Family poems

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I Have Found My Guru

© Mirabai

I have found a guru in Raidas, he has


given me the pill of knowledge.

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Don Juan: Canto The Twelfth

© George Gordon Byron

Of all the barbarous middle ages, that

Which is most barbarous is the middle age

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A Story of the Sea-Shore

© George MacDonald

It was a simple tale, a monotone:
She climbed one sunny hill, gazed once abroad,
Then wandered down, to pace a dreary plain;
Alas! how many such are told by night,
In fisher-cottages along the shore!

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The Magpie's Nest, Or A Lesson Of Docility

© Charles Lamb

When the arts in their infancy were,
 In a fable of old 'tis exprest,
A wise magpie constructed that rare
 Little house for young birds, called a nest.

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The Task : Complete

© William Cowper

In man or woman, but far most in man,
And most of all in man that ministers
And serves the altar, in my soul I loathe
All affectation. 'Tis my perfect scorn;
Object of my implacable disgust.

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Paracelsus: Part I: Paracelsus Aspires

© Robert Browning


Scene.- Würzburg; a garden in the environs. 1512.
Festus, Paracelsus, Michal.

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The Mayfair Love-Song

© William Makepeace Thackeray

Winter and summer, night and morn,

 I languish at this table dark;

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Hunger

© Arthur Rimbaud

Beneath the bush a wolf will howl, Spitting bright feathers
From his feast of fowl: Like him, I devour myself.
Waiting to be gathered, Fruits and grasses spend their hours;
The spider spinning in the hedge, Eats only flowers.
Let me sleep! Let me boil, On the altars of Solomon;
Let me soak the rusty soil, And flow into Kendron.

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Amours De Voyage, Canto III

© Arthur Hugh Clough

- domus Albuneae resonantis,
Et praeceps Anio, et Tibuni lucus, et uda
Mobilibus pomaria rivis

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Fragment V

© James Macpherson

Dargo the mighty came on, like a
cloud of thunder. His brows were contracted
and dark. His eyes like two
caves in a rock. Bright rose their
swords on each side; dire was the clang
of their steel.

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The Family Doctor

© Edgar Albert Guest

I've tried the high-toned specialists, who doctor folks to-day;

I've heard the throat man whisper low "Come on now let us spray";

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The Parish Register - Part I: Baptisms

© George Crabbe

floor.
  Here his poor bird th' inhuman Cocker brings,
Arms his hard heel and clips his golden wings;
With spicy food th' impatient spirit feeds,
And shouts and curses as the battle bleeds.
Struck through the brain, deprived of both his

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Ballad of the Breadman

© Charles Causley

Mary stood in the kitchen
Baking a loaf of bread.
An angel flew in the window
‘We’ve a job for you,’ he said.

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Mine is Gopal

© Mirabai

Mine Is Gopal


Mine is Gopal, the Mountain-Holder; there is no one else.

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The Little Church

© Edgar Albert Guest

The little church of Long Ago, where as a boy I sat

With mother in the family pew and fumbled with my hat-

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Since I’ve Been In Jail

© Nazim Hikmet

Since I've been in jail

the world has turned around the sun ten times

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Four Poems About Jamaica

© William Matthews

1. Montego Bay, 10:00 P.M.
A chandelier, a tiara,
a hive of lights. A cruise ship

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Lydd

© Katharine Lee Bates

For the Reunion of the Bates Family at Quincy, August 3, 1916

FAR away on the sunny levels

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The Task: Book VI. -- The Winter Walk at Noon

© William Cowper

There is in souls a sympathy with sounds;

And as the mind is pitch’d the ear is pleased

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Aeneid

© Virgil

THE ARGUMENT.- Turnus takes advantage of AEneas's absence,
fires some of his ships (which are transformed into sea nymphs),
and assaults his camp. The Trojans, reduc'd to the last extremities,
send Nisus and Euryalus to recall AEneas; which furnishes the
poet with that admirable episode of their friendship, generosity, and
the conclusion of their adventures.