Wish poems

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Modern Love I: By This He Knew She Wept

© George Meredith

By this he knew she wept with waking eyes:

That, at his hand's light quiver by her head,

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F?sulan Idyl

© Walter Savage Landor

She drew back
The boon she tendered, and then, finding not
The ribbon at her waist to fix it in,
Dropt it, as loth to drop it, on the rest.

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Flattery

© Allama Muhammad Iqbal

My home if you come
That shall be my honor!
That ladder in the front
Will reach you to your friend

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His Wish To God

© Robert Herrick

I would to God, that mine old age might have

Before my last, but here a living grave;

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Satires of Circumstance in Fifteen Glimpses VIII: In the St

© Thomas Hardy

He enters, and mute on the edge of a chair

Sits a thin-faced lady, a stranger there,

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to be a poet

© Florbela Espanca

To be a poet is to be louder , bigger
Than men! Biting as who kisses!
It is like being a beggar and to give whoever be
King of the Kingdom of Behind and Beyond Pain!

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One Wish Alone Have I

© Mihai Eminescu

One wish alone have I:


In some calm land

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Evening Star

© Mihai Eminescu

There was, as in the fairy tales,
As ne'er in the time's raid,
There was, of famous royal blood
A most beautiful maid.

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Idea XXXVII: Dear, why should you command me to my rest

© Michael Drayton

Dear, why should you command me to my rest

When now the night doth summon all to sleep?

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The Breast of the Sea

© Syl Cheney-Coker

After our bloody century, the sea will groan


under its weight, somewhere between breasts and anus.

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Of Hope and Dinosaurs

© Syl Cheney-Coker

Always, we searched in the stone river,


while the slaughterhouse was waiting for us,

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390. Song-A Health to them that’s awa

© Robert Burns


Note 1. Charles James Fox. [back]
Note 2. Hon. Thos. Erskine, afterwards Lord Erskine. [back]

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376. Song-The Deil’s awa wi’ the Exciseman

© Robert Burns

THE DEIL cam fiddlin’ thro’ the town,
And danc’d awa wi’ th’ Exciseman,
And ilka wife cries, “Auld Mahoun,
I wish you luck o’ the prize, man.”

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361. Song-Behold the Hour, the Boat, arrive

© Robert Burns

BEHOLD the hour, the boat, arrive!
My dearest Nancy, O fareweel!
Severed frae thee, can I survive,
Frae thee whom I hae lov’d sae weel?

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359. Song-O May, thy Morn

© Robert Burns

O MAY, thy morn was ne’er so sweet

As the mirk night o’ December!

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322. Song-The Bonie Wee Thing

© Robert Burns

Chorus.—Bonie wee thing, cannie wee thing,
Lovely wee thing, wert thou mine,
I wad wear thee in my bosom,
Lest my jewel it should tine.

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303. Song-The Gowden Locks of Anna

© Robert Burns

YESTREEN I had a pint o’ wine,
A place where body saw na;
Yestreen lay on this breast o’ mine
The gowden locks of Anna.

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286. Song-Highland Harry back again

© Robert Burns

MY Harry was a gallant gay,
Fu’ stately strade he on the plain;
But now he’s banish’d far away,
I’ll never see him back again.

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276. Song-Whistle o’er the lave o’t

© Robert Burns

FIRST when Maggie was my care,
Heav’n, I thought, was in her air,
Now we’re married-speir nae mair,
But whistle o’er the lave o’t!

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264. Song-On a Bank of Flowers

© Robert Burns

ON a bank of flowers, in a summer day,

For summer lightly drest,