English poetry

Poems in English

The Evening Star

Smiles soon abate; the boisterous throes Of anger long burst forth; Inconstantly the south-wind blows, But steadily the north. Thy […]

The Dragon-Fly

Life (priest and poet say) is but a dream; I wish no happier one than to be laid Beneath a […]


Past ruined Ilion Helen lives, Alcestis rises from the shades. Verse calls them forth; ’tis verse that gives Immortal youth […]

Late Leaves

THE leaves are falling; so am I; The few late flowers have moisture in the eye; So have I too. […]

Proud Word You Never Spoke

Proud word you never spoke, but you will speak Four not exempt from pride some future day. Resting on one […]

Twenty Years Hence

Twenty years hence my eyes may grow If not quite dim, yet rather so, Still yours from others they shall […]


HERE, ever since you went abroad, If there be change no change I see: I only walk our wonted road, […]

Ianthe’s Question

‘Do you remember me? or are you proud? ’ Lightly advancing thro’ her star-trimm’d crowd, Ianthe said, and look’d into […]

The Three Roses

When the buds began to burst, Long ago, with Rose the First I was walking; joyous then Far above all […]

Lately our poets

Lately our poets loiter’d in green lanes, Content to catch the ballads of the plains; I fancied I had strength […]


THERE is a mountain and a wood between us, Where the lone shepherd and late bird have seen us Morning […]

Very True, the Linnets Sing

Very true, the linnets sing Sweetest in the leaves of spring: You have found in all these leaves That which […]


REMAIN, ah not in youth alone! Tho’ youth, where you are, long will stay But when my summer days are […]

On Catullus

Tell me not what too well I know About the bard of Sirmio. Yes, in Thalia’s son Such stains there […]

Of Clementina

In Clementina’s artless mien Lucilla asks me what I see, And are the roses of sixteen Enough for me? Lucilla […]

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