REVELATION POEMS

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Religio Laici

Dim, as the borrow'd beams of moon and stars
To lonely, weary, wand'ring travellers,
Is reason to the soul; and as on high,
Those rolling fires discover but the sky
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John Dryden

John Dryden
A Hidden Life

Proudly the youth, sudden with manhood crowned,
Went walking by his horses, the first time,
That morning, to the plough. No soldier gay
Feels at his side the throb of the gold hilt
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George Macdonald

George Macdonald
The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
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William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats
Mount Tabor

On Tabor's height a glory came,
And, shrined in clouds of lambent flame,
The awestruck, hushed disciples saw
Christ and the prophets of the law.
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John Hay

John Hay
Tannhauser

To my mother. May, 1870.


The Landgrave Hermann held a gathering
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Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus
To Johan Sverdrup

When now my song selects and praises
Your forceful name, think not it raises
The rallying-flag for battle near;
The street-fight shall not reach us here.
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Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
Cut The Grass

The wonderful workings of the world: wonderful,
wonderful: I'm surprised half the time:
ground up fine, I puff if a pebble stirs:

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Archie Randolph Ammons
An Inventor

Not yet!

I thought this time 'twas done at last,
the workings perfected, the life in it;
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Augusta Davies Webster
Psalms

I
I seem to be
Sundered from Thee,
Thou Harmony of all creation.
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Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
Suum Cuique

When lawless men their neighbours dispossess,
The tenants they extirpate or oppress,
And make rude havoc in the fruitful soil,
Which the right owners ploughed with careful toil.
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John Dryden

John Dryden
Revelation

At your mouth, white and milk-warm sphinx,
I taste a strange apocalypse:
Your subtle taper finger-tips
Weave me new heavens, yet, methinks,
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Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley
Absolution

THREE months had passed since she had knelt before
The grate of the confessional, and he,
--The priest--had wondered why she came no more
To tell her sinless sins--the vanity
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Edith Nesbit

Edith Nesbit
We Learned The Whole Of Love

568

We learned the Whole of Love-
The Alphabet-the Words-
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
You Constituted Time

765

You constituted Time-
I deemed Eternity
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
P. A. Munch

Many forms belong to greatness.
He who now has left us bore it
As a doubt that made him sleepless,
But at last gave revelation,-
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Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
Merlin Iv

The tortured King-seeing Merlin wholly meshed
In his defection, even to indifference,
And all the while attended and exalted
By some unfathomable obscurity
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
Merlin Vi

“No kings are coming on their hands and knees,
Nor yet on horses or in chariots,
To carry me away from you again,”
Said Merlin, winding around Vivian's ear
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
The Voices In The Night

I am the Raven con
of the world spirit
of blood and mire;
signal to the death,
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Joseph Mayo Wristen
The Faun

Within my garden's silence and seclusion,
In pensive beauty gazing toward the dawn,
There stands, mid vines and flowers in profusion,
A sculptured Faun.
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John L. Stoddard

John L. Stoddard
A Silence

past parentage or gender
beyond sung vocables
the slipped-between
the so infinitesimal
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Amy Clampitt
The Trees Are Down

and he cried with a loud voice: Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees - Revelation

They are cutting down the great plane-trees at the end of
the gardens.
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Charlotte Mary Mew
The Mountain Spring

And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let
him take the water of life freely.-Revelation 22:17.


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Nannie R. Glass
The Town Of Dae

Swains and maidens, young and old,
You to me this tale have told.

Where the squalid town of Dae
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Ambrose Bierce
An Epistle

From Joshua Ibn Vives of Allorqui to his Former Master, Solomon
Levi-Paul, de Santa-Maria, Bishop of Cartegna Chancellor of
Castile, and Privy Councillor to King Henry III. of Spain.

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Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus
Influence

The fervent, pale-faced Mother ere she sleep,
Looks out upon the zigzag-lighted square,
The beautiful bare trees, the blue night-air,
The revelation of the star-strewn deep,
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Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus
Be Not Anxious

“Be careful for nothing,” Phil. iv. 6. Revised version, “Be
not anxious.”


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Hattie Howard
Bishop Blougram's Apology

NO more wine? then we'll push back chairs and talk.
A final glass for me, though: cool, i' faith!
We ought to have our Abbey back, you see.
It's different, preaching in basilicas,
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Robert Browning

Robert Browning
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
The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Viii.

Preludes.

I Life of Life
What's that, which, ere I spake, was gone:
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Coventry Patmore

Coventry Patmore
The Woman At The Cross-roads

(Her lover speaks.)

AN equal love between a man and woman,
This is the only charm to set us free,
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Alice Duer Miller
Christmas,1870

Heaven strews the earth with snow,
That neither friend nor foe
May break the sleep of the fast-dying year;
A world arrayed in white,
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Alfred Austin
Adjustment

The tree of Faith its bare, dry boughs must shed
That nearer heaven the living ones may climb;
The false must fail, though from our shores of time
The old lament be heard, 'Great Pan is dead!'
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
The Triumph Of The People

LO, the gods of Vice and Mammon from their pinnacles are hurled
By the workersâ?? new religion, which is oldest in the world;
And the earth will feel her children treading firmly on the sod,
For the triumph of the People is the victory of God.
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Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
The British

We are a people living in shells and moving
Crablike; reticent, awkward, deeply suspicious;
Watching the world from a corner of half-closed eyelids,
Afraid lest someone show that he hates or loves us,
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Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
Damascus, What Are You Doing To Me?

1
My voice rings out, this time, from Damascus
It rings out from the house of my mother and father
In Sham. The geography of my body changes.
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Nizar Qabbani
Revelation

Still, as of old, in Beavor's Vale,
O man of God! our hope and faith
The Elements and Stars assail,
And the awed spirit holds its breath,
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
The Ghost's Leavetaking

Enter the chilly no-man's land of about
Five o'clock in the morning, the no-color void
Where the waking head rubbishes out the draggled lot
Of sulfurous dreamscapes and obscure lunar conundrums
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Sylvia Plath
Jump-to-glory Jane

I

A revelation came on Jane,
The widow of a labouring swain:
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George Meredith

George Meredith
The Poet

The poet does the prophet's deeds;
In times of need with new life pregnant,
When strife and suffering are regnant,
His faith with light ideal leads.
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Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
Song Of Love Xxiv

I am the lover's eyes, and the spirit's
Wine, and the heart's nourishment.
I am a rose. My heart opens at dawn and
The virgin kisses me and places me
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Khalil Gibran
Ordinary Miracles

Spring, rainbows,
ordinary miracles
about which
nothing new can be said.
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Erica Jong
An Election Ballad

As I sate down to breakfast in state,
At my living of Tithing-cum-Boring,
With Betty beside me to wait,
Came a rap that almost beat the door in.
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Thomas Babbington Macaulay
Constable M-carty-s Investigations

Most unpleasantly adjacent to the haunts of lower orders
Stood a â??terraceâ?? in the city when the current year began,
And a notice indicated there were vacancies for boarders
In the middle house, and lodgings for a single gentleman.
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Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
A Vision Of Poesy - Part 01

I

In a far country, and a distant age,
Ere sprites and fays had bade farewell to earth,
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Henry Timrod
The Prelude - Book Second

SCHOOL-TIME (continued)

Thus far, O Friend! have we, though leaving much
Unvisited, endeavoured to retrace
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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
Pis-aller

'Man is blind because of sin;
'Revelation makes him sure.
'Without that, who looks within,
'Looks in vain, for all's obscure.'
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Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold
Constable M'carty's Investigations

Most unpleasantly adjacent to the haunts of lower orders
Stood a 'terrace' in the city when the current year began,
And a notice indicated there were vacancies for boarders
In the middle house, and lodgings for a single gentleman.
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Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
The Knight Of Malta - Prose

To the Editor of the Knickerbocker

Sir: In the course of a tour which I made in Sicily, in the days of my juvenility, I passed some little time at the ancient city of Catania, at the foot of Mount Ætna. Here I became acquainted with the Chevalier L--, an old Knight of Malta. It was not many years after the time that Napoleon had dislodged the knights from their island, and he still wore the insignia of his order. He was not, however, one of those reliques of that once chivalrous body, who had been described was "a few worn-out old men, creeping about certain parts of Europe, with the Maltese cross on their breasts;" on the contrary, though advanced in life, his form was still light and vigorous; he had a pale, thin, intellectual visage, with a high forehead, and a bright, visionary eye. He seemed to take a fancy to me, as I certainly did to him, and we soon became intimate, I visited him occasionally, at his apartments, in the wing of an old palace, looking toward Mount Ætna. He was an antiquary, a virtuoso, and a connoisseur. His rooms were decorated with mutilated statues, dug up from Grecian and Roman ruins; old vases, lachrymals, and sepulchral lamps. He had astronomical and chemical instruments, and black-letter books, in various languages. I found that he had dipped a little in chimerical studies and had a hankering after astrology and alchymy. He affected to believe in dreams and visions, and delighted in the fanciful Rosicrucian doctrines. I cannot persuade myself, however, that he really believed in all these: I rather think he loved to let his imagination carry him away into the boundless fairy land which they unfolded.

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Washington Irving
Cut The Grass

The wonderful workings of the world: wonderful,
wonderful: I'm surprised half the time:
ground up fine, I puff if a pebble stirs:

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A. R. Ammons
Revelation

We make ourselves a place apart
Behind light words that tease and flout,
But oh, the agitated hear
Till someone really find us out.
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Robert Lee Frost