English poetry

Poems in English

The Dame of Athelhall

I “Soul! Shall I see thy face,” she said, “In one brief hour? And away with thee from a loveless […]

De Profundis

I “Percussus sum sicut foenum, et aruit cor meum.” – Ps. ci Wintertime nighs; But my bereavement-pain It cannot bring […]

The House Of Hospitalities

Here we broached the Christmas barrel, Pushed up the charred log-ends; Here we sang the Christmas carol, And called in […]

The Sleep-Worker

When wilt thou wake, O Mother, wake and see – As one who, held in trance, has laboured long By […]

Ditty

(E. L. G.) BENEATH a knap where flown Nestlings play, Within walls of weathered stone, Far away From the files […]

His Immortality

I I saw a dead man’s finer part Shining within each faithful heart Of those bereft. Then said I: “This […]

Revulsion

THOUGH I waste watches framing words to fetter Some spirit to mine own in clasp and kiss, Out of the […]

She, To Him IV

THIS love puts all humanity from me; I can but maledict her, pray her dead, For giving love and getting […]

The Church-Builder

The church flings forth a battled shade Over the moon-blanched sward: The church; my gift; whereto I paid My all […]

Song From Heine

I scanned her picture dreaming, Till each dear line and hue Was imaged, to my seeming, As if it lived […]

He Never Expected Much

Well, World, you have kept faith with me, Kept faith with me; Upon the whole you have proved to be […]

A Man (In Memory of H. of M.)

I In Casterbridge there stood a noble pile, Wrought with pilaster, bay, and balustrade In tactful times when shrewd Eliza […]

Doom and She

I There dwells a mighty pair – Slow, statuesque, intense – Amid the vague Immense: None can their chronicle declare, […]

Heredity

I am the family face; Flesh perishes, I live on, Projecting trait and trace Through time to times anon, And […]

The Inconsistent

I say, “She was as good as fair,” When standing by her mound; “Such passing sweetness,” I declare, “No longer […]

The King’s Experiment

It was a wet wan hour in spring, And Nature met King Doom beside a lane, Wherein Hodge trudged, all […]

The Sergeant’s Song

WHEN Lawyers strive to heal a breach, And Parsons practise what they preach; Then Little Boney he’ll pounce down, And […]

The Supplanter: A Tale

I He bends his travel-tarnished feet To where she wastes in clay: From day-dawn until eve he fares Along the […]

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