DECEPTION POEMS

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Ribb Considers Christian Love Insufficient

Why should I seek for love or study it?
It is of God and passes human wit.
I study hatred with great diligence,
For that's a passion in my own control,
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William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats
Prothalamion

“little soul, little flirting,
little perverse one
where are you off to now?
little wan one, firm one
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Delmore Schwartz

Delmore Schwartz
Sassoon's Public Statement Of Defiance

'I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.

I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers. I believe that this war, upon which I entered as a war of defence and liberation has now become a war of aggression and conquest. I believe that the purposes for which I and my fellow soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects witch actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation.

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Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon
Four Quartets 1: Burnt Norton

I

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
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T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot
Ungrateful Sorrow

At dawn shey departed
My mind tried to console me -
' Everything is Maya'.
Angrily I replied:
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Rabindranath Tagore
Quickness

False life, a foil and no more, when
Wilt thou be gone?
Thou foul deception of all men
That would not have the true come on.
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Henry Vaughan
Fill The Goblet Again: A Song

Fill the goblet again! for I never before
Felt the glow which now gladdens my heart to its core;
Let us drink!--who would not?--since, through life's varied round,
In the goblet alone no deception is found.
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George Gordon Byron
Sonnet 10

I have sought Happiness, but it has been
A lovely rainbow, baffling all pursuit,
And tasted Pleasure, but it was a fruit
More fair of outward hue than sweet within.
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Alan Seeger

Alan Seeger
Deception

The world is but a crumbling place,
And we say we fear demise,
You poison yourself with each breath,
While you try to stay alive.
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Insiya Patanwala

Insiya Patanwala
The Progress Of Error.

Si quid loquar audiendam.--Hor. Lib. iv. Od. 2.



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William Cowper

William Cowper
Four Quartets 3: The Dry Salvages

(The Dry Salvages-presumably les trois sauvages
- is a small group of rocks, with a beacon, off the N.E.
coast of Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Salvages is pronounced
to rhyme with assuages. Groaner: a whistling buoy.)
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T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot
Movement Of Bodies

Those of you that have got through the rest, I am going to rapidly
Devote a little time to showing you, those that can master it,
A few ideas about tactics, which must not be confused
With what we call strategy. Tactics is merely
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Henry Reed
Rural Illusions

Sylph was it? or a Bird more bright
Than those of fabulous stock?
A second darted by; and lo!
Another of the flock,
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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
Sarajevo

Now that a revolution really is needed, those who were fervent are quite cool.

While a country murdered and raped calls for help from the Europe which it had trusted, they yawn.

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Czeslaw Milosz
Verses On Sir Joshua Reynold's Painted Window At New College, Oxford

Ah, stay thy treacherous hand, forbear to trace
Those faultless forms of elegance and grace!
Ah, cease to spread the bright transparent mass,
With Titian's pencil, o'er the speaking glass!
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Thomas Warton Jr.
Truth And Divine Love Rejected By The World

O love, of pure and heavenly birth!
O simple truth, scarce known on earth!
Whom men resist with stubborn will;
And, more perverse and daring still,
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William Cowper

William Cowper
Pastors Of Flesh

From my father's disheveled abode,
I did watch them exchange adieu, a bode
Of the shepherd parting the impatient night
With the sheep who has seen the light.
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Jesse Amblessed

Jesse Amblessed
Pastors Of Flesh

From my father's disheveled abode,
I did watch them exchange adieu, a bode
Of the shepherd parting the impatient night
With the sheep who has seen the light.
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Jesse Amblessed

Jesse Amblessed
Masked Beauty

I woke up last Saturday
With so many problems rolling in my head
I was certainly not standing in the row of solutions
And not brave enough to roar like a lion
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Smartways

Smartways
Deception, Hypocracy, Untruth

Deception, hypocracy, untruth,
I shunned and, to my mind,
I gave the same message,
In my lifetime, I found Him as
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Lalleshwari
Self-deception

Say, what blinds us, that we claim the glory
Of possessing powers not our share?
Since man woke on earth, he knows his story,
But, before we woke on earth, we were.
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Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold
Marmion: Introduction To Canto I

November's sky is chill and drear,
November's leaf is red and sear:
Late, gazing down the steepy linn
That hems our little garden in,
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Walter Scott (sir)
Egotism. A Letter To J. T. Becher. [1]

1.

If Fate should seal my Death to-morrow,
(Though much I hope she will postpone it,)
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George Gordon Byron
The Visit.

Fain had I to-day surprised my mistress,
But soon found I that her door was fasten'd.
Yet I had the key safe in my pocket,
And the darling door I open'd softly!
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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The Cress-gatherer.

Soon as the spring its earliest visit pays,
And buds with March and April's lengthen'd days
Of mingled suns and shades, and snow, and rain,
Forcing the crackling frost to melt again;
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John Clare

John Clare
Fill The Goblet Again. A Song.

1.

Fill the goblet again! for I never before
Felt the glow which now gladdens my heart to its core;
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George Gordon Byron
The Visit

FAIN had I to-day surprised my mistress,
But soon found I that her door was fasten'd.
Yet I had the key safe in my pocket,
And the darling door I open'd softly!
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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Fixed Is The Doom

FIXED is the doom; and to the last of years
Teacher and taught, friend, lover, parent, child,
Each walks, though near, yet separate; each beholds
His dear ones shine beyond him like the stars.
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Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson
The Hinterland

You speak to me, but does your speech
With truest truth your thought convey?
I listen to your words and each
Is what I wait to hear you say.
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Berket And The Stars

A day on the boulevards chosen out of ten years of
student poverty! One best day out of ten good ones.
Berket in high spirits-”Ha, oranges! Let's have one!”
And he made to snatch an orange from the vender's cart.
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William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams
Egotism. A Letter To J. T. Becher

If Fate should seal my Death to-morrow,
(Though much I hope she will postpone it,)
I've held a share Joy and Sorrow,
Enough for Ten; and here I own it.
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George Gordon Lord Byron

George Gordon Lord Byron
Fill The Goblet Again

A Song

Fill the goblet again! for I never before
Felt the glow which now gladdens my heart to its core;
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George Gordon Lord Byron

George Gordon Lord Byron
Introduction And Conclusion Of A Long Poem

I have gone sometimes by the gates of Death
And stood beside the cavern through whose doors
Enter the voyagers into the unseen.
From that dread threshold only, gazing back,
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Alan Seeger

Alan Seeger
Smiles

There is the warm, congenial smile,
Benign, and honest, too,
Free from deception, fraud, and guile;
The smile of friendship true.
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Alfred Castner King
The Borough. Letter Vi: Professions--law

'TRADES and Professions'--these are themes the Muse,
Left to her freedom, would forbear to choose;
But to our Borough they in truth belong,
And we, perforce, must take them in our song.
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George Crabbe

George Crabbe
Elegiac Feelings American

1
How inseparable you and the America you saw yet was never
there to see; you and America, like the tree and the
ground, are one the same; yet how like a palm tree
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Gregory Corso
The Hinterland

You speak to me, but does your speech
With truest truth your thought convey?
I listen to your words and each
Is what I wait to hear you say.
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Robert William Service
Nanny To Bessy

the main?
Dear, dearâ??I've been thrice broken-hearted,
And thriceâ??but, ah, let me refrain.â??

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Joseph Skipsey
Oiling

Excuse me, Sweetheart, if I smear,
With wisdom learnt from ancient teachers,
Now winter time once more is here,
This grease upon your lengthy features!
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Norman Rowland Gale
Preface To Ossian

WITHOUT increasing his genius, the author may have improved his language, in the eleven years that the following poems have been in the hands of the public. Errors in diction might have been committed at twenty-four, which the experience of a riper age may remove; and some exuberances in imagery may be restrained with advantage, by a degree of judgment acquired in the progress of time. Impressed with this opinion, he ran over the whole with attention and accuracy; and he hopes he has brought the work to a state of correctness which will preclude all future improvements.

The eagerness with which these poems have been received abroad, is a recompense for the coldness with which a few have affected to treat them at home. All the polite nations of Europe have transferred them into their respective languages; and they speak of him who brought them to light, in terms that might flatter the vanity of one fond of flame. In a convenient indifference for a literary reputation, the author hears praise without being elevated, and ribaldry without being depressed. He has frequently seen the first bestowed too precipitately; and the latter is so faithless to its purpose, that it is often the only index to merit in the present age.

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James Macpherson
Dolores

IS he well blessed who has no eyes to scan
The woeful things that shadow all our life:
The latent brute behind the eyes of man,
The place and power gained and stained by strife,
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John Boyle O'reilly
Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Admonition 14

Swallow not the deception of a foe. Purchase not conceit from a panegyrist. The one has laid out a snare for provisions and the other has opened the jaws of covetousness.



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Saadi Shirazi
Henry The Seventh

Henry the Seventh of England
Wasn't out of the Royal top drawer,
The only connection of which he could boast,
He were King's nephew's brother-in-law.
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Marriott Edgar
Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 40

A design without strength to execute it is fraud and deception and application of strength without a design is ignorance and lunacy.

Discernment is necessary. Arrangement and intellect, then a realm;
For realm and wealth with an ignorant man are weapons against himself.
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Saadi Shirazi
Caught In The Undertow

COLIN, worshipping some frail,
By self-deception sways her:
Calls himself unworthy male,
Hardly even fit to praise her.
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Christopher Morley
The Devil In Hell

HE surely must be wrong who loving fears;
And does not flee when beauty first appears.
Ye FAIR, with charms divine, I know your fame;
No more I'll burn my fingers in the flame.
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Jean De La Fontaine
In Memory Of Marina Tsvetaeva

Dismal day, with the weather inclement.
Inconsolably rivulets run
Down the porch in front of the doorway;
Through my wide-open windows they come.
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Boris Pasternak

Boris Pasternak
Margery

"Truth lights our minds as sunrise lights the world.
The heart that shuts out truth, excludes the light
That wakes the love of beauty in the soul;
And being foe to these, despises God,
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Charles Sangster
Bearslayer - Canto Iv The Latvians Suffer Many Hardships

Scene 1: Kaupa is seduced by wealth and power

Kaupa accepts Christianity

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Andrejs Pumpurs