Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO MY GOOD MASTER, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY



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TO MY GOOD MASTER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: In fancy, always, at thy desk, thrown
Last Line: My listening heart and all the love of it!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Attics; Books; Poetry & Poets; Reading


IN fancy, always, at thy desk, thrown wide,
Thy most betreasured books ranged neighborly --
The rarest rhymes of every land and sea
And curious tongue -- thine old face glorified, --
Thou haltest thy glib quill, and, laughing-eyed,
Givest hale welcome even unto me,
Profaning thus thine attic's sanctity,
Briefly to visit, yet to still abide
Enthralled there of thy sorcery of wit
And thy songs' most exceeding dear conceits.
O lips, cleft to the ripe core of all sweets,
With poems, like nectar, issuing therefrom,
Thy gentle utterances do overcome
My listening heart and all the love of it!





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