toll the bell! Her weary hands their labor cease; Good night, poor […]

A Familiar Letter

YES, write, if you want to, there’s nothing like trying; Who knows what a treasure your casket may hold? I’ll […]

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