English poetry

Poems in English

Lucy Ashton’s Song

Look not thou on beauty’s charming; Sit thou still when kings are arming; Taste not when the wine-cup glistens; Speak […]


He is gone on the mountain, He is lost to the forest, Like a summer-dried fountain, When our need was […]

Brignall Banks

O, Brignall banks are wild and fair, And Greta woods are green, And you may gather garlands there, Would grace […]

The Truth of Woman

Woman’s faith, and woman’s trust – Write the characters in the dust; Stamp them on the running stream, Print them […]

Harp of the North, Farewell!

Harp of the North, farewell! The hills grow dark, On purple peaks a deeper shade descending; In twilight copse the […]

Border Ballad

March, march, Ettrick and Teviotdale, Why the deil dinna ye march forward in order! March, march, Eskdale and Liddesdale, All […]

Eleu Loro

Where shall the lover rest Whom the fates sever From his true maiden’s breast Parted for ever? Where, through groves […]


O listen, listen, ladies gay! No haughty feat of arms I tell; Soft is the note, and sad the lay […]

Hunter’s Song

The toils are pitched, and the stakes are set, Ever sing merrily, merrily; The bows they bend, and the knives […]

A Serenade

Ah! County Guy, the hour is nigh The sun has left the lea, The orange-flower perfumes the bower, The breeze […]