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On Fame

Fame, like a wayward girl, will still be coy
To those who woo her with too slavish knees,
But makes surrender to some thoughtless boy,
And dotes the more upon a heart at ease;
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John Keats

John Keats
Endymion: Book Iv

Muse of my native land! loftiest Muse!
O first-born on the mountains! by the hues
Of heaven on the spiritual air begot:
Long didst thou sit alone in northern grot,
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John Keats

John Keats
Marmion: Canto Iii. - The Inn

I.

The livelong day Lord Marmion rode:
The mountain path the Palmer showed,
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Walter Scott (sir)
Ode To Simplicity

O thou, by Nature taught
To breathe her genuine thought
In numbers warmly pure, and sweetly strong;
Who first on mountains wild,
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William Collins
Extreme Orient

A barge adrift the Perfumed River-
reclining beneath a parasol
is the courtesan Tigress waving her fan
-barge floats past village and pagoda,
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S. K. Kelen
Lamia

Part 1

Upon a time, before the faery broods
Drove Nymph and Satyr from the prosperous woods,
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John Keats

John Keats
The Garden

Hiding under the hill,
Heavy with trailing robes and tangled veils of green,
Till only its little haggard face was visible,
The garden lay shy and wistful,
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Harriet Monroe

Harriet Monroe
Two Sonnets On Fame

I.
Fame, like a wayward girl, will still be coy
To those who woo her with too slavish knees,
But makes surrender to some thoughtless boy,
.....
John Keats

John Keats
Ode To Simplicity

O thou, by Nature taught
To breathe her genuine thought
In numbers warmly pure, and sweetly strong;
Who first on mountains wild,
.....

William Taylor Collins
Marmion: Canto Iii. - The Inn

I.

The livelong day Lord Marmion rode:
The mountain path the Palmer showed,
.....
Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott
Endymion: Book Ii

O Sovereign power of love! O grief! O balm!
All records, saving thine, come cool, and calm,
And shadowy, through the mist of passed years:
For others, good or bad, hatred and tears
.....
John Keats

John Keats
Epilogue To Lessing's Laocooen

One morn as through Hyde Park we walk'd,
My friend and I, by chance we talk'd
Of Lessing's famed Laocooen;
And after we awhile had gone
.....
Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold
Seasonal Cycle - Chapter 02 - Rainy Season

"Oh, dear, now the kingly monsoon is onset with its clouds containing raindrops, as its ruttish elephants in its convoy, and with skyey flashes of lighting as its pennants and buntings, and with the thunders of thunderbolts as its percussive drumbeats, thus this rainy season has come to pass, radiately shining forth like a king, for the delight of voluptuous people...

"By far, the vault of heaven is overly impregnated with massive clouds, that are similar to the gleam of blackish petals of black-costuses... somewhere they are similar to the glitter of the heaps of well-kneaded blackish mascara... and elsewhere they glisten like the blackened nipples of bosoms of pregnant women, ready to rain the elixir of life on the lips of her offspring, when that offspring is actualised...

.....

Kalidasa
My Hero Bares His Nerves

My hero bares his nerves along my wrist
That rules from wrist to shoulder,
Unpacks the head that, like a sleepy ghost,
Leans on my mortal ruler,
.....

Dylan Thomas
Adeline

I.
Mystery of mysteries,
Faintly smiling Adeline,
Scarce of earth nor all divine,
.....
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson
Epilogue To Lessing's Laocoön

One Morn as through Hyde Park we walk'd.
My friend and I, by chance we talk'd
Of Lessing's famed Laocoön;
And after we awhile had gone
.....
Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold
Marmion: Canto Vi. - The Battle

I.

While great events were on the gale,
And each hour brought a varying tale,
.....

Walter Scott (sir)
Ballad

Oh Ladye fair, oh Ladye fair and mine,
Where'er thou be,
Canst thou divine
The Love that hungers thus in me?
.....

Sydney Thompson Dobell
Chimes

I.

HONEY-FLOWERS to the honey-comb,
And the honey-bee's from home.
.....
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
A Tragedy

A SOFT-BREASTED bird from the sea
Fell in love with the light-house flame;
And it wheeled round the tower on its airiest wing,
And floated and cried like a lovelorn thing;
.....

John Boyle O'reilly
Mistress Gurton's Cat

Old MISTRESS GURTON had a Cat,
A Tabby, loveliest of the race,
Sleek as a doe, and tame, and fat
With velvet paws, and whisker'd face;
.....

Mary Darby Robinson
Seasonal Cycle - Chapter 06 - Spring

"Oh, dear, with the just unfolded tender leaflets of Mango trees as his incisive arrows, and with shining strings of honeybees as his bowstring, the assailant named Vasanta came very nigh, to afflict the hearts of those that are fully engaged in affairs of lovemaking...

"Oh, dear, in Vasanta, Spring, trees are with flowers and waters are with lotuses, hence the breezes are agreeably fragrant with the fragrance of those flowers, thereby the eventides are comfortable and even the daytimes are pleasant with those fragrant breezes, thereby the women are with concupiscence, thus everything is highly pleasing...

.....

Kalidasa
The Caique

Yonder to the kiosk, beside the creek,
Paddle the swift caique.
Thou brawny oarsman with the sunburnt cheek,
Quick! for it soothes my heart to hear the Bulbul speak.
.....
William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray
Lines On Reading The Poems Of Warton, Age Fourteen

Oh, Warton! to thy soothing shell,
Stretch'd remote in hermit cell,
Where the brook runs babbling by,
For ever I could listening lie;
.....

Henry Kirk White
Heyoka Wacipee'the Giant's Dance

The night-sun sails in his gold canoe,
The spirits walk in the realms of air
With their glowing faces and flaming hair,
And the shrill, chill winds o'er the prairies blow.
.....

Hanford Lennox Gordon
Lovelorn

If these walls could talk
To let you know how I feel
To let you know how I cry.

.....
Kibirige Desire Edward

Kibirige Desire Edward
The Hebrew Maiden

A familiar figure is standing alone outside in the dimness.
I would recognize that pretty Hebrew maiden anywhere.
She is right beside the swimming pool staring at the water.
Although it is a pleasant surprise, my heart is pounding fast.
.....
Marlon Pitter

Marlon Pitter
Song

O for a moon to light me home!
O for a lanthorn green!
For those sweet stars the Pleiades,
That glitter in the twilight trees;
.....

Walter De La Mare
The Riddlers

"Thou solitary!" the Blackbird cried,
"I, from the happy Wren,
Linnet and Blackcap, Woodlark, Thrush,
Perched all upon a sweetbrier bush,
.....

Walter De La Mare
A Bit Of Color

[PARIS, 1896]


Oh, damsel fair at the Porte Maillot,
.....

Arthur Macy
Feelings Being Played Pt. 2

Saw someone you say you love,
Stood there with a meaningless look,
Hope with gifts came crashing down in slow mo,
Beer bit the floor with broken emotions like my heart,
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Loner Vinge

Loner Vinge
Love And Innocence

Tell me then where does love start;
In the head or in the heart.
Tell me then where love is born,
Or I will die a lovelorn.
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Khayelihle Bongiswa Gamedze

Khayelihle Bongiswa Gamedze