English poetry

Poems in English

TO SIR CLIPSBY CREW

Since to the country first I came, I have lost my former flame; And, methinks, I not inherit, As I […]

A CANTICLE TO APOLLO

Play, Phoebus, on thy lute, And we will sit all mute; By listening to thy lyre, That sets all ears […]

UPON ROSES

Under a lawn, than skies more clear, Some ruffled Roses nestling were, And snugging there, they seem’d to lie As […]

TO PERENNA

When I thy parts run o’er, I can’t espy In any one, the least indecency; But every line and limb […]

His Prayer For Absolution

For those my unbaptized rhymes, Writ in my wild unhallowed times, For every sentence, clause, and word, That’s not inlaid […]

COCK-CROW

Bell-man of night, if I about shall go For to deny my Master, do thou crow! Thou stop’st Saint Peter […]

TO HIS PATERNAL COUNTRY

O earth! earth! earth! hear thou my voice, and be Loving and gentle for to cover me! Banish’d from thee […]

TO HIS VERSES

What will ye, my poor orphans, do, When I must leave the world and you; Who’ll give ye then a […]

TO THE WILLOW-TREE

Thou art to all lost love the best, The only true plant found, Wherewith young men and maids distrest And […]

LIFE IS THE BODY’S LIGHT

Life is the body’s light; which, once declining, Those crimson clouds i’ th’ cheeks and lips leave shining:- Those counter-changed […]

TO VIOLETS

Welcome, maids of honour, You do bring In the Spring; And wait upon her. She has virgins many, Fresh and […]

An Epitaph Upon A Virgin

Here a solemn fast we keep, While all beauty lies asleep; Hushed be all things, no noise here, But the […]

A HYMN TO LOVE

I will confess With cheerfulness, Love is a thing so likes me, That, let her lay On me all day, […]

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