English poetry

Poems in English


Three and thirty birds there stood In an elder in a wood; Called Melmillo flew off three, Leaving thirty in […]

Nicholas Nye

Thistle and darnell and dock grew there, And a bush, in the corner, of may, On the orchard wall I […]


Slowly, silently, now the moon Walks the night in her silver shoon; This way, and that, she peers, and sees […]


The last of last words spoken is, Good-bye – The last dismantled flower in the weed-grown hedge, The last thin […]

The Song Of Shadows

“Sweep thy faint strings, Musician, With thy long lean hand; Downward the starry tapers burn, Sinks soft the waning sand; […]


Wide are the meadows of night, And daisies are shinng there, Tossing their lovely dews, Lustrous and fair; And through […]

The Widow

Grief hath pacified her face; Even hope might share so still a place; Yet, on the silence of her heart, […]

Full Moon

One night as Dick lay half asleep, Into his drowsy eyes A great still light began to creep From out […]

The Spirit of Air

Coral and clear emerald, And amber from the sea, Lilac-coloured amethyst, Chalcedony; The lovely Spirit of Air Floats on a […]


Ever, ever Stir and shiver The reeds and rushes By the river: Ever, ever, As if in dream, The lone […]

An Epitaph

Here lies a most beautiful lady, Light of step and heart was she; I think she was the most beautiful […]


It was the Great Alexander, Capped with a golden helm, Sate in the ages, in his floating ship, In a […]


The abode of the nightingale is bare, Flowered frost congeals in the gelid air, The fox howls from his frozen […]

Tom’s Little Dog

Tom told his dog called Tim to beg, And up at once he sat, His two clear amber eyes fixed […]

At Ease

Most wounds can Time repair; But some are mortal these: For a broken heart there is no balm, No cure […]

Off the Ground

Three jolly Farmers Once bet a pound Each dance the others would Off the ground. Out of their coats They […]

The Mocking Fairy

‘Won’t you look out of your window, Mrs. Gill?’ Quoth the Fairy, nidding, nodding in the garden; ‘Can’t you look […]

How Sleep the Brave

Nay, nay, sweet England, do not grieve! Not one of these poor men who died But did within his soul […]

When the Rose is Faded

When the rose is faded, Memory may still dwell on Her beauty shadowed, And the sweet smell gone. That vanishing […]


Clouded with snow The cold winds blow, And shrill on leafless bough The robin with its burning breast Alone sings […]

The Sleeper

As Ann came in one summer’s day, She felt that she must creep, So silent was the clear cool house, […]


If I were Lord of Tartary, Myself, and me alone, My bed should be of ivory, Of beaten gold my […]

Sunk Lyonesse

In sea-cold Lyonesse, When the Sabbath eve shafts down On the roofs, walls, belfries Of the foundered town, The Nereids […]


When music sounds, gone is the earth I know, And all her lovely things even lovelier grow; Her flowers in […]


There is wind where the rose was, Cold rain where sweet grass was, And clouds like sheep Stream o’er the […]

Old Susan

When Susan’s work was done, she’d sit With one fat guttering candle lit, And window opened wide to win The […]

A Song of Enchantment

A song of Enchantment I sang me there, In a green-green wood, by waters fair, Just as the words came […]

The Keys of Morning

While at her bedroom window once, Learning her task for school, Little Louisa lonely sat In the morning clear and […]

Fare Well

When I lie where shades of darkness Shall no more assail mine eyes, Nor the rain make lamentation When the […]


“Once…Once upon a time…” Over and over again, Martha would tell us her stories, In the hazel glen. Hers were […]

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