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Emerson, Ralph Waldo    Poet's Biography
534 poems available by this author


A DANGEROUS GIFT & GRACE IS MINE       


A DULL UNCERTAIN BRAIN       


A LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear brother, would you know the life
Last Line: And aim a telescope at the inviolate sun.
Subject(s): Towns


A MOUNTAIN GRAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why fear to die
Last Line: Of nature's child the common fate.
Subject(s): Graves; Marriage; Mourning; Tombs; Tombstones; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Bereavement


A NATION'S STRENGTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Not gold, but only man can make
Last Line: And lift them to the sky.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


A PAIR OF CRYSTAL EYES WILL LEAD ME       


A POET IS AT HOME       


A PUFF OF AIR OR DRY OR DAMP       


A SCORE OF AIRY MILES WILL SMOOTH       


A SHOUT TO THE SHEPHERDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Freshly, gaily, the rivulet flows
Last Line: Good bye.
Subject(s): Shepherds & Shepherdesses


A.H.    Poem Text    
First Line: High was her heart, and yet was well inclined
Last Line: Minstrels, and kings, and high-born dames, and of the best that be.
Subject(s): Hooper, Anne Sturgis


AH STRANGE STRANGE STRANGE       


AH! NOT TO ME THESE DREAMS BELONG       


ALL THAT THY VIRGIN SOUL CAN ASK BE THINE       


ALL THE GREAT & GOOD       


ALL THINGS REHEARSE       


ALPHONSO OF CASTILLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I, alphonso, live and learn
Last Line: Fit to grace the solar year.


ALWAYS DAY & NIGHT       


AN ANCIENT DROP OF FEUDAL BLOOD       


AN ANCIENT LADY WHO DWELT IN ROME       


AND DO I WASTE MY TIME       


AND HE LIKE ME IS NOT TOO PROUD       


AND HUNGRY DEBT BESIEGED MY DOOR       


AND MAN OF WIT & MARK       


AND RIVAL COXCOMBS WITH ENAMORED STARE       


AND THE BEST GIFT OF GOD       


AND THOUGH HE DEARLY PRIZED THE BARDS OF FAME       


AND WHEN I AM ENTOMBED IN MY PLACE       


APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: The april winds are magical
Last Line: The lore we care to know.
Subject(s): April


AROUND THE MAN WHO SEEKS A NOBLE END       


ART    Poem Text    
First Line: Give to barrows, trays and pans
Last Line: Of human sense doth overfill.
Variant Title(s): Make Tomorrow A New Morn!
Subject(s): Justice


ARTIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Quit the hut, frequent the palace
Last Line: Huntsmen find the easiest way.


AS I WALKED IN THE WOOD       


AS THE DROP FEEDS ITS FATED FLOWER       


ASK NOT TREASURES FROM HIS STORE       


ASTRAEA (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Himself it was who wrote / his rank, and quartered his own coat
Last Line: Daily stoops to harbor there.


AT LAST THE POET SPOKE       


AT PLYMOUTH IN THE FRIENDLY CROWD       


AT SEA, SEPTEMBER 1833    Poem Text    
First Line: Oft as I paced the deck
Last Line: Has the star-bearing squadron left leghorn?'
Subject(s): Sea Voyages


ATOM FROM ATOM YAWNS AS FAR       


BACCHUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Bring me wine, but wine which never grew / in the belly of the grape
Last Line: The dancing pleiads and eternal men.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bacchus; Mythology - Classical; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


BARD OR DUNCE IS BLEST, BUT HARD       


BE OF GOOD CHEER, BRAVE SPIRIT; STEADFASTLY       


BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Was never form and never face
Last Line: To die for beauty, than live for bread.
Subject(s): Beauty


BENDED TO FOPS WHO BENT TO HIM       


BERRYING    Poem Text    
First Line: May be true what I had heard
Last Line: No wisdom to our berries went?'
Subject(s): Blackberries


BLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Give me truths; / for I am weary of the surfaces
Last Line: Of the toy's purchase with the length of life.
Subject(s): Truth


BLUEBEARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Bluebeard. Let the gentle wife prepare
Last Line: How to spoil her relish for it.


BORROW URANIA'S SUBTILE WINGS       


BOSTON    Poem Text    
First Line: The rocky nook with hilltops three
Last Line: Or union nevermore again.
Subject(s): Boston Tea Party


BOSTON HYMN; READ IN MUSIC HALL, JANUARY 1, 1863    Poem Text    
First Line: The word of the lord by night
Last Line: His way home to the mark.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Americans; Emancipation Movement & Proclamation; Freedom; Patriotism; Pilgrim Fathers; United States - History; United States; Antislavery Movement - United States; Liberty; America


BOTANIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Go thou to thy learned task
Last Line: What me the hours will bring.
Subject(s): Botany & Botanists


BRAHMA    Poem Text    
First Line: If the red slayer think he slays
Last Line: Find me, and turn thy back on heaven.
Subject(s): Brahma; God; Religion; Theology


BROTHER, NO DECREPITUDE       


BURN YOUR LITERARY VERSES       


BUT AS THIS FUGITIVE SUNLIGHT       


BUT GOD WILL KEEP HIS PROMISE YET       


BUT IF THOU DO THY BEST       


BUT NATURE WHISTLED WITH ALL HER WINDS       


BUT NEVER YET THE MAN WAS FOUND       


BUT O TO SEE HIS SOLAR EYES       


BY ART, BY MUSIC, OVERTHRILLED       


BY KINDS I KEEP MY KINDS IN CHECK       


BY THE UNACKNOWLEDGED TIE       


CARITAS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the suburb, in the town
Last Line: Him an angel whom she leads.
Variant Title(s): Motto To 'new England Reformers'


CASELLA    Poem Text    
First Line: Test of the poet is knowledge of love
Last Line: Who was not tremulous with love-lore.
Subject(s): Love


CHARACTER; EPIGRAM    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun set, but set not his hope
Last Line: As hid all measure of the feat.


CHLADNI STREWED ON GLASS THE SAND       


CIRCLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Nature centres into balls
Last Line: A new genesis were here.
Variant Title(s): Motto To 'circles'


CLIMACTERIC    Poem Text    
First Line: I am not wiser for my age
Last Line: Ah! Could we turn the leaf.


CLOUD UPON CLOUD (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Cloud upon cloud
Last Line: The solitude sing


CLOUD UPON CLOUD (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Cloud upon cloud
Last Line: Virtue is a cockney grown


COIN THE DAYDAWN INTO LINES       


COMFORT WITH A PURRING CAT       


COMPENSATION (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: The wings of time are black and white
Last Line: And, like thy shadow, follow thee.


COMPENSATION (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should I keep holiday
Last Line: And now their hour is come.


COMRADE OF THE SNOW & WIND       


CONCORD HYMN; SUNG AT COMPLETION OF CONCORD MONUMENT, 1836    Poem Text    
First Line: By the rude bridge that arched the flood
Last Line: The shaft we raise to them and thee.
Variant Title(s): The Concord Fight;hymn: Sung At The Completion Of The Concord Mounument
Subject(s): American Revolution; Americans; Concord, Massachusetts; Fourth Of July; Freedom; Massachusetts; Monuments; Mourning; Napoleon I (1769-1821); Patriotism; Soldiers; United States; War; Independence Day; Liberty; Bereavement; America


COSMOS    Poem Text    
First Line: Who saw the hid beginnings
Last Line: On its own first of may.


CULTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Can rules or tutors educate
Last Line: And the world's flowing fates in his own mould recast.


CUPIDO    Poem Text    
First Line: The solid, solid universe
Last Line: The evil and the good.
Subject(s): Cupid; Eros


DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Daughters of time, the hypocritic days
Last Line: Under her solemn fillet saw the scorn.
Subject(s): Day; Time


DEAR ARE THE PLEASANT MEMORIES       


DEAR ELLEN,MANY A GOLDEN YEAR       


DESTINY    Poem Text    
First Line: That you are fair or wise is vain
Last Line: Carries the eagles, and masters the sword.
Variant Title(s): Fate (3)


DIRGE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Knows he who tills this lonely field
Last Line: "the master's requiem."
Variant Title(s): Peter's Field
Subject(s): Concord, Massachusetts


DIVINE INVITERS! I ACCEPT       


DO THAT WHICH YOU CAN DO       


DOST THOU NOT HEAR ME ELLEN       


DUST UNTO DUST! AND SHALL NO MORE BE SAID       


EACH AND [OR, IN] ALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Little thinks, in the field, yon red-cloaked clown
Last Line: I yielded myself to the perfect whole.
Subject(s): Beauty; God; Humanity; Nature


EASY TO MATCH WHAT OTHERS DO       


ELIZABETH HOAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Almost I am tempted to essay
Last Line: Never a poor return on self.
Subject(s): Aunts


ENOUGH IS DONE HIGHMINDED FRIEND GO SLEEP       


EPIGRAM    Poem Text    
First Line: That each should in his house abide
Last Line: Therefore was the world so wide


EPIGRAM    Poem Text    
First Line: And as the light divided the dark
Last Line: With adamantine words.


EPIGRAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Try the might the muse affords
Last Line: Hang roses on the stony fate


EPIGRAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Pale genius roves alone
Last Line: The wheat thou strew'st be souls.


EROS (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: The sense of the world is short
Last Line: Tis not to be improved.
Subject(s): Love


EROS (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: They put their finger on their lip
Last Line: They love but name not love.
Variant Title(s): Silence
Subject(s): Love; Silence


ETIENNE DE LA BOECE    Poem Text    
First Line: I serve you not, if you I follow
Last Line: That were freedom's whitest chart.
Subject(s): Etienne De La Boetie (1530-1563)


EVE ROVED IN PARADISE, I'VE HEARD       


EVER THE ROCK OF AGES MELTS       


EXCELSIOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Over his head were the maple buds
Last Line: That drop from the angel's shoon.


EXPERIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The lords of life, the lords of life
Last Line: "the founder thou; these are thy race!"


FABLE: THE MOUNTAIN AND THE SQUIRREL    Poem Text    
First Line: The mountain and the squirrel / had a quarrel
Last Line: Neither can you crack a nut.'
Subject(s): Mountains; Religion; Squirrels; Hills; Downs (Great Britain); Theology


FAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah fate, cannot a man
Last Line: And die to fame an honored martyr.
Subject(s): Fame; Reputation


FAR SEEN THE RIVER GLIDES BELOW       


FATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Deep in the man sits fast his fate
Last Line: Is the same genius that creates.
Subject(s): Fate; Destiny


FEW ARE FREE       


FINE PRESENTIMENTS CONTROLLED HIM       


FLOWER CHORUS    Poem Text    
First Line: O such a commotion under the ground
Last Line: Yes, millions beginning to grow.
Subject(s): Flowers; March (Month); Nature


FOR DEATHLESS POWERS TO VERSE BELONG       


FOR EVERY GOD       


FOR GENIUS MADE HIS CABIN WIDE       


FOR JOY & BEAUTY PLANTED IT       


FOR LUCIFER, THAT OLD ATHLETE       


FOR LYRA YET SHALL BE THE POLE       


FOR NATURE TRUE & LIKE IN EVERY PLACE       


FOR THAT A MAN IS A MARK       


FOR WHAT NEED I OF BOOK OR PRIEST       


FORBEARANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hast thou named all the birds without a gun?
Last Line: O, be my friend, and teach me to be thine!


FORBORE THE ANT HILL, SHUNNED TO TREAD       


FORERUNNERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Long I followed happy guides, / I could never reach their sides
Last Line: Peace that hallows rudest ways.
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Heritage; Heredity


FORESTER    Poem Text    
First Line: He took the color of his vest
Last Line: So walks the woodman, unespied.
Subject(s): Lumber & Lumbering; Woodsmen


FRAGMENTS ON THE POET AND THE POETIC GIFT    Poem Text    
First Line: There are beggars in iran and araby
Last Line: Fenced by form and ceremony.


FRAGMENTS ON THE POET AND THE POETIC GIFT    Poem Text    
First Line: The gods walk in the breath of the woods
Last Line: Whom kings & lords obey.


FREEDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I wished I might rehearse / freedom's paean in my verse
Last Line: Right thou feelest, rush to do.'
Subject(s): Freedom; Science; Liberty; Scientists


FRIENDS TO ME ARE FROZEN WINE       


FRIENDSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: A ruddy drop of manly blood
Last Line: Are through thy friendship fair.
Subject(s): Friendship


FROM A FAR MOUNTAIN CREEPING DOWN       


FROM FRODMER'S DRAMA 'THE FRIENDS'    Poem Text    
First Line: Malcolm, I love thee more than women love
Last Line: Of ancient memories


FROM HIGH TO HIGHER FORCES       


FROM NATURE'S BEGINNING       


FROM THE STORES OF ELDEST MATTER       


GARDENER    Poem Text    
First Line: True bramin, in the morning meadows wet
Last Line: See the plum redden, and the beurre stoop.
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


GENTLE SPRING HAS CHARMED THE EARTH       


GIVE ALL TO LOVE    Poem Text    


GIVE ALL TO LOVE       


GO IF THOU WILT AMBROSIAL FLOWER       


GO INTO THE GARDEN       


GO OUT INTO NATURE AND PLANT TREES       


GOD ONLY KNEW HOW SAADI DINED       


GOD THE LORD SAVE MASSACHUSETTS       


GOD'S ALTAR    Poem Text    
First Line: There is in all the sons of men
Last Line: Thyself dost give forevermore
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


GOOD CHARLES THE SPRINGS ADORER       


GOOD HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: The cup of life is not so shallow
Last Line: Than angelo released.
Subject(s): Hope; Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564); Optimism


GOOD-BYE    Poem Text    
First Line: Good-bye, proud world! I'm going home
Last Line: When man in the bush with god may meet?
Variant Title(s): Goodbye
Subject(s): God; Home; Religion; Solitude; Theology; Loneliness


GRACE    Poem Text    
First Line: How much, preventing god! How much I owe
Last Line: Had not these me against myself defended.
Subject(s): Holidays; Thanksgiving


GUY    Poem Text    
First Line: Mortal mixed of middle clay
Last Line: And venture, and to guy the oil.


HAFIZ    Poem Text    
First Line: Her passions the shy violet
Last Line: The bird to him confides.
Subject(s): Hafez (1326-1390); Hafiz (1326-139)


HAMATREYA    Poem Text    
First Line: Minott, lee, willard, hosmer, meriam, flint / possessed the land
Last Line: Like lust in the chill of the grave.
Subject(s): Earth; Nature; World


HAMATREYA [DIFFERENT VERSION]    Poem Text    
First Line: Minott, lee, willard, hosmer, meriam, flint / possessed the land which rendered
Last Line: Like lust in the chill of the grave.


HARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Hard is it to persuade the public mind of its plain duty & true interest
Last Line: Hang back behind the charitable will.
Subject(s): Truth


HE WHOM GOD HAD THUS PREFERRED       


HE COULD CONDENSE CERULEAN ETHER       


HE LIVES NOT WHO CAN REFUSE ME       


HE LOVED TO WATCH & WAKE       


HE MUST HAVE       


HE WALKED THE STREETS OF GREAT NEW YORK       


HEARST THOU, SWEET SPIRIT, THOU HAST HEARD BEFORE       


HEARTILY HEARTILY       


HEARTILY HEARTILY SING       


HERI, CRAS, HODIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Shines the last age, the next with hope is seen
Last Line: O friendless present! Than thy bosom holds.


HERMIONE    Poem Text    
First Line: On a mound an arab lay
Last Line: "come to us herself to meet.""'"


HEROISM    Poem Text    
First Line: Ruby wine is drunk by knaves
Last Line: And head-winds right for royal sails.
Variant Title(s): The Hero
Subject(s): Heroism; Heroes; Heroines


HIS INSTANT THOUGHT THE POET SPOKE       


HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no great and no small / to the soul that maketh all
Last Line: And it cometh everywhere.
Variant Title(s): The Informing Spirit;no Great Nor Small;mottoes To 'history'


HISTORY & PROPHECY ARE ALIKE       


HOLD OF THE MAKER, NOT THE MADE       


HOLIDAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: From fall to spring, the russet acorn
Last Line: Tis the turning of the tide.


HONOR BRIGHT O MUSE       


HOROSCOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ere he was born, the stars of fate
Last Line: The gate of gifts behind him closed.


HOW DREARILY IN COLLEGE HALL       


HUSH!    Poem Text    
First Line: Every thought is public
Last Line: And the gods from side to side.


HYMN: 13, WRITTEN IN CONCORD SEPT. 1814    Poem Text    
First Line: Come heavenly muse my voice inspire
Last Line: To save mankind from death and shame.


I AM ALONE. SAD IS MY SOLITUDE       


I AM AN EXILE FROM MY HOME; HEAVILY       


I AM NOT BLACK IN MY MIND       


I AM OWNER OF THE SPHERE       


I CALL HER BEAUTIFUL; -- SHE SAYS       


I CANNOT FIND A PLACE SO LONELY       


I CARE NOT WHITHER I MAY GO       


I GRIEVE THAT BETTER SOULS THAN MINE       


I HAVE AN ARROW THAT CAN FIND ITS MARK       


I HAVE FOUND A NOBLER LOVE       


I HAVE NO BROTHERS AND NO PEERS       


I HAVE SUPPED WITH THE GODS TONIGHT       


I KNOW THE APPOINTED HOUR       


I LEAVE THE BOOK, I LEAVE THE WINE       


I LIVE AMONG IDEAL MEN       


I MUST NOT BORROW LIGHT       


I NEVER KNEW BUT ONE       


I SAT UPON THE GROUND       


I SPREAD MY GORGEOUS SAIL       


I TO MY GARDEN WENT       


I USE THE KNIFE       


I WEAR NO BADGE; NO TINSEL STAR       


I WILL NOT HESITATE TO SPEAK THE WORD       


I WILL NOT LIVE OUT OF ME       


I'VE FOUND THE DAINTY MALICE OUT       


IDEALISM    Poem Text    
First Line: Deep in the soul a strong delusion dwells
Last Line: Joy in the guileless heart his welcome will prepare
Subject(s): Idealism


IF BRIGHT THE SUN, HE TARRIES       


IF CURSES BE THE WAGE OF LOVE       


IF HE GO APART       


IF THY BODY PINE       


IF WISHES WOULD CARRY ME OVER THE LAND       


ILLUSIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Flow, flow the waves hated
Last Line: And to endurance.
Variant Title(s): Motto To 'illusions'
Subject(s): Science; Scientists


ILLUSIONS LIKE THE TINTS OF PEARL       


IN DREAMY WOODS, WHAT FORMS ABOUND       


IN MEMORIAM; E.B.E.    Poem Text    
First Line: I mourn upon this battle-field
Last Line: Root in the blood of heroes old.
Subject(s): Emerson, Edward Bliss (1805-1834)


IN THIS SOUR WORLD, O SUMMERWIND       


INITIAL, DAEMONIC, AND CELESTIAL LOVE: 1. THE INITIAL LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Venus, when her son was lost
Last Line: Yet melted would be twain.


INITIAL, DAEMONIC, AND CELESTIAL LOVE: 2. DAEMONIC AND CELESTIAL LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Man was made of social earth
Last Line: And the parent of remorse.


INITIAL, DAEMONIC, AND CELESTIAL LOVE: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Higher far
Last Line: He serves all who dares be true.


INSCRIPTION FOR A WELL IN MEMORY OF THE MARTYRS OF THE WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Fall, stream, from heaven to bless; return as well
Last Line: So did our sons; heaven met them as they fell.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fountains; Martyrs; United States - History


INSPIRED WE MUST FORGET OUR BOOKS       


INTELLECT    Poem Text    
First Line: Rule which by obeying grows
Last Line: Makes him to his own blood strange
Subject(s): Knowledge


INTELLECT    Poem Text    
First Line: Intellect / gravely broods apart on joy
Subject(s): Knowledge


INTELLECT; EPIGRAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Go, speed the stars of thought
Last Line: The wheat thou strew'st be souls.
Variant Title(s): Motto To 'intellect'


IS JOVE IMMORTAL       


IS THE PACE OF NATURE SLOW?       


IT TAKES PHILOSOPHER OR FOOL       


JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: As I left my door
Last Line: And parry & deal the thunderstroke.
Subject(s): Diplomacy & Diplomats; Lowell, James Russell (1819-1891); Poetry & Poets


KIND & HOLY WERE THE WORDS       


KING    Poem Text    
First Line: If farmers make my land secure
Last Line: Once in a year their company


KNOW THYSELF'       
First Line: If thou canst bear


LEAVE ME FEAR! THY THROBS ARE BASE       


LET NOT CONCEITED SAGES LAUGH ALOUD       


LETTERS (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Every day brings a ship
Last Line: Is the word they wish to hear.
Subject(s): Absence; Letters; Separation; Isolation


LETTERS (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: My tongue is prone to lose the way
Last Line: But surely put them better.
Subject(s): Letters


LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: A train of gay and clouded days
Last Line: Escort us to a little grave.
Subject(s): Life


LIFE IS GREAT       


LIKE VAULTERS IN THE CIRCUS ROUND       


LIMITS    Poem Text    
First Line: Who knows this or that
Last Line: Is cruelty to thy cruelty.
Subject(s): Rats


LINES ON THE DEATH OF MISS M.B. FARNHAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Come heavenly muse a suppliant asks thine aid
Last Line: And bid thee leave the mansions of the dead.


LINES TO ELLEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me maiden dost thou use
Last Line: Or made what other purlieus proud?


LOOK DANGER IN THE EYE IT VANISHES       


LOSS AND GAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Virtue runs before the muse
Last Line: And better his desire.
Subject(s): Virtue


LOVE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Love on his errand bound to go
Last Line: And eat through alps its home to find.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


LOVE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Love / asks nought his brother cannot give
Last Line: Himself & his love intervene.
Subject(s): Love


LOVE AND THOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Two well-assorted travellers use
Last Line: The pilgrims have each other lost.


LOVER'S PETITION    Poem Text    
First Line: Good heart, that ownest all!
Last Line: The world were better left alone.


MAIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Illusion works impenetrable
Last Line: By man who thirsts to be deceived.
Subject(s): Hallucinations & Illusions; Reality


MAIDEN SPEECH OF THE AEOLIAN HARP    Poem Text    
First Line: Soft and softlier hold me, friends
Last Line: And charm the anguish of the worst.
Subject(s): Harps; Musical Instruments; Lyres


MANNERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Grace, beauty and caprice
Last Line: Slips behind a tomb.


MASK THY WISDOM WITH DELIGHT       


MAY    Poem Text    
First Line: When all their blooms the meadows flaunt
Last Line: On its own first of may.
Subject(s): May (Month)


MAY-DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Daughter of heaven and earth, coy spring
Last Line: Through earth to ripen, through heaven endure.
Subject(s): Animals; Spring


MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Night-dreams trace on memory's wall
Last Line: The bias of the will betray.
Subject(s): Memory


MERLIN'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Of merlin wise I learned a song
Last Line: And take their youth again.


MERLIN: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Thy trivial harp will never please
Last Line: What they conceal.


MERLIN: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: The rhyme of the poet
Last Line: Fold us music-drunken in.


MEROPS    Poem Text    
First Line: What care I, so they stand the same
Last Line: One word, no more, to say.


MITHRIDATES    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot spare water or wine
Last Line: But sun me in the capitol.
Subject(s): Mithridates Vi Eupator (D. 63 B.c.); Mithrodates The Great


MONADNOC    Poem Text    
First Line: Thousand minstrels woke within me
Last Line: "and forget me if he can."
Subject(s): Monadnock (Mountain), New Hampshire


MONADNOCK FROM AFAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Dark flower of cheshire garden
Last Line: To draw all fancies to this spot.
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Monadnock (Mountain), New Hampshire


MORE SWEET THAN MY REFRAIN       


MOTTO TO 'CONSIDERATIONS BY THE WAY'    Poem Text    
First Line: Hear what british merlin sung
Last Line: But for a friend is life too short.
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


MOTTO TO 'FATE'    Poem Text    
First Line: Delicate omens traced in air
Last Line: Is the same genius that creates.
Subject(s): Fate; Destiny


MOTTO TO 'GIFTS'    Poem Text    
First Line: Gifts of one who loved me
Last Line: Time they stopped for shame.
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving; Love - Complaints


MOTTO TO 'NATURE'    Poem Text    
First Line: The rounded world is fair to see, / nine times folded in mystery
Last Line: And hints the future which it owes.
Subject(s): Nature


MOTTO TO 'THE POET'    Poem Text    
First Line: A moody child and wildly wise
Last Line: Saw musical order, and pairing rhymes.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me go where'er I will, / I hear a sky-born music still
Last Line: There alway, alway something sings.
Variant Title(s): Something Sings;there Alway, Alway Something Sings;the Sky-born Music
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Religion; Theology


MUSKETAQUID    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I was content with these poor fields
Last Line: "yet envies none, none are unenviable."
Subject(s): Concord, Massachusetts


MY DAYS ROLL BY ME LIKE A TRAIN OF DREAMS       


MY GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: If I could put my woods in song
Last Line: He will spell in the sculpture, 'stay!'
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


MY THOUGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Many are the thoughts that come to me
Last Line: To their home elysian.
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


NANTASKET    Poem Text    
First Line: Lobster-car, boat, or fishbasket
Last Line: Thee the fair haunts from whence they came!
Subject(s): Nantasket, Massachusetts


NATURE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: A subtle chain of countless rings
Last Line: Mounts through all the spires of form.
Variant Title(s): Motto To 'nature'
Subject(s): Nature


NATURE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: The patient pan
Last Line: High as fly falcons, fancy builds
Subject(s): Nature


NATURE (3)    Poem Text    
First Line: Day by day for her darlings to her much she added more
Last Line: A door to something grander, -- loftier walls, & vaster floor.
Variant Title(s): Science
Subject(s): Nature


NATURE IN LEASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: As sings the pine-tree in the wind
Last Line: Shed in each drop of wine.
Subject(s): Nature


NATURE SAITH       


NATURE SAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Nature says, / these craggy hills that front the dawn
Last Line: Charged with my genius forth
Subject(s): Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


NATURE WILL NOT LOSE       


NATURE: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Winters know / easily to shed the snow
Last Line: And feats achieve before they're named.
Subject(s): Nature


NATURE: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: She is gamesome and good, / but of mutuable mood
Last Line: The master-stroke is still her part.
Subject(s): Nature


NATURES WEB STAR BROIDERED       


NEMESIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Already blushes in thy cheek
Last Line: Tighter wind the giant coils.


NEW ENGLAND CAPITALIST    Poem Text    
First Line: What are his machines
Last Line: Now let him make a harp!
Subject(s): Capitalism; New England


NIGHT IN JUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: I left my dreamy page and sallied forth
Last Line: In fairy groves of herds grass
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


NO FATE, SAVE BY THE VICTIM'S FAULT, IS LOW       


NO SONG SO TUNEFUL, QUOTH THE FOX       


NONE SPARES ANOTHER YET IT PLEASES ME       


NORTHMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The gale that wrecked you on the sand
Last Line: And drives me where I go.
Subject(s): Wind


O BOSTON CITY LECTURE-HEARING       


O SUN! TAKE OFF THY HOOD OF CLOUDS       


O WHAT HAVE I TO DO       


O WHAT IS HEAVEN BUT THE FELLOWSHIP       


OCTOBER    Poem Text    
First Line: October woods, wherein
Last Line: Beyond the best conceit of pomp or power
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


ODE INSCRIBED TO W.H. CHANNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Though loath to grieve / the evil time's sole patriot
Last Line: The astonished muse finds thousands at her side.
Subject(s): Channing, William Henry (1810-1884); Napoleon I (1769-1821); Social Protest


ODE SUNG IN THE TOWN HALL, CONCORD, JULY 4, 1857    Poem Text    
First Line: O tenderly the haughty day
Last Line: Ere freedom out of man.
Subject(s): Fourth Of July; Freedom; Patriotism; Independence Day; Liberty


ODE TO BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Who gave thee, o beauty
Last Line: Unmake me quite, or give thyself to me!
Subject(s): Beauty


OIL & WINE       


OLD AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The brook sings on the selfsame strain
Last Line: But finds no echo in my brain
Subject(s): Old Age


ON A RAISIN STONE       


ON BRAVELY THROUGH THE SUNSHINE & THE SHOWERS       


ON THAT NIGHT THE POET WENT       


ON THE CHAMBER, ON THE STAIRS       


ON THE DEATH OF MR. JOHN HASKINS    Poem Text    
First Line: See the calm exit of the aged saint
Last Line: A golden harp his hands immortal hold.


ON THEE HAS GOD CONFERRED       


ONCE THE PRIEST       


ONE HAND WASHES THE OTHER       


ONE NIGHT HE DREAMED OF A PALACE FAIR       


ORATOR    Poem Text    
First Line: He who has no hands
Last Line: Because they are not strong.


ORIGINAL - 'APROPOS'    Poem Text    
First Line: Night slowly stretches o'er the changing skies
Last Line: Nought through the mist could mortal sight descry.


PAINTING AND SCULPTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sinful painter drapes his goddess warm
Last Line: Beauty, which limbs and flesh enough invest.
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Sculpture & Sculptors


PAN    Poem Text    
First Line: O what are heroes, prophets, men
Last Line: Races & planets its enchanted foam.
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Pan (Mythology)


PAPAS BLONDINE       


PARKS AND PONDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Parks & ponds are good by day
Last Line: The sleeps of trees or dreams of herbs
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


PEDANTS ALL       


PERHAPS THY LOT IN LIFE IS HIGHER       


PERICLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Well and wisely said the greek
Last Line: The furies wait beyond.
Subject(s): Pericles (490-429 B.c.)


PETER'S FIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: Knows he who tills this lonely field
Last Line: As a man unto his friend.
Subject(s): Fields; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


PHILOSOPHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Philosophers are lined with eyes within
Last Line: Scarce freed from her embraces
Subject(s): Philosophy & Philosophers


POEM ON ELOQUENCE BY R.W. EMERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: When oer the world the son of genius rose
Last Line: And stript of laurels quit the long-fought field
Subject(s): Eloquence


POEM, SPOKEN BEFORE THE PHI BETA KAPPA SOCIETY, AUGUST, 1934    Poem Text    
First Line: Is not this house a harp whose living chords
Last Line: Shall greet with joy sublime the angel death.
Subject(s): United States; America


POET    Poem Text    
First Line: To clothe the fiery thought
Last Line: To mask a king in weeds.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


POET    Poem Text    
First Line: Ever the poet from the land
Last Line: New worlds to find in pinnace frail.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


POET OF POETS       


POETS ARE COLORPOTS       


POLITICS    Poem Text    
First Line: Gold and iron are good
Last Line: The republican at home.
Subject(s): Politics & Government


POUR THE WINE! POUR THE WINE!       


POWER    Poem Text    
First Line: His tongue was framed to music
Last Line: And his heart the throne of will.
Variant Title(s): Motto To 'power'


PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: When success exalts thy lot
Last Line: Are registered & answered still.
Subject(s): Prayer


PROMISE    Poem Text    
First Line: In countless upward-striving waves
Last Line: Fills for his proper sake.
Variant Title(s): Nominalist And Realist;motto To 'nominalist And Realist'


PROTEUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Poet bred in saadi's school
Last Line: Of dust of abasement.


PRUDENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Theme no poet gladly sung
Last Line: Thanks the atoms that cohere.
Variant Title(s): Motto To 'prudence'
Subject(s): Prudence; Caution


PUT IN, DRIVE HOME THE SIGHTLESS WEDGES       


QUATRAIN: FATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Her planted eye to-day controls
Last Line: That curse her when they come.
Subject(s): Fate; Destiny


QUATRAIN: NATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Boon nature yields each day a brag which we now first behold
Last Line: Too busied with the crowded hour to fear to live or die.
Subject(s): Nature


QUATRAIN: SELF-RELIANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Cast the bantling on the rocks
Last Line: Power and speed be hands and feet.
Variant Title(s): Power
Subject(s): Self-reliance


QUOTH SAADI, WHEN I STOOD BEFORE       


REX    Poem Text    
First Line: The bard & mystic held me for their own
Last Line: The honor done to me as done to them.


RICHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Have ye seen the caterpillar
Last Line: He laugheth at his foes.
Subject(s): Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


ROOMY ETERNITY       


RUBIES    Poem Text    
First Line: They brought me rubies from the mine
Last Line: When shall that sun arise?


S.H.    Poem Text    
First Line: With beams december planets dart
Last Line: October in his liberal hand.
Subject(s): Hoar, Samuel (1778-1856)


S.R.    Poem Text    
First Line: Demure apothecary
Last Line: Fill with new hopes, & shake with grand desire?
Subject(s): Philosophy & Philosophers; Reed, Sampson (1800-1880)


SAADI    Poem Text    
First Line: Trees in groves
Last Line: Plied for thee thy household tasks.'
Subject(s): Sadi (1213-1292); Saadi


SAADI HELD THE MUSE IN AWE       


SAADI LOVED THE NEW & OLD       


SACRIFICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Though love repine, and reason chafe
Last Line: When for the truth he ought to die.'
Variant Title(s): The Safest Way
Subject(s): Courage; Religion; Valor; Bravery; Theology


SAMSON STARK AT DAGON'S KNEE       


SCHOLAR IS A BALL THATS SPENT       


SEASHORE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard or seemed to hear the chiding sea
Last Line: To distant men, who must go there, or die.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


SEASHORE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Here chimes no clock, no pedant calendar
Last Line: And give my guest eternal afternoon.
Subject(s): Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


SECURITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Though her eye seek other forms
Last Line: And learn of love a new degree
Subject(s): Courtship


SEE HOW ROMANCE ADHERES       


SEE YONDER LEAFLESS TREES AGAINST THE SKY       


SEEMED TO ME -- NEVER MAID       


SEEMED, THO' THE SOFT SHEEN ALL ENCHANTS       


SEPTEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the turbulent beauty
Last Line: To a man and to a maid.
Variant Title(s): South Wind


SEYD PLANTED WHERE THE DELUGE PLOUGHED       


SHAKESPEARE    Poem Text    
First Line: I see all human wits
Last Line: Lone as the blessed jew.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Dramatists


SHALL THE MUSE SING FOR THOUSANDS & NOT SING       


SHE HAD WEALTH OF MORNINGS IN HER YEAR       


SHE NEVER COMES TO ME       


SHE PAINTS WITH WHITE & RED THE MOORS       


SHE WALKED IN FLOWERS AROUND MY FIELD       


SHUN PASSION, FOLD THE HANDS OF THRIFT       


SINCE THE DEVIL HOPPING ON       


SOFTENS THE AIR SO COLD & RUDE       


SOLAR INSECT ON THE WING       


SOLUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the muse who sung alway
Last Line: And verses that all verse outlive.


SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Shout for those whose course is done
Last Line: O'er columbia
Subject(s): Fourth Of July; Patriotism; Independence Day


SONG OF NATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mine are the night and morning
Last Line: Gives back the bending heavens in dew.
Subject(s): Nature


SONG OF TALIESIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Vain bards! I can discover all
Last Line: All gates unbar, all bonds unbind.
Subject(s): Taliesin


SPICES IN THE PLANTS THAT RUN       


SPIRITUAL LAWS    Poem Text    
First Line: The living heaven thy prayers respect
Last Line: The silver seat of innocence.


ST. AUGUSTINE    Poem Text    
First Line: For fifteen winter days
Last Line: Of a good name, & pleasant memory!
Subject(s): Augustine, Saint (354-430); Saints; Augustine Of Hippo


STAR SEER COPERNICUS       


STOUT SPARTA SHRINED THE GOD OF LAUGHTER       


SUCH ANOTHER PEERLESS QUEEN       


SURSUM CORDA    Poem Text    
First Line: Seek not the spirit, if it hide
Last Line: For only it can absolutely deal.


SUUM CUIQUE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Wilt thou seal up the avenues of ill?
Last Line: Pay every debt, as if god wrote the bill.


SUUM CUIQUE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: The rain has spoiled the farmer's day
Last Line: In rain, or sun, or frost.
Subject(s): Rain


TACT    Poem Text    
First Line: What boots it, thy virtue
Last Line: It ends with to-day.


TEACH ME I AM FORGOTTEN BY THE DEAD       


TEACH ME YOUR MOOD, O PATIENT STARS!       


TELL MEN WHAT THEY KNEW BEFORE       


TERMINUS (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: It is time to be old
Last Line: "and every wave is charmed."
Subject(s): Aging; Death; Dead, The


TERMINUS (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: For thought & not praise
Last Line: Into substance into law


THANK THE GODS THY GOVERNORS       


THANKS TO THOSE WHO GO & COME       


THAT WANDERING FIRE TO ME APPEARS       


THE ADIRONDACS; A JOURNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: We crossed champlain to keeseville with our friends
Last Line: As if one riddle of the sphinx were guessed.
Subject(s): Adirondack Mountains, New York; Friendship; Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE AMULET    Poem Text    
First Line: Your picture smiles as first it smiled
Last Line: Died in its last expression.
Subject(s): Love


THE APOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Think me not unkind and rude
Last Line: Which I gather in a song.


THE ARCHANGEL HOPE       


THE ASMODAEAN FEAT BE MINE       


THE ATOM DISPLACES ALL ATOMS BESIDE       


THE BELL    Poem Text    
First Line: I love thy music, mellow bell
Last Line: That sweeps my native shore.
Subject(s): Bells


THE BEST OF LIFE IS PRESENCE OF A MUSE       


THE BIRD WAS GONE -- THE GHASTLY TREES       


THE BLACKBIRD'S SONG THE BLACKBIRD'S SONG       


THE BOHEMIAN HYMN    Poem Text    
First Line: In many forms we try / to utter god's infinity
Last Line: Nor hymn, nor prayer, nor church.
Subject(s): God


THE BRAVE EMPEDOCLES DEFYING FOOLS       


THE CHARTIST'S COMPLAINT    Poem Text    
First Line: Day! Hast thou two faces
Last Line: Back, back to chaos, harlot day!


THE CHICKADEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Piped a tiny voice hard by
Last Line: "when january brings new faces!"
Subject(s): Chickadees


THE CIVIL WORLD WILL MUCH FORGIVE       


THE COIL OF SPACE THE CONES OF LIGHT       


THE COMRADE OR THE BOOK IS GOOD       


THE CORAL WORM BENEATH THE SEA       


THE COSMIC EGG    Poem Text    
First Line: Upon a rock, yet uncreate
Last Line: But the alligator was potentator.
Subject(s): Ingenuity


THE CROWNING HOUR WHEN BODIES VIE WITH SOULS       


THE DAY'S RATION    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was born
Last Line: The nearest matters for a thousand days?


THE DAYS PASS OVER ME       


THE DERVISH WHINED TO SAID       


THE DISCONTENT POET; A MASQUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lonely he sat, the men were strange
Last Line: By the waters of life to seraphs heeding.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Our eyeless bark sails free
Last Line: Strikes never moon or star.
Subject(s): Earth; World


THE ENCHANTER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the deep heart of man a poet dwells
Last Line: And gives persuasion to a gentle deed.


THE FUTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: How many big events to shake the earth
Last Line: Lie packed in silence waiting for their birth.
Subject(s): Future


THE GENIAL SPARK THE POET FELT       


THE HARP    Poem Text    
First Line: One musician is sure
Last Line: Wherein was dropped the mortal spoil.
Subject(s): Harps; Musical Instruments; Lyres


THE HEAVY BLUE CHAIN       


THE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no architect
Last Line: Outlive the newest stars.
Subject(s): Houses


THE HOUSE OF GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: We love the venerable house
Last Line: Thou heart that lovest all.
Variant Title(s): Hymn Sung At The Second Church, Boston ... Ordination Of Rev. Chandler Robbins
Subject(s): Clergy; Religion; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops; Theology


THE HUMBLE-BEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Burly, dozing humble-bee, / where thou art is clime for me
Last Line: Thy sleep makes ridiculous.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE HUSBAND HAS THE NEAREST ACRES       


THE LAND WAS ALL ELECTRIC       


THE LOW DECEMBER VAULT IN JUNE BE UP-LIFTED HIGH       


THE MIRACLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have trod this path a hundred times
Last Line: Nay, heaven be witness, -- gave the names.
Subject(s): Animals


THE MUSE       


THE NUN'S ASPIRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The yesterday doth never smile
Last Line: How lame the other limped away.
Subject(s): Nuns


THE PANOPLY OF PARADISE IS MINE       


THE PARK    Poem Text    
First Line: The prosperous and beautiful
Last Line: Leads all souls to the good.
Subject(s): Parks


THE PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: The debt is paid
Last Line: Alter or mend eternal fact.
Subject(s): Past


THE PILGRIMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Behold I make partition
Last Line: As they had been of yore.
Subject(s): Pilgrim Fathers


THE PROBLEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I like a church; I like a cowl; / I like a prophet of the soul
Last Line: I would not the good bishop be.
Subject(s): Clergy; Soul; Taylor, Jeremy (1613-1667); Worship; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops


THE RHODORA: ON BEING ASKED, WHENCE IS THE FLOWER?    Poem Text    
First Line: In may, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes
Last Line: The self-same power that brought me there brought you.
Subject(s): Beauty; Flowers; Religion; Rhodora; Theology


THE RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Awed I behold once more
Last Line: And soon may give my dust their funeral shade.
Subject(s): Children; Growth; Nature; Rivers; Trees; Childhood


THE ROMANY GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun goes down, and with him takes
Last Line: But without glass we fathom you.
Subject(s): Gypsies; Gipsies


THE RULES TO MEN MADE EVIDENT       


THE SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: Behold the sea
Last Line: Men to all shores that front the hoary main.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


THE SEA REFLECTS THE ROSY SKY       


THE SIMPLE PEOPLE EACH WITH BASKET OR TOOL       


THE SKEPTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Madness, madness
Last Line: Who terrifieth is afraid


THE SNOW-STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Announced by all the trumpets 0f the sky, / arrives the snow
Last Line: The frolic architecture of the snow.
Variant Title(s): The Snowstorm
Subject(s): Nature; Snow; Storms; Wind


THE SPARROW IS RICH IN HER NEST       


THE SPHINX    Poem Text    
First Line: The sphinx is drowsy, / her wings are furled
Last Line: "is master of all I am."
Subject(s): Egypt; Sphinx


THE SPIRITS OF THE WISE, SIT ON THE CLOUDS       


THE SUN ATHWART THE CLOUD THOUGHT IT NO SIN       


THE SUN IS THE SOLE INCONSUMABLE FIRE       


THE TEST    Poem Text    
First Line: I hung my verses in the wind
Last Line: Which five hundred did survive?
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE THREE DIMENSIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Room for the spheres!' -- then first they shined
Last Line: And found it in variety.


THE TITMOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: You shall not be overbold
Last Line: Paean! Veni, vidi, vici.
Subject(s): Birds; Chickadees


THE VISIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Askest, 'how long thou shalt stay'
Last Line: Hatred's swift repulsions play.


THE WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: A queen rejoices in her peers
Last Line: Will find with glass in ten times ten.
Subject(s): Nature


THE WATERFALL    Poem Text    
First Line: A patch of meadow & upland
Last Line: At the tread of the jubilant soul.
Subject(s): Waterfalls


THE WINDS ARE COLD, THE DAYS ARE DARK       


THE WORLD-SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: Thanks to the morning light
Last Line: The warm rosebuds below.
Subject(s): Civilization


THERE IS NO EVIL BUT CAN SPEAK       


THERMOMETER    Poem Text    
First Line: Mine to watch the sun at work
Last Line: At the mean point of 54
Subject(s): Thermometers


THESE TREES LIKE THO'TS THAT TO VISIONS CONGEAL       


THEY ENJOY A TEARLESS AGE'       
First Line: A new commandment,' said the smiling muse


THINE EYES STILL SHINED FOR ME, THOUGH FAR       


THINGS OFT MISCALLING, AS THE HEN       


THINK NOT THE GODS RECEIVE THY PRAYER       


THIS SHINING HOUR IS AN EDIFICE       


THIS WORLD IS TEDIOUS       


THOU SHALT MAKE THY HOUSE       


THRENODY    Poem Text    
First Line: The south-wind brings / life, sunshine, and desire
Last Line: "lost in god, in godhead found."
Subject(s): Death - Children; Death - Babies


TO ELLEN    Poem Text    
First Line: And ellen, when the greybeard years
Last Line: And all but deathless reason gone


TO ELLEN, AT THE SOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The green grass is bowing
Last Line: Sings a tune that's worth the knowing.'
Variant Title(s): The Wind In The Grass


TO EVA    Poem Text    
First Line: O fair and stately maid, whose eyes
Last Line: With fire that draws while it repels.


TO EVERY CREATURE       


TO J. W.    Poem Text    
First Line: Set not thy foot on graves
Last Line: God speed the mark!
Subject(s): Weiss, John (1818-1879)


TO RHEA    Poem Text    
First Line: Thee, dear friend, a brother soothes
Last Line: Is freed forever from his thrall.


TO THE CLOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Hail requiem of departed time
Last Line: The shuttles quiver as the loom's beams are shaken
Subject(s): Clocks; Time


TO THE MIZEN, THE MAIN, & THE FORE       


TO TRANSMUTE CRIME TO WISDOM, & TO STEM       


TODAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I rake no coffined clay, nor publish wide
Last Line: The fault that boys & nations soonest mend.


TOO LATE THE ANXIOUS FIRE CAME       


TRAITORS THO' PLUMED & STEEL EQUIPPED       


TRIMOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The land that has no song
Last Line: Thou darling town of ours!
Subject(s): Boston


TURTLE IN SWAMP       


TWO RIVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Thy summer voice, musketaquit, / repeats the music of the rain
Last Line: And ages drop in it like rain.
Subject(s): Concord River, Massachusetts; Rivers


UNA    Poem Text    
First Line: Roving, roving, as it seems
Last Line: He is hidden and unknown.


UNITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Space is ample, east and west
Last Line: That works its will on age and hour.


URIEL    Poem Text    
First Line: It fell in the ancient periods
Last Line: And the gods shook, they knew not why.
Subject(s): Uriel


USE WILL IN MAN NEW GRACE REVEAL       


VAIN AGAINST HIM WERE HOSTILE BLOWS       


VALEDICTORY POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Gambol and song and jubilee are done
Last Line: And may god speed our perilous career!
Subject(s): Commencement; Harvard University; Graduation


VAN BUREN    Poem Text    
First Line: The towers that generations did combine
Last Line: To build & grace, a rat may undermine.


VOLUNTARIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Low and mournful be the strain
Last Line: All are ghosts beside.
Subject(s): Freedom; Religion; Liberty; Theology


WALDEINSAMKEIT    Poem Text    
First Line: I do not count the hours I spend
Last Line: Crowns all thy mean affairs.
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


WALDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: In my garden three ways meet
Last Line: To draw the dregs of wine.
Variant Title(s): In My Garden
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Walden Pond, Massachusetts


WALDEN WOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: In walden wood the chickadee
Last Line: Then drink in walden water.
Subject(s): Walden Pond, Massachusetts


WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: The water understands
Last Line: Elegantly destroy.
Subject(s): Water


WAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: All day the waves assailed the rock
Last Line: And breaks the glass of time.
Subject(s): Time; Waves


WE SAUNTERED AMIDST MIRACLES       


WE THANK THEE    Poem Text    
First Line: For flowers that bloom about our feet
Last Line: Father in heaven, we thank thee.
Variant Title(s): Spring Prayer;thanksgiving
Subject(s): Holidays; Thanksgiving Day


WEALTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Who shall tell what did befall
Last Line: To the conscience of a child.


WEBSTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Why did all manly gifts in webster fail?
Last Line: He wrote on nature's grandest brow, for sale.
Subject(s): Nature; Social Protest; Webster, Daniel (1782-1852)


WHAT ALL THE BOOKS OF AGES PAINT, I HAVE       


WHAT ARE ALL THE FLOWERS       


WHAT AVAILS IT ME       


WHAT FLOWING CENTRAL FORCES, SAY       


WHAT FROM THIS BARREN BEING DO WE REAP       


WHAT IS IT TO SAIL       


WHAT NEVER WAS NOT, & STILL WILL BE       


WHEN DEVILS BITE       


WHEN JANE WAS ABSENT EDGAR'S EYE       


WHEN THOU SITTEST MOPING       


WHEN THY SOUL       


WHEN WRATH & TERROR CHANGED JOVE'S REGAL PORT       


WHERE ART THOU       


WHERE IS SKRYMIR? GIANT SKRYMIR       


WHERE THE FUNGUS BROAD & RED       


WHOSO ALAS IS YOUNG       


WHY HONOR THE NEW MEN       


WHY SHOULD I LIVE       


WILLIAM DOES THY FRIGID SOUL       


WILLIAM RUFUS AND THE JEW    Poem Text    
First Line: May it please my lord the king, -- there's a jew at the door
Last Line: "quoth he, ""I think I'll keep the thirty for the payment of my pains."
Subject(s): Jews; William Ii, King Of England (1056-1100); Judaism


WISP & METEOR NIGHTLY FALLING       


WITH THE KEY OF THE SECRET HE MARCHES FASTER       


WOODNOTES: 1, 1    Poem Text    
First Line: For this present, hard / is the future of the bard
Last Line: Coming and past eternities?


WOODNOTES: 1, 2    Poem Text    
First Line: And such I knew, a forest seer
Last Line: And at his bidding seemed to come.


WOODNOTES: 1, 3    Poem Text    
First Line: In unploughed maine he sought the lumberers' gang
Last Line: By god's own light illumined and foreshowed.


WOODNOTES: 1, 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Twas one of the charmed days / when the genius of god doth flow
Last Line: "the clay of their departed lover."
Variant Title(s): The Heart Of All The Scene


WOODNOTES: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: As sunbeams stream through liberal space
Last Line: Than all it holds more deep, more high.'
Variant Title(s): A Wood-note
Subject(s): Holidays


WOODS; A PROSE SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Wise are ye, o ancient woods!
Last Line: Always new, like time itself, or like love.
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


WORSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: This is he, who, felled by foes
Last Line: Which is human, which is divine.


WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT JOY IS HID       


WRITTEN AT ROME    Poem Text    
First Line: Alone in rome. Why, rome is lonely too
Last Line: The hour of heaven
Subject(s): Rome, Italy


WRITTEN IN A VOLUME OF GOETHE    Poem Text    
First Line: Six thankful weeks, -- and let it be
Last Line: In his plenty things so rare?
Subject(s): Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von (1749-1832)


WRITTEN IN NAPLES, MARCH, 1833    Poem Text    
First Line: We are what we are made; each following day
Last Line: Thine elegy, sweet singer, sainted wife!
Subject(s): God


WRITTEN IN SICKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I bear in youth the sad infirmities
Last Line: And bid each awful muse drive the damned harpies hence.
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


XENOPHANES    Poem Text    
First Line: By fate, not option, frugal nature gave
Last Line: Repeats one note.


YE HAVE GRACE       


YET SOMETIME TO THE SORROW STRICKEN       


YOU SHALL NOT LOVE ME FOR WHAT DAILY SPENDS