English poetry

Poems in English

My Voice

Within this restless, hurried, modern world We took our hearts’ full pleasure – You and I, And now the white […]


(To Sarah Bernhardt) How vain and dull this common world must seem To such a One as thou, who should’st […]


Under the rose-tree’s dancing shade There stands a little ivory girl, Pulling the leaves of pink and pearl With pale […]

Ave Imperatrix

Set in this stormy Northern sea, Queen of these restless fields of tide, England! what shall men say of thee, […]

Santa Decca

The Gods are dead: no longer do we bring To grey-eyed Pallas crowns of olive-leaves! Demeter’s child no more hath […]

Amor Intellectualis

Oft have we trod the vales of Castaly And heard sweet notes of sylvan music blown From antique reeds to […]


A white mist drifts across the shrouds, A wild moon in this wintry sky Gleams like an angry lion’s eye […]


Rome! what a scroll of History thine has been; In the first days thy sword republican Ruled the whole world […]

Roses And Rue

(To L. L.) Could we dig up this long-buried treasure, Were it worth the pleasure, We never could learn love’s […]


I wandered through Scoglietto’s far retreat, The oranges on each o’erhanging spray Burned as bright lamps of gold to shame […]


This winter air is keen and cold, And keen and cold this winter sun, But round my chair the children […]


I. He was a Grecian lad, who coming home With pulpy figs and wine from Sicily Stood at his galley’s […]


Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. All her bright golden […]

Ave Maria Gratia Plena

Was this His coming! I had hoped to see A scene of wondrous glory, as was told Of some great […]

The Garden Of Eros

It is full summer now, the heart of June; Not yet the sunburnt reapers are astir Upon the upland meadow […]

Magdalen Walks

The little white clouds are racing over the sky, And the fields are strewn with the gold of the flower […]

Quia Multum Amavi

Dear Heart, I think the young impassioned priest When first he takes from out the hidden shrine His God imprisoned […]

ENDYMION (For music)

The apple trees are hung with gold, And birds are loud in Arcady, The sheep lie bleating in the fold, […]

The Grave Of Shelley

Like burnt-out torches by a sick man’s bed Gaunt cypress-trees stand round the sun-bleached stone; Here doth the little night-owl […]


To drift with every passion till my soul Is a stringed lute on which can winds can play, Is it […]


I. The corn has turned from grey to red, Since first my spirit wandered forth From the drear cities of […]

To Milton

Milton! I think thy spirit hath passed away From these white cliffs and high-embattled towers; This gorgeous fiery-coloured world of […]


Come down, O Christ, and help me! reach Thy hand, For I am drowning in a stormier sea Than Simon […]

Madonna Mia

A lily-girl, not made for this world’s pain, With brown, soft hair close braided by her ears, And longing eyes […]

Taedium Vitae

To stab my youth with desperate knives, to wear This paltry age’s gaudy livery, To let each base hand filch […]

La Fuite De La Lune

To outer senses there is peace, A dreamy peace on either hand Deep silence in the shadowy land, Deep silence […]

The Burden Of Itys

This English Thames is holier far than Rome, Those harebells like a sudden flush of sea Breaking across the woodland, […]

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