JANUARY POEMS

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Birthday

(16th January 1949)

I thank whatever gods may be
For all the happiness that's mine;
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Robert Service
Months

January cold desolate;
February all dripping wet;
March wind ranges;
April changes;
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Christina Rossetti
Advent

We have tested and tasted too much, lover-
Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder.
But here in the Advent-darkened room
Where the dry black bread and the sugarless tea
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Patrick Kavanagh
A Drunkard Cannot Meet A Cork

1628

A Drunkard cannot meet a Cork
Without a Revery-
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Emily Dickinson
For The Birthday Of Edgar Allan Poe

(January 19, 1909)

Poet of doom, dementia, and death,
Of beauty singing in a charnel house,
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Richard Le Gallienne
Birthday

(16th January 1949)

I thank whatever gods may be
For all the happiness that's mine;
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Robert William Service
I Have A White Rose To Tend (verse Xxxix)

I have a white rose to tend
In July as in January;
I give it to the true friend
Who offers his frank hand to me.
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Jose Marti
Unchained

The bird ain't as free as she thinks
Freedom is not just in the air
The prisoner is not enslaved as he thinks
Slavery is not just in a cell
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Apollos Alpha
Brown’s Descent, Or The Willy-nilly Slide

Brown lived at such a lofty farm
That everyone for miles could see
His lantern when he did his chores
In winter after half-past three.
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Robert Frost
A Celebration

A middle-northern March, now as always-
gusts from the South broken against cold winds-
but from under, as if a slow hand lifted a tide,
it moves-not into April-into a second March,
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William Carlos Williams
A Sunday Morning Tragedy

I bore a daughter flower-fair,
In Pydel Vale, alas for me;
I joyed to mother one so rare,
But dead and gone I now would be.
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Thomas Hardy
The Elder Brother.

Centrick, in London noise, and London follies,
Proud Covent Garden blooms, in smoky glory;
For chairmen, coffee-rooms, piazzas, dollies,
Cabbages, and comedians, fame'd in story!
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George Colman
Fish Crier

I Know a Jew fish crier down on Maxwell Street with a
voice like a north wind blowing over corn stubble
in January.
He dangles herring before prospective customers evincing
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Carl Sandburg
To A Vain Lady

Ah! heedless girl! why thus disclose
What ne'er was meant for other ears:
Why thus destroy thine own repose
And dig the source of future tears?
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George Gordon Byron
House

TWO Swede families live downstairs and an Irish policeman upstairs, and an old soldier, Uncle Joe.
Two Swede boys go upstairs and see Joe. His wife is dead, his only son is dead, and his two daughters in Missouri and Texas don't want him around.
The boys and Uncle Joe crack walnuts with a hammer on the bottom of a flatiron while the January wind howls and the zero air weaves laces on the window glass.
Joe tells the Swede boys all about Chickamauga and Chattanooga, how the Union soldiers crept in rain somewhere a dark night and ran forward and killed many Rebels, took flags, held a hill, and won a victory told about in the histories in school.
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Carl Sandburg
The Death Of The Queen

Alas! our noble and generous Queen Victoria is dead,
And I hope her soul to Heaven has fled,
To sing and rejoice with saints above,
Where ah is joy, peace, and love.
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William Topaz Mcgonagall
Released—january, 1878

On the 5th of January,!878, three of the Irish political prisoners, who had been confined since!866, were set at liberty. The released men were received by their fellow-countrymen in London. 'They are well,' said the report, ' but they look prematurely old.'


THEY are free at last! They can face the sun;
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John Boyle O'reilly
The Candle

Time like a cloud
Has risen from the East
And whelmed the sky over
Even to the wide-arched West,
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John Freeman
January 2nd

How many have you broken up till now?
I know that yesterday you made a vow,
And most solemnly 'twas spoken;
But how many have you broken?
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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
The Swallows

AH! swallows, is it so?
Did loving lingering summer, whose slow pace
Tarried among late blossoms, loth to go,
Gather the darkening cloud-wraps round her face
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Augusta Davies Webster
Oglethorpe

An Ode to be read on the laying of the foundation
stone of the new Oglethorpe University,
January, 1915, at Atlanta,
Georgia
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Madison Julius Cawein
Aylmer's Field

Dust are our frames; and gilded dust, our pride
Looks only for a moment whole and sound;
Like that long-buried body of the king,
Found lying with his urns and ornaments,
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Alfred Lord Tennyson
Emancipation Day

The sixties brought a clash of armsâ??
The mem'ry of it thrills and charmsâ??
While Negro slaves for freedom prayed,
Till Heaven bowed to give them aid.
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Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer
Ode

Written on the first of January, 1794


Come melancholy Moralizer-come!
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Robert Southey
Verses On Games

Here is a horse to tame
Here is a gun to handle
God knows you can enter the game
If you'll only pay for the same,
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Rudyard Kipling
From "january"

Supper removed, the mother sits,
And tells her tales by starts and fits.
Not willing to lose time or toil,
She knits or sews, and talks the while
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John Clare
Lines Written Beneath A Picture

Dear object of defeated care!
Though now of Love and thee bereft,
To reconcile me with despair,
Thing image and any tears are left.
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George Gordon Byron
The Skylark

'It is the skylark come.' For shame!
Robert-a-Cockney is thy name:
Robert-a-Field would surely know
That skylarks, bless them, never go!
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Edith Nesbit
Welcome To The Chicago Commercial Club

January 14, 1880

CHICAGO sounds rough to the maker of verse;
One comfort we have--Cincinnati sounds worse;
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Oliver Wendell Holmes
Primroses

I
Latest, earliest of the year,
Primroses that still were here,
Snugly nestling round the boles
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Alfred Austin
On The Way

(Philadelphia, 1794)

Note.- The following imaginary dialogue between
Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, which is not based upon
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Edwin Arlington Robinson
October In New Zealand

O JUNE has her diamonds, her diamonds of sheen,
Meet for a queen-s neck, if Death had e-er a queen!
June has her blue days, jewels of delight,
Set in the ivory of Alp-land white,-
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Jessie Mackay
Absence

My shadow --
I woke to a wind swirling the curtains light and dark
and the birds twittering on the roofs, I lay cold
in the early light in my room high over London.
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Edwin Morgan
Address At The Opening Of The California Theatre, San Francisco, January 19, 1870

Brief words, when actions wait, are well:
The prompter's hand is on his bell;
The coming heroes, lovers, kings,
Are idly lounging at the wings;
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Bret Harte
January Morning: Suite 03

- and from basement entries
neatly coiffed, middle aged gentlemen
with orderly moustaches and
well-brushed coats
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William Carlos Williams
January Morning: Suite 08

- and the rickety ferry-boat “Arden”!
What an object to be called “Arden”
among the great piers,-on the
ever new river!
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William Carlos Williams
[month Of] January

It freezes- all across a soundless sky
The birds go home. The governing dark's begun:
The steadfast dark that waits not for a sun;
The ultimate dark wherein the race shall die.
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Hilaire Belloc
A January Morning

The glittering roofs are still with frost; each worn
Black chimney builds into the quiet sky
Its curling pile to crumble silently.
Far out to westward on the edge of morn,
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Archibald Lampman
Released-january, 1878

On the 5th of January,!878, three of the Irish political prisoners, who had been confined since!866, were set at liberty. The released men were received by their fellow-countrymen in London. 'They are well,' said the report, ' but they look prematurely old.'


THEY are free at last! They can face the sun;
.....

John Boyle O'reilly
The Candle

Time like a cloud
Has risen from the East
And whelmed the sky over
Even to the wide-arched West,
.....

John Frederick Freeman
A Tenant Of Mrs. Van Kleeck

Translation of a letter from a tenant of Mrs. Van Kleeck to that lady, dated January 9, 1787


My very good landlady, Mistress Van Kleeck,
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Henry Livingston Jr.
To The Herb Rosemary

Sweet scented flower! who art wont to bloom
On January's front severe,
And o'er the wintry desert drear
To waft thy waste perfume!
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Henry Kirk White
Elegy On The Year 1788

FOR lords or kings I dinna mourn,
E'en let them die-for that they're born:
But oh! prodigious to reflec'!
A Towmont, sirs, is gane to wreck!
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Robert Burns
On Early Trains

This winter I was outside Moscow,
But when the time for work came round,
Through the blizzard, biting frost and snow,
I made the journey into town.
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Boris Pasternak
For The Burns Centennial Celebration

JANUARY 25, 1859

His birthday.--Nay, we need not speak
The name each heart is beating,--
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Oliver Wendell Holmes
The Death Of The Rev. Dr. Wilson

'Twas in the year of 1888 and on the 17th of January
That the late Rev. Dr. Wilson's soul fled away;
The generous-hearted Dr. had been ailing for some time,
But death, with his dart, did pierce the heart of the learned divine.
.....

William Topaz Mcgonagall
June Dreams, In January

“So pulse, and pulse, thou rhythmic-hearted Noon
That liest, large-limbed, curved along the hills,
In languid palpitation, half a-swoon
With ardors and sun-loves and subtle thrills;
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Sidney Lanier
The Brothers

'These Tourists, heaven preserve us! needs must live
A profitable life: some glance along,
Rapid and gay, as if the earth were air,
And they were butterflies to wheel about
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William Wordsworth
Ode To A Child

BRIGHT as a morn of spring,
That jubilates along the earth,
With clouds, and winds, and flowers rejoicing,
And all the creatures that on wing
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Mathilde Blind
Gotham.[1] Book I.

(In Three Books.)


Far off (no matter whether east or west,
.....

Charles Churchill