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The Sundays Of Satin-legs Smith

Inamoratas, with an approbation,
Bestowed his title. Blessed his inclination.

He wakes, unwinds, elaborately: a cat
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Gwendolyn Brooks
The Suicide's Argument

Ere the birth of my life, if I wished it or no
No question was asked me--it could not be so !
If the life was the question, a thing sent to try
And to live on be YES; what can NO be ? to die.
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
An Essay On Man: Epistle I.

THE DESIGN.

Having proposed to write some pieces on human life and manners, such as (to use my Lord Bacon's expression) come home to men's business and bosoms, I thought it more satisfactory to begin with considering man in the abstract, his nature and his state; since, to prove any moral duty, to enforce any moral precept, or to examine the perfection or imperfection of any creature whatsoever, it is necessary first to know what condition and relation it is placed in, and what is the proper end and purpose of its being.

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Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope
Fame Is A Fickle Food

1659

Fame is a fickle food
Upon a shifting plate
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Grace Darling

As the night was beginning to close in one rough September day
In the year of 1838, a steamer passed through the Fairway
Between the Farne Islands and the coast, on her passage northwards;
But the wind was against her, and the steamer laboured hard.
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William Topaz Mcgonagall
Middle-aged

â??Tis but a vague, invarious delight
As gold that rains about some buried king.

As the fine flakes,
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Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound
Don Juan: Canto The Sixteenth

The antique Persians taught three useful things,
To draw the bow, to ride, and speak the truth.
This was the mode of Cyrus, best of kings--
A mode adopted since by modern youth.
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George Gordon Byron
Sonnet: If By Dull Rhymes Our English Must Be Chain'd

If by dull rhymes our English must be chain'd,
And, like Andromeda, the Sonnet sweet
Fetter'd, in spite of pained loveliness;
Let us find out, if we must be constrain'd,
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John Keats

John Keats
An Epistle To Fleetwood Shephard, Esq. Burleigh, May 14, 1689

Sir,
As once a twelvemonth to the priest,
Holy at Rome, here Antichrist,
The Spanish king presents a jennet
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Matthew Prior

Matthew Prior
Could Hope Inspect Her Basis

Could Hope inspect her Basis
Her Craft were done -
Has a fictitious Charter
Or it has none -
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Pippa Passes: Part Iv: Night

Scene. Inside the Palace by the Duomo. Monsignor, dismissing his Attendants.


Monsignor
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Robert Browning

Robert Browning
Sordello: Book The Third

And the font took them: let our laurels lie!
Braid moonfern now with mystic trifoly
Because once more Goito gets, once more,
Sordello to itself! A dream is o'er,
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Robert Browning

Robert Browning
Diagnosis

Cried Allen Forman: 'Doctor, pray
Compose my spirits' strife:
O what may be my chances, say,
Of living all my life?
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Ambrose Bierce
The Poet's Seat. An Idyll Of The Suburbs.

"Ille terrarum mihi prëter omnes
Angulus Ridet."
--Hor. ii. 6.

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Henry Austin Dobson

Henry Austin Dobson
Understand That This Is A Dream

Real as a dream
What shall I do with this great opportunity to fly?
What is the interpretation of this planet, this moon?
if I can dream that I dream / and dream anything dreamable / can I dream
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Allen Ginsberg
Fame Is A Fickle Food (1659)

Fame is a fickle food
Upon a shifting plate
Whose table once a
Guest but not
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
The River Song

This boat is of shato-wood, and its gunwales are cut
magnolia,
Musicians with jewelled flutes and with pipes of gold
Fill full the sides in rows, and our wine
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Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound
In A Library.

A precious, mouldering pleasure 't is
To meet an antique book,
In just the dress his century wore;
A privilege, I think,
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Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
The Borough. Letter Ix: Amusements

OF our Amusements ask you?--We amuse
Ourselves and friends with seaside walks and views,
Or take a morning ride, a novel, or the news;
Or, seeking nothing, glide about the street,
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George Crabbe

George Crabbe
If By Dull Rhymes Our English Must Be Chain'd

If by dull rhymes our English must be chain'd,
And, like Andromeda, the Sonnet sweet
Fetter'd, in spite of pained loveliness;
Let us find out, if we must be constrain'd,
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John Keats

John Keats
Could Hope Inspect Her Basis

1283

Could Hope inspect her Basis
Her Craft were done-
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
If By Dull Rhymes Our English Must Be Chain'd

If by dull rhymes our English must be chain'd,
And, like Andromeda, the Sonnet sweet
Fetter'd, in spite of pained loveliness;
Let us find out, if we must be constrain'd,
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John Keats

John Keats
A Precious'mouldering Pleasure

371

A precious-mouldering pleasure-'tis-
To meet an Antique Book-
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
How Know It From A Summer's Day?

1364

How know it from a Summer's Day?
Its Fervors are as firm-
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
The Spirit Is The Conscious Ear

733

The Spirit is the Conscious Ear.
We actually Hear
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Bessie's Boil

Says I to my Missis: “Ba goom, lass! you've something I see, on your mind.”
Says she: “You are right, Sam, I've something. It ‘appens it's on me be'ind.
A Boil as ‘ud make Job jealous. It ‘urts me no end when I sit.”
Says I: “Go to ‘ospittel, Missis. They might ‘ave to coot it a bit.”
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Robert Service

Robert Service
The Deacon And His Daughter

He saved his soul and saved his pork,
With old time preservation;
He did not hold with creosote,
Or new plans of salvation;
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Isabella Valancy Crawford

Isabella Valancy Crawford
The Feast Of Stephen

I


The coltish horseplay of the locker room,
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Anthony Evan Hecht
Marsupial Bill

1
IT was the time when geese despond,
And turkeys make their wills;
The time when Christians, to a man,
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James Brunton Stephens
The Spirit Is The Conscious Ear

733

The Spirit is the Conscious Ear.
We actually Hear
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
The Empty Purse--a Sermon To Our Later Prodigal Son

Thou, run to the dry on this wayside bank,
Too plainly of all the propellers bereft!
Quenched youth, and is that thy purse?
Even such limp slough as the snake has left
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George Meredith

George Meredith
Bessie's Boil

Says I to my Missis: "Ba goom, lass! you've something I see, on your mind."
Says she: "You are right, Sam, I've something. It 'appens it's on me be'ind.
A Boil as 'ud make Job jealous. It 'urts me no end when I sit."
Says I: "Go to 'ospittel, Missis. They might 'ave to coot it a bit."
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Robert William Service
A Singular Exhibition At Somerset House

"Our Crummie is a dainty cow." - Scotch Song.


On that first Saturday in May,
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Thomas Hood

Thomas Hood
How Nature's Beauties Should Be Viewed

Should man, with microscopic eye,
View the details of Nature's plan,
Into each nook and corner pry,
And needlessly the hidden scan?
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Thomas Frederick Young
George Joslin On La Menken

Here, Coroner Merival, look at this picture!
Whom does it look like? Eyes too crystalline,
A head like Byron's, tender mouth, and neck,
Slender and white, a pathos as of smiles
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Edgar Lee Masters

Edgar Lee Masters
Don Juan - Canto The Sixteenth

The antique Persians taught three useful things,
To draw the bow, to ride, and speak the truth.
This was the mode of Cyrus, best of kings -
A mode adopted since by modern youth.
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George Gordon Byron