English poetry

Poems in English

The Best Friend

Now shall I walk Or shall I ride? “Ride”, Pleasure said; “Walk”, Joy replied. Now what shall I Stay home […]

April’s Charms

When April scatters charms of primrose gold Among the copper leaves in thickets old, And singing skylarks from the meadows […]

The Child and the Mariner

A dear old couple my grandparents were, And kind to all dumb things; they saw in Heaven The lamb that […]

This Night

This night, as I sit here alone, And brood on what is dead and gone, The owl that’s in this […]

The Kingfisher

It was the Rainbow gave thee birth, And left thee all her lovely hues; And, as her mother’s name was […]

The Rain

I hear leaves drinking rain; I hear rich leaves on top Giving the poor beneath Drop after drop; ‘Tis a […]

The Hawk

Thou dost not fly, thou art not perched, The air is all around: What is it that can keep thee […]

The Example

Here’s an example from A Butterfly; That on a rough, hard rock Happy can lie; Friendless and all alone On […]

Seeking Beauty

Cold winds can never freeze, nor thunder sour The cup of cheer that Beauty draws for me Out of those […]

Sadness and Joy

I pray you, Sadness, leave me soon, In sweet invention thou art poor! Thy sister, Joy can make ten songs […]

In May

Yes, I will spend the livelong day With Nature in this month of May; And sit beneath the trees, and […]

A Plain Life

No idle gold since this fine sun, my friend, Is no mean miser, but doth freely spend. No prescious stones […]

The Dark Hour

And now, when merry winds do blow, And rain makes trees look fresh, An overpowering staleness holds This mortal flesh. […]

When on a Summer’s Morn

When on a summer’s morn I wake, And open my two eyes, Out to the clear, born-singing rills My bird-like […]

The Sleepers

As I walked down the waterside This silent morning, wet and dark; Before the cocks in farmyards crowed, Before the […]

Come, Let Us Find

Come, let us find a cottage, love, That’s green for half a mile around; To laugh at every grumbling bee, […]

A Greeting

Good morning, Life and all Things glad and beautiful. My pockets nothing hold, But he that owns the gold, The […]

A Great Time

Sweet Chance, that led my steps abroad, Beyond the town, where wild flowers grow A rainbow and a cuckoo, Lord, […]

The Sluggard

A jar of cider and my pipe, In summer, under shady tree; A book by one that made his mind […]

The Heap of Rags

One night when I went down Thames’ side, in London Town, A heap of rags saw I, And sat me […]

The Moon

Thy beauty haunts me heart and soul, Oh, thou fair Moon, so close and bright; Thy beauty makes me like […]

Songs of Joy

Sing out, my soul, thy songs of joy; Sing as a happy bird will sing Beneath a rainbow’s lovely arch […]

Laughing Rose

If I were gusty April now, How I would blow at laughing Rose; I’d make her ribbons slip their knots, […]

Where We Differ

To think my thoughts are hers, Not one of hers is mine; She laughs while I must sigh; She sighs […]

The Likeness

When I came forth this morn I saw Quite twenty cloudlets in the air; And then I saw a flock […]

Sweet Stay-at-Home

Sweet Stay-at-Home, sweet Well-content, Thou knowest of no strange continent; Thou hast not felt thy bosom keep A gentle motion […]

Truly Great

My walls outside must have some flowers, My walls within must have some books; A house that’s small; a garden […]

A Fleeting Passion

Thou shalt not laugh, thou shalt not romp, Let’s grimly kiss with bated breath; As quietly and solemnly As Life […]

Days Too Short

When primroses are out in Spring, And small, blue violets come between; When merry birds sing on boughs green, And […]

Charms

She walks as lightly as the fly Skates on the water in July. To hear her moving petticoat For me […]

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