Family poems

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A Dramatic Fragment

© Charles Lamb

"Fie upon't!
All men are false, I think. The date of love
Is out, expired, its stories all grown stale,
O'erpast, forgotten, like an antique tale
Of Hero and Leander."

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The Golden Legend: Prologue & 1.

© Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  _Lucifer._ HASTEN! hasten!
O ye spirits!
From its station drag the ponderous
Cross of iron, that to mock us
Is uplifted high in air!

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Shakuntala Act III

© Kalidasa


ACT III
SCENE –The HERMITAGE in a Grove.
The Hermit's Pupil bearing consecrated grass.

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Shakuntala Act II

© Kalidasa

ACT II

SCENE – A PLAIN, with royal pavilions on the skirt of the forest.

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Oedipus Tyrannus or Swellfoot The Tyrant

© Percy Bysshe Shelley

  'Choose Reform or Civil War,
When through thy streets, instead of hare with dogs,
A Consort-Queen shall hunt a King with hogs,
Riding on the IONIAN MINOTAUR.'

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Helian

© Georg Trakl

In the spirit’s solitary hours
It is lovely to walk in the sun
Along the yellow walls of summer.
Quietly whisper the steps in the grass; yet always sleeps
The son of Pan in the grey marble.

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Don Juan: Canto The First

© George Gordon Byron

I want a hero: an uncommon want,

When every year and month sends forth a new one,

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Blaney's Last Directions

© Benjamin Jonson

It is my earnest request that no person
on any pretence whatever
may be permitted to see my
corpse
but those who
unavoidably must.

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Thoughts At A Vestibule

© Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov

Heavenly thunder doesn't frighten you,
Earthly thunders you hold in your hands
That is why these unknown men must carry
Grief disconsolate within their hearts.

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Don Juan: Canto The Seventh

© George Gordon Byron

O Love! O Glory! what are ye who fly

Around us ever, rarely to alight?

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Italy : 26. The Campagna Of Florence

© Samuel Rogers

'Tis morning.  Let us wander through the fields,
Where Cimabue found a shepherd-boy
Tracing his idle fancies on the ground;
And let us from the top of Fiesole,

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Marriage

© Gregory Corso

Ah, yet well I know that were a woman possible as I am possible
then marriage would be possible-
Like SHE in her lonely alien gaud waiting her Egyptian lover
so I wait-bereft of 2,000 years and the bath of life.

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The Aeneid of Virgil: Book 2

© Publius Vergilius Maro

ALL were attentive to the godlike man,  

When from his lofty couch he thus began:  

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Antony Villa

© Henry Lawson

And the daughters of the Vardens—they are beautiful as Graces—
But the balcony’s deserted, and they rarely show their faces;
And the swells of their acquaintance never seem to venture near them,
And the bailiff says they seldom have a cup of tea to cheer them.

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The Ring And The Book - Chapter V - Count Guido Franceschini

© Robert Browning

“That is a way, thou whisperest in my ear!
“I doubt, I will decide, then act,” said I—
Then beckoned my companions: “Time is come!”

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Mira Danced with Ankle Bells

© Mirabai

Mira danced with ankle-bells on her feet.


People said Mira was mad; my mother-in-law

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The Gallows

© Edward Thomas

There was a weasel lived in the sun

With all his family,

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Book Eighth: Retrospect--Love Of Nature Leading To Love Of Man

© William Wordsworth

WHAT sounds are those, Helvellyn, that are heard

Up to thy summit, through the depth of air

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"Give Us A Call!"

© Wilcox Ella Wheeler

Give us a call! We keep good beer,

Wine, and brandy, and whiskey here;

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Book First [Introduction-Childhood and School Time]

© William Wordsworth

OH there is blessing in this gentle breeze,

A visitant that while it fans my cheek