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Sonnets Upon The Punishment Of Death - In Series, 1839 -- Viii - Fit Retribution, By The Moral Code

Fit retribution, by the moral code
Determined, lies beyond the State's embrace,
Yet, as she may, for each peculiar case
She plants well-measured terrors in the road
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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
Bald

She was dragged into pain,
Her heart in bitter ordain,
And her dress, wet with tears,
That flow from heart bars,
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Brian Dredan

Brian Dredan
In All Ways A Woman

In my young years I took pride in the fact that luck was called a lady. In fact, there were so few public acknowledgments of the female presence that I felt personally honored whenever nature and large ships were referred to as feminine. But as I matured, I began to resent being considered a sister to a changeling as fickle as luck, as aloof as an ocean, and as frivolous as nature. The phrase 'A woman always has the right to change her mind' played so aptly into the negative image of the female that I made myself a victim to an unwavering decision. Even if I made an inane and stupid choice, I stuck by it rather than 'be like a woman and change my mind.'

Being a woman is hard work. Not without joy and even ecstasy, but still relentless, unending work. Becoming an old female may require only being born with certain genitalia, inheriting long-living genes and the fortune not to be run over by an out-of-control truck, but to become and remain a woman command the existence and employment of genius.

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
Absalom And Achitophel

In pious times, ere priest-craft did begin,
Before polygamy was made a sin;
When man, on many, multipli'd his kind,
Ere one to one was cursedly confin'd:
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John Dryden

John Dryden
Easter-day

HOW very hard it is to be
A Christian! Hard for you and me,
â??Not the mere task of making real
That duty up to its ideal,
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Robert Browning

Robert Browning
Christmas Eve

I

Out of the little chapel I burst
Into the fresh night-air again.
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Robert Browning

Robert Browning
Matins

You want to know how I spend my time?
I walk the front lawn, pretending
to be weeding. You ought to know
I'm never weeding, on my knees, pulling
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Louise Gluck

Louise Gluck
We Two

We two take each other by the hand
We believe everywhere in our house
Under the soft tree under the black sky
Beneath the roofs at the edge of the fire
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Paul Eluard
Frank Gardiner

Oh Frank Gardiner is caught at last and lies in Sydney jail,
For wounding Sergeant Middleton and robbing the Mudgee mail.
For plundering of the gold escort, the Carcoar mail also;
And it was for gold he made so bold, and not so long ago.
.....

Anonymous Oceania
Uncle Bill

My Uncle Bill! My Uncle Bill!
How doth my heart with anguish thrill!
For he, our chief, our Robin Hood,
Has gone to jail for stealing wood!
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Banjo Paterson
Interrupt This Program (liberty Lotus)

Of badly behaved humans and pallid dust-
Split screen shows tall buildings in New York
Make good targets for aeroplanes
And the Pentagon burns like any other place.
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S. K. Kelen
Fitter To See Him, I May Be

968

Fitter to see Him, I may be
For the long Hindrance-Grace-to Me-
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
The Simple Line

The secrets of the mind convene splendidly,
Though the mind is meek.
To be aware inwardly
of brain and beauty
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Laura (riding) Jackson
Morning In Norfolk

As it has for so long
come wind and all weather
the house glimmers among
the mists of a little
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George Barker
O'hara, J.p.

James Patrick O'Hara the Justice of Peace,
He bossed the P.M. and he bossed the police;
A parent, a deacon, a landlord was heâ??
A townsman of weight was Oâ??Hara, J.P.
.....
Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
A Poet's Voice Xv

reap and gather the wheat in bundles and give them to the hungry.

My soul gives life to the grapevine and I press its bunches and give the juice to the thirsty.

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Khalil Gibran
Hymn 120

Faith of things unseen.

Heb. 11

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Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts
The Laughter Of Women

The laughter of women sets fire
to the Halls of Injustice
and the false evidence burns
to a beautiful white lightness
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Lisel Mueller
Head Against The Walls

There were only a few of them
In all the earth
Each one thought he was alone
They sang, they were right
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Paul Eluard
The Three Voices

The First Voice

He trilled a carol fresh and free,
He laughed aloud for very glee:
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Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll
Our Master

Immortal Love, forever full,
Forever flowing free,
Forever shared, forever whole,
A never-ebbing sea!
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
Lawstudent And Coach

Each day I sit in an ill-lighted room
To teach a boy;
For one hour by the clock great words and dreams
Are our employ.
.....

Lesbia Harford
Lancelot

Gawaine, aware again of Lancelot
In the Kingâ??s garden, coughed and followed him;
Whereat he turned and stood with folded arms
And weary-waiting eyes, cold and half-closedâ??
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
Pan And Luna

Si credere dignum est.--Virgil, Georgics, III, 390


Oh, worthy of belief I hold it was,
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Robert Browning

Robert Browning
The Unknown Eros. Book I.

I
Saint Valentineâ??s Day

Well dost thou, Love, thy solemn Feast to hold
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Coventry Patmore

Coventry Patmore
Expostulation

Why weeps the muse for England? What appears
In England's case to move the muse to tears?
From side to side of her delightful isle
Is she not clothed with a perpetual smile?
.....
William Cowper

William Cowper
A Letter

'TIS over, Moses! All is lost!
I hear the bells a-ringing;
Of Pharaoh and his Red Sea host
I hear the Free-Wills singing.*
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
To A Wealthy Man

You gave but will not give again
Until enough of Paudeen's pence
By Biddy's halfpennies have lain
To be 'some sort of evidence,'
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William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats
Poetry And Reality

THE worldly minded, cast in common mould,
With all his might pursuing fame or gold,
And towards that goal too vehemently hurled
To waste a thought about another world,
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Jane Taylor
The Wandering Jew

I saw by looking in his eyes
That they remembered everything;
And this was how I came to know
That he was here, still wandering.
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
Captain Craig Iii

I found the old man sitting in his bed,
Propped up and uncomplaining. On a chair
Beside him was a dreary bowl of broth,
A magazine, some glasses, and a pipe.
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
Captain Craig Ii

Yet that ride had an end, as all rides have;
And the days coming after took the road
That all days take,-though never one of them
Went by but I got some good thought of it
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
House

Shall I sonnet-sing you about myself?
Do I live in a house you would like to see?
Is it scant of gear, has it store of pelf?
"Unlock my heart with a sonnet-key?"
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Robert Browning

Robert Browning
A Hundred Collars

Lancaster bore him-such a little town,
Such a great man. It doesn't see him often
Of late years, though he keeps the old homestead
And sends the children down there with their mother
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Robert Frost

Robert Frost
In The Home Stretch

She stood against the kitchen sink, and looked
Over the sink out through a dusty window
At weeds the water from the sink made tall.
She wore her cape; her hat was in her hand.
.....
Robert Frost

Robert Frost
Journey Of The Magi

‘A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
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T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot
Barking Hall: A Year After

Still the sovereign trees
Make the sundawn's breeze
More bright, more sweet, more heavenly than it rose,
As wind and sun fulfil
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Algernon Charles Swinburne

Algernon Charles Swinburne
Sonnet V: Heart's Hope

By what word's power, the key of paths untrod,
Shall I the difficult deeps of Love explore,
Till parted waves of Song yield up the shore
Even as that sea which Israel crossed dryshod?
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Hats

I sing of the hat, of the human lid,
The cadev, the tile, or whatever you please,
The thing that we wear - or our fathers did
For the making of comfort and greater ease.
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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
Bed Sitter

He stared at me with sad, hurt eyes,
That drab, untidy man;
And though my clients I despise
I do the best I can
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Robert William Service
After Sunset - Sonnets

'Si quis piorum Manibus locus.'


I.
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Algernon Charles Swinburne

Algernon Charles Swinburne
Hudibras: Part 3 - Canto I

THE ARGUMENT

The Knight and Squire resolve, at once,
The one the other to renounce.
.....

Samuel Butler
Judex Judicatus

Judge Armstrong, when the poor have sought your aid,
To be released from vows that they have made
In haste, and leisurely repented, you,
As stern as Rhadamanthus (Minos too,
.....

Ambrose Bierce
Rokeby: Canto Vi.

I.
The summer sun, whose early power
Was wont to gild Matilda's bower,
And rouse her with his matin ray
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Walter Scott (sir)
Sordello: Book The Fifth

Is it the same Sordello in the dusk
As at the dawn? merely a perished husk
Now, that arose a power fit to build
Up Rome again? The proud conception chilled
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Robert Browning

Robert Browning
Sordello: Book The Second

The woods were long austere with snow: at last
Pink leaflets budded on the beech, and fast
Larches, scattered through pine-tree solitudes,
Brightened, "as in the slumbrous heart o' the woods
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Robert Browning

Robert Browning
Saltbush Bill, J.p.

Beyond the land where Leichhardt went,
Beyond Sturt's Western track,
The rolling tide of change has sent
Some strange J.P.'s out back.
.....

Banjo Paterson
Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. Interlude V.

A strain of music closed the tale,
A low, monotonous, funeral wail,
That with its cadence, wild and sweet,
Made the long Saga more complete.
.....
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The House Of Dust - Part Iii - Complete

I

As evening falls,
And the yellow lights leap one by one
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Conrad Potter Aiken
Seven Sonnets On The Thought Of Death 1

I

That children in their loveliness should die
Before the dawning beauty, which we know
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Arthur Hugh Clough

Arthur Hugh Clough