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The African Child

Oh! African child
Today is your day
We all gathered
To celebrate you
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Ola Olawale

Ola Olawale
Defeated By Love

The sky was lit
by the splendor of the moon
So powerful
I fell to the ground
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Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Sonnet 012: When I Do Count The Clock That Tells The Time

When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
When I behold the violet past prime,
And sable curls all silvered o'er with white;
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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
I Am

I am: yet what I am none cares or knows
My friends forsake me like a memory lost,
I am the self-consumer of my woes-
They rise and vanish in oblivious host,
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John Clare

John Clare
Remembrances

Summer pleasures they are gone like to visions every one
And the cloudy days of autumn and of winter cometh on
I tried to call them back but unbidden they are gone
Far away from heart and eye and for ever far away
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John Clare

John Clare
Venus And Adonis

Even as the sun with purple-coloured face
Had ta'en his last leave of the weeping morn,
Rose-cheeked Adonis hied him to the chase;
Hunting he loved, but love he laughed to scorn.
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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
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
The Supplication Of The Black Aberdeen

I pray! My little body and whole span
Of years is Thine, my Owner and my Man.
For Thou hast made me, unto Thee I owe
This dim, distressed half-soul that hurts me so,
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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
The Temple Of Friendship

Sacred to peace, within a wood's recess,
A blest retreat, where courtiers never press,
A temple stands, where art did never try
With pompous wonders to enchant the eye;
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Voltaire
Will Ye Also Go Away?

When any turn from Zion's way,
(Alas! what numbers do!)
Methinks I hear my Saviour say,
Wilt thou forsake me too?
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John Newton
Dominus Illuminatio Mea

In the hour of death, after this life's whim,
When the heart beats low, and the eyes grow dim,
And pain has exhausted every limb-
The lover of the Lord shall trust in Him.
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R. D. Blackmore

R. D. Blackmore
Marching Feet

THESE August nights, hushed but for drowsy peep
Of fledglings, tremble with a strange vibration,
A sound too far for hearing, sullen, dire,
Shaking the earth.
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Katharine Lee Bates
Attitude

I have this unseen friend,
who din's and does everything with me,
everything about my friend can be tell on me,
good or bad, rude or gentle, proud or humble,
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Afe Tosin Shola

Afe Tosin Shola
The Offering

What will you give me for this heart of mine,
No heart of gold, and yet my dearest treasure?
It has its graces, it can ache and pine,

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Edith Nesbit

Edith Nesbit
Hymn 72

The coronation of Christ, and espousals of the church.

SS 3:11.

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Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts
In A Letter To Arc On Her Wishing To Be Called Anna

Forgive me, if I wound your ear,
By calling of you Nancy,
Which is the name of my sweet friend,
The other's but her fancy.
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Matilda Betham

Matilda Betham
Upon The Thief

The thief, when he doth steal, thinks he doth gain;
Yet then the greatest loss he doth sustain.
Come, thief, tell me thy gains, but do not falter.
When summ'd, what comes it to more than the halter?
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John Bunyan

John Bunyan
What Should I Say

What should I say,
Since faith is dead,
And truth away
From you is fled?
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Sir Thomas Wyatt
From Venus And Adonis

But, lo! from forth a copse that neighbours by,
A breeding jennet, lusty, young, and proud,
Adonis' trampling courser doth espy,
And forth she rushes, snorts and neighs aloud;
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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
On The Eve Of Departure From O''

Loud beats the rain! The hollow, groan
Of rushing winds I hear,
That with a deep and sullen moan,
Pass slowly by the ear.
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Matilda Betham

Matilda Betham
The Hostage

The tyrant Dionys to seek,
Stern Moerus with his poniard crept;
The watchful guard upon him swept;
The grim king marked his changeless cheek:
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Friedrich Schiller
The Progress Of Error.

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



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William Cowper

William Cowper
On Death

1.
Can death be sleep, when life is but a dream,
And scenes of bliss pass as a phantom by?
The transient pleasures as a vision seem,
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John Keats

John Keats
Woman's Love

'Dearly loved, devoted Sita! daughter of a royal line,
Part we now, for years of wand'ring in the pathless woods is mine,

For my father, promise-fettered, to Kaikeyi yields the sway,
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Valmiki
The Missionary - Canto Second

The night was still and clear, when, o'er the snows,
Andes! thy melancholy Spirit rose,--
A shadow stern and sad: he stood alone,
Upon the topmost mountain's burning cone;
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William Lisle Bowles
Edom O' Gordon

It fell about the Martinmas,
When the wind blew shrill and cauld,
Said Edom o' Gordon to his men,
‘We maun draw to a hauld.
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Anonymous
What Should I Say?

What should I say,
Since faith is dead,
And truth away
From you is fled?
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David Mckee Wright
Distichs

I.

Wisely a woman prefers to a lover a man who neglects her.
This one may love her some day, some day the lover will not.
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John Hay

John Hay
Alea Jacta

Dearest, I know thee wise and good,
Beloved by all the best;
With fancy like Ithuriel's spear,
A judgment proof 'gainst rage or fear,
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Alfred Austin
America

Glorious daughter of time! Thou of the mild blue eye --
Thou of the virginal forehead --pallid, unfurrowed of tears--
Thou of the strong white hands with fingers dipped in the dye
Of the blood that quickened the fathers of thee, in the ancient years,
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Edgar Lee Masters

Edgar Lee Masters
Anhelli - Chapter 11

e hymn of the tombs,
complaining, as it were a complaint of the ashes to God.

But as soon as the groans arose,
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Juliusz Slowacki
Sonnet 89: Say That Thou Didst Forsake Me For Some Fault

Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault,
And I will comment upon that offence;
Speak of my lameness, and I straight will halt,
Against thy reasons making no defence.
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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
Death And Birth

'Tis the midnight hour; I heard
The Abbey-bell give out the word.
Seldom is the lamp-ray shed
On some dwarfed foot-farer's head
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George Macdonald

George Macdonald
The Appeal

An Earnest Suit to his Unkind Mistress,
not to Forsake him


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Sir Thomas Wyatt
Tale X

THE LOVER'S JOURNEY.

It is the Soul that sees: the outward eyes
Present the object, but the Mind descries;
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George Crabbe

George Crabbe
Jonah

Thus sung the kingâ??some angel reach a bough
From Eden's tree to crown the wisest brow;
And now thou fairest garden ever made,
Broad banks of spices, blossom'd walks of shade,
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Thomas Parnell

Thomas Parnell
Icarus, Robert Jones's Second Book Of Songs And Airs

LOVE wing'd my Hopes and taught me how to fly
Far from base earth, but not to mount too high:
   For true pleasure
   Lives in measure,
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Anonymous
Elegiac Stanzas

WRITTEN DURING SICKNESS AT BATH.

When I lie musing on my bed alone,
And listen to the wintry waterfall;
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William Lisle Bowles
The Sonnets Lxxxix - Say That Thou Didst Forsake Me For Some Fault

Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault,
And I will comment upon that offence:
Speak of my lameness, and I straight will halt,
Against thy reasons making no defence.
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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
Merlin Ii

Sir Lamorak, the man of oak and iron,
Had with him now, as a care-laden guest,
Sir Bedivere, a man whom Arthur loved
As he had loved no man save Lancelot.
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
Alison

Bytuene Mershe ant Averil
When spray biginneth to spring,
The lutel foul hath hire wyl
On hyre lud to synge:
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Anonymous
In A Letter To C. P. Esq. Ill With The Rheumatism

Grant me the Muse, ye gods! whose humble flight
Seeks not the mountain-top's pernicious height:
Who can the tall Parnassian cliff forsake,
To visit oft the still Lethean lake;
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William Cowper

William Cowper
A Voice From The Factories

WHEN fallen man from Paradise was driven,
Forth to a world of labour, death, and care;
Still, of his native Eden, bounteous Heaven
Resolved one brief memorial to spare,
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Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton

Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
Cupid's Funeral

BY his side, whose days are past,
Lay bow and quiver!
And his eyes that stare aghast
Close, with a shiver.
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Victor James Daley
Octaves

I

To get at the eternal strength of things,
And fearlessly to make strong songs of it,
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
A Rune Of The Rain

I.

O many-toned rain!
O myriad sweet voices of the rain!
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George Parsons Lathrop

George Parsons Lathrop
Sonnet Xii

When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
When I behold the violet past prime,
And sable curls all silver'd o'er with white;
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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare