English poetry

Poems in English

All Things Can Tempt Me

All things can tempt me from this craft of verse: One time it was a woman’s face, or worse – […]

When Helen Lived

We have cried in our despair That men desert, For some trivial affair Or noisy, insolent sport, Beauty that we […]

The Unappeasable Host

The Danaan children laugh, in cradles of wrought gold, And clap their hands together, and half close their eyes, For […]

Brown Penny

I whispered, ‘I am too young,’ And then, ‘I am old enough’; Wherefore I threw a penny To find out […]

The Lover’s Song

Bird sighs for the air, Thought for I know not where, For the womb the seed sighs. Now sinks the […]

Her Triumph

I did the dragon’s will until you came Because I had fancied love a casual Improvisation, or a settled game […]

The Blessed

Cumhal called out, bending his head, Till Dathi came and stood, With a blink in his eyes, at the cave-mouth, […]

The Falling Of The Leaves

Autumn is over the long leaves that love us, And over the mice in the barley sheaves; Yellow the leaves […]


One had a lovely face, And two or three had charm, But charm and face were in vain Because the […]

Fallen Majesty

Although crowds gathered once if she but showed her face, And even old men’s eyes grew dim, this hand alone, […]

His Phoenix

There is a queen in China, or maybe it’s in Spain, And birthdays and holidays such praises can be heard […]

The Dawn

I would be ignorant as the dawn That has looked down On that old queen measuring a town With the […]

A Last Confession

What lively lad most pleasured me Of all that with me lay? I answer that I gave my soul And […]

The Madness Of King Goll

I sat on cushioned otter-skin: My word was law from Ith to Emain, And shook at Inver Amergin The hearts […]

A Woman Homer Sung

If any man drew near When I was young, I thought, ‘He holds her dear,’ And shook with hate and […]

The Two Trees

Beloved, gaze in thine own heart, The holy tree is growing there; From joy the holy branches start, And all […]

To An Isle In The Water

Shy one, shy one, Shy one of my heart, She moves in the firelight Pensively apart. She carries in the […]

Love’s Loneliness

Old fathers, great-grandfathers, Rise as kindred should. If ever lover’s loneliness Came where you stood, Pray that Heaven protect us […]


Beloved, may your sleep be sound That have found it where you fed. What were all the world’s alarms To […]

Her Vision In The Wood

Dry timber under that rich foliage, At wine-dark midnight in the sacred wood, Too old for a man’s love I […]

He Tells Of The Perfect Beauty

O cloud-pale eyelids, dream-dimmed eyes, The poets labouring all their days To build a perfect beauty in rhyme Are overthrown […]

Against Unworthy Praise

O heart, be at peace, because Nor knave nor dolt can break What’s not for their applause, Being for a […]

Easter, 1916

I have met them at close of day Coming with vivid faces From counter or desk among grey Eighteenth-century houses. […]

Into The Twilight

Out-Worn heart, in a time out-worn, Come clear of the nets of wrong and right; Laugh, heart, again in the […]

At Galway Races

There where the course is, Delight makes all of the one mind, The riders upon the galloping horses, The crowd […]

A Deep Sworn Vow

Others because you did not keep That deep-sworn vow have been friends of mine; Yet always when I look death […]

A Faery Song

Sung by the people of Faery over Diarmuid and Grania, In their bridal sleep under a Cromlech. We who are […]

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