VALENTINE POEMS

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A Valentine Gift

Your appearance alone
Is a bona-fide Valentine gift
Were I the one lucky man
To betroth this precious date
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Michael Aete
Awake Ye Muses Nine, Sing Me A Strain Divine

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Awake ye muses nine, sing me a strain divine,
Unwind the solemn twine, and tie my Valentine!
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Emily Dickinson
Autumn Valentine

In May my heart was breaking-
Oh, wide the wound, and deep!
And bitter it beat at waking,
And sore it split in sleep.
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Dorothy Parker
News Of The Gold World Of May

News of the Gold World of May in Holland Michigan:
“Wooden shoes will clatter again
on freshly scrubbed streets-”

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Delmore Schwartz
Occasional Poems

I Christmas Poem for Nancy

Noel, Noel
We live and we die
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Delmore Schwartz
To His Fairest Valentine, Mrs. A.l.

“Come, pretty birds, present your lays,
And learn to chaunt a goddess praise;
Ye wood-nymphs, let your voices be
Employ'd to serve her deity:
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Richard Lovelace
Witch-wife

She is neither pink nor pale,
And she never will be all mine;
She learned her hands in a fairy-tale,
And her mouth on a valentine.
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Edna St. Vincent Millay
A Valentine

For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
Shall find her own sweet name, that, nestling lies
Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
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Edgar Allan Poe
A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister

A Scotchman whose name was Isbister
Had a maiden giraffe he called “sister”
When she said “Oh, be mine,
Be my sweet Valentine!”
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Ellis Parker Butler
A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy

Oh! Montmorency Vere de Vere,
To think that one I held so dear
Should use a base deceiver's art
To trifle with my loving heart.
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Ellis Parker Butler
Maude’s Valentine

Last year I rhymed a valentine,
And penned it on a dainty sheet
Of pink note paper; and I laid
The offering at Kate's feet.
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Ellis Parker Butler
To Kate. (in Lieu Of A Valentine)

Sweet Love and I had oft communed;
We were, indeed, great friends,
And oft I sought his office, near
Where Courtship Alley ends.
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Ellis Parker Butler
Valentine To The Girl In Black

In hand I take this pen of mine
To write you, sweet, a valentine;
I'd take your dainty hand instead,
But-you're a drawing-I am wed-
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Ellis Parker Butler
The Beggar’s Valentine

Kiss me and comfort my heart
Maiden honest and fine.
I am the pilgrim boy
Lame, but hunting the shrine;
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Vachel Lindsay
To Mary Pickford

Moving-picture Actress

(On hearing she was leaving the moving-pictures for the stage.)

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Vachel Lindsay
St. Valentine’s Day

To-day, all day, I rode upon the down,
With hounds and horsemen, a brave company
On this side in its glory lay the sea,
On that the Sussex weald, a sea of brown.
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Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
A Valentine To My Wife

Accept, dear girl, this little token,
And if between the lines you seek,
You'll find the love I've often spoken-
The love my dying lips shall speak.
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Eugene Field
A Blue Valentine

(For Aline)


Monsignore,
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Joyce Kilmer
Valentine

This is the time for birds to mate;
To-day the dove
Will mark the ancient amorous date
With moans of love;
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John Charles Mcneill
A Valentine

Your gran'ma, in her youth, was quite
As blithe a little maid as you.
And, though her hair is snowy white,
Her eyes still have their maiden blue,
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Eugene Field
A Valentine (ii)

Go, Cupid, and my sweetheart tell
I love her well.
Yes, though she tramples on my heart
And rends that bleeding thing apart;
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Eugene Field
Two Valentines

I.-TO MISTRESS BARBARA

There were three cavaliers, all handsome and true,
On Valentine's day came a maiden to woo,
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Eugene Field
Sonnet 01

Go Valentine and tell that lovely maid
Whom Fancy still will pourtray to my sight,
How her Bard lingers in this sullen shade,
This dreary gloom of dull monastic night.
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Robert Southey
Sonnet 02

Think Valentine, as speeding on thy way
Homeward thou hastest light of heart along,
If heavily creep on one little day
The medley crew of travellers among,
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Robert Southey
Vignettes 05: Valentine From A Young Lady To Her Mother

It is a custom, in some parts of Norfolk and Suffolk,
to send little presents with verses on Valentine's Day,
to relatives and friends.

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Matilda Betham
To A Proud Beauty: A Valentine

Though I have loved you well, I ween,
And you, too, fancied me,
Your heart hath too divided been
A constant heart to be.
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Adam Lindsay Gordon
The Crystal

At midnight, death's and truth's unlocking time,
When far within the spirit's hearing rolls
The great soft rumble of the course of things-
A bulk of silence in a mask of sound,-
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Sidney Lanier
St. Valentine’s Day

The South is a dream of flowers
With a jewel for sky and sea,
Rose-crowns for the dancing hours,
Gold fruits upon every tree;
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E. (edith) Nesbit
A Valentine

I love thee for the soul that shines
Within thine eyes' soft beaming,
From out whose depths the prisoned fires
Of intellect are gleaming.
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Madge Morris Wagner
I Am A Chocolate Cherry On Your Lips

The taste of life is bitter or is sweet,
But me i am a chocolate flavor,
When sitting on your lips.
You could try many flavors,
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Cristina Teodor
St. Valentine's Day

The South is a dream of flowers
With a jewel for sky and sea,
Rose-crowns for the dancing hours,
Gold fruits upon every tree;
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Edith Nesbit
The Blues

What did I think, a storm clutching a clarinet
and boarding a downtown bus, headed for lessons?
I had pieces to learn by heart, but at twelve

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William Matthews
Lines Suggested By The Fourteenth Of February - Ii

Darkness succeeds to twilight:
Through lattice and through skylight
The stars no doubt, if one looked out,
Might be observed to shine:
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Charles Stuart Calverley
Song—tam Glen

MY heart is a-breaking, dear Tittie,
Some counsel unto me come len',
To anger them a' is a pity,
But what will I do wi' Tam Glen?
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Robert Burns
Mr. Nixon

In the cream gilded cabin of his steam yacht
Mr. Nixon advised me kindly, to advance with fewer
Dangers of delay. 'Consider
Carefully the reviewer.
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Ezra Pound
O Nightingale! Thou Surely Art

O Nightingale! thou surely art
A creature of a "fiery heart":--
These notes of thine--they pierce and pierce;
Tumultuous harmony and fierce!
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William Wordsworth
Valentine's Day

'Tis said that under distant skies,
Nor you the fact deny,
What first attracts an Indian's eyes
Becomes his deity.
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William Shenstone
To My Old Readers

You know 'The Teacups,' that congenial set
Which round the Teapot you have often met;
The grave DICTATOR, him you knew of old,--
Knew as the shepherd of another fold
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Oliver Wendell Holmes
An Honest Valentine

Returned from the Dead-Letter Office

THANK you for your kindness,
Lady fair and wise,
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Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Go, Valentine

Go, Valentine, and tell that lovely maid
Whom fancy still will portray to my sight,
How here I linger in this sullen shade,
This dreary gloom of dull monastic night;
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Robert Southey
A St. Valentine—s Day Tragedy

Oh! Montmorency Vere de Vere,
To think that one I held so dear
Should use a base deceiverâ??s art
To trifle with my loving heart.
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Ellis Parker Butler
The Shepherd's Week : Thursday; Or, The Spell

Hobnelia.
Hobnelia, seated in a dreary vale,
In pensive mood rehears'd her piteous tale,
Her piteous tale the wind in sighs bemoan,
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John Gay
The Beggar's Valentine

Kiss me and comfort my heart
Maiden honest and fine.
I am the pilgrim boy
Lame, but hunting the shrine;
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Vachel Lindsay
Roundel

Now welcome Summer with thy sunne soft,
That hast this winter`s weathers overshake,
And driven away the longe nighties black.

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Geoffrey Chaucer
From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale

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The God of Love-'ah, benedicite!'
How mighty and how great a Lord is he!
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William Wordsworth
Valentine And Ursine

Part the First.
When Flora 'gins to decke the fields
With colours fresh and fine,
Then holy clerkes their mattins sing
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Anonymous Olde English
Sonnet For The 14th Of February

No popular respect will I omit
To do thee honor on this happy day,
When every loyal lover tasks his wit
His simple truth in studious rhymes to pay,
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Thomas Hood
St. Valentine's Day

Let loose the sails of love and let them fill
With breezes sweet with tenderness to-day;
Scorn not the praises youthful lovers say;
Romance is old, but it is lovely still.
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Edgar Albert Guest
Marmion: Canto Iii. - The Inn

I.

The livelong day Lord Marmion rode:
The mountain path the Palmer showed,
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Sir Walter Scott
A Valentine's Song

MOTLEY I count the only wear
That suits, in this mixed world, the truly wise,
Who boldly smile upon despair
And shake their bells in Grandam Grundy's eyes.
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Robert Louis Stevenson
Valentine

Too high, too high to pluck
My heart shall swing.
A fruit no bee shall suck,
No wasp shall sting.
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Elinor Morton Wylie
To My Valentine

More than a catbird hates a cat,
Or a criminal hates a clue,
Or the Axis hates the United States,
That's how much I love you.
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Ogden Nash
A Valentine

YE are twa laddies unco gleg,
An' blithe an' bonnie:
As licht o' heel as Anster's Meg;--
Gin ye'd a lassie's favor beg,
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Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Valentine--to Lizzie Siddal

YESTERDAY was St. Valentine.
Thought you at all, dear dove divine,
Upon the beard in sorry trim
And rueful countenance of him,
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (part I)

"Vocat aestus in umbram"
Nemesianus Es. IV.

E. P. Ode pour l'élection de son sépulchre
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Ezra Pound
Valentine's Day

Oh! I wish I were a tiny browny bird from out the south,
Settled among the alder-holts, and twittering by the stream;
I would put my tiny tail down, and put up my tiny mouth,
And sing my tiny life away in one melodious dream.
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Charles Kingsley
To A Proud Beauty ('a Valentine')

Though I have loved you well, I ween,
And you, too, fancied me,
Your heart hath too divided been
A constant heart to be.
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Adam Lindsay Gordon
Valentine By A Telegraph Clerk

The tendrils of my soul are twined
With thine, though many a mile apart.
And thine in close coiled circuits wind
Around the needle of my heart.
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James Clerk Maxwell
A Valentine

Sent to a friend who had complained that I was glad enough to see
him when he came, but didn't seem to miss him if he stayed away.

And cannot pleasures, while they last,
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Lewis Carroll
The Valentine Wreath

Rosy red the hills appear
With the light of morning,
Beauteous clouds, in aether clear,
All the east adorning;
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James Montgomery