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Hardy, Thomas    Poet's Biography
830 poems available by this author


1967    Poem Text    
First Line: In five-score summers! All new eyes
Last Line: That thy worm should be my worm, love!
Subject(s): Death; Time; Dead, The


A BACKWARD SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees are afraid to put forth buds
Last Line: What happened to it in mid-december.
Subject(s): Spring


A BEAUTY'S SOLILOQUY DURING HER HONEYMOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Too late, too late! I did not know my fairness
Last Line: Quite so emphatically!
Subject(s): Honeymoons; Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


A BIRD-SCENE AT A RURAL DWELLING    Poem Text    
First Line: When the inmate stirs, the birds retire discreetly
Last Line: Just such enactments, just such daybreaks seen.
Subject(s): Animals


A BROKEN APPOINTMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: You did not come
Last Line: You love not me?
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


A BYGONE OCCASION (SONG)    Poem Text    
First Line: That night, that night
Last Line: Though tears may throng!


A CALL TO NATIONAL SERVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Up and be doing, all who have a hand
Last Line: So loud for promptness all around outcries!
Subject(s): Great Britain; Patriotism; World War I; First World War


A CATHEDRAL FACADE AT MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Along the sculptures of the western wall
Last Line: The coded creeds of old-time godliness.


A CHRISTMAS GHOST-STORY; CHRISTMAS-EVE 1899    Poem Text    
First Line: South of the line, inland from far durban
Last Line: But tarries yet the cause for which he died.'
Subject(s): Boer War; Christmas; South African War; Nativity, The


A CHURCH ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: She turned in the high pew, until her sight
Last Line: Bowing 'new sabbath' or 'mount ephraim'.


A CIRCULAR    Poem Text    
First Line: As 'legal representative'
Last Line: Was costumed in a shroud.


A COMMONPLACE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The day is turning ghost
Last Line: May wake regret in me.


A CONFESSION TO A FRIEND IN TROUBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your troubles shrink not, though I feel them less
Last Line: Than that, though banned, such instinct was in me!


A CONVERSATION AT DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: He lay awake, with a harassed air
Last Line: Flung its lazy flounce at the neighbouring quay.


A COOUNTENANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Her laugh was not in the middle of her face quite
Last Line: As love became unblinded?


A DAUGHTER RETURNS    Poem Text    
First Line: I like not that dainty-cut raiment, those earrings of pearl
Last Line: Then, then shall I think, think of thee!
Subject(s): Daughters; Homecoming


A DEATH-DAY RECALLED    Poem Text    
First Line: Beeny did not quiver
Last Line: Of their former friend?
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


A DREAM OR NO    Poem Text    
First Line: Why go to saint-juliot? What's juliot to me?
Last Line: Or beeny, or bos with its flounce flinging mist?
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


A DREAM QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I asked the lord, 'sire, is this true
Last Line: Within the ethic of my will.'
Subject(s): Bible; God; Religion; Theology


A DRIZZLING EASTER MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: And he is risen? Well, be it so
Last Line: For endless rest -- though risen is he.
Variant Title(s): On One Who Lived And Died Where Born
Subject(s): Easter; Holidays; The Resurrection


A DUETTIST TO HER PIANOFORTE; SONG OF SILENCE (E.L.H - H.C.H.)    Poem Text    
First Line: Since every sound moves memories
Last Line: Nay: hushed, hushed, hushed, you are for me!
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Silence


A GENTLEMAN'S EPITAPH ON HIMSELF AND A LADY, WHO WERE BURIED TOGETHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I dwelt in the shade of a city
Last Line: Companion to me!
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Graveyards


A HOUSE WITH A HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a house in a city street
Last Line: Alone, from wall to wall.


A HURRIED MEETING    Poem Text    
First Line: It is august moonlight in the tall plantation
Last Line: "and then all mourning, mourning!"


A JANUARY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The rain smites more and more
Last Line: We do not know.


A JINGLE ON THE TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a painter
Last Line: December 1914


A JOG-TROT PAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Who were the twain that trod this track
Last Line: Yes; happier than the cleverest, smartest, rarest.


A KING'S SOLILOQUY (ON THE NIGHT OF HIS FUNERAL)    Poem Text    
First Line: From the slow march and muffled drum
Last Line: My acts and me.
Subject(s): Edward Vii, King Of England (1841-1910)


A KISS    Poem Text    
First Line: By a wall the stranger now calls his
Last Line: In the infinite.
Subject(s): Kisses


A LAST JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Father, you seem to have been sleeping fair'
Last Line: "to see those old friends that he cared for so?"


A LEADER OF FASHION    Poem Text    
First Line: Never has she known
Last Line: Throughout their count of calvaries!


A LEAVING    Poem Text    
First Line: Knowing what it bore / I watched the rain-smitten back of the car
Last Line: Knowing what it bore!


A LIGHT SNOWFALL AFTER FROST    Poem Text    
First Line: On the flat road a man at last appears
Last Line: When it transformed it so.


A MAIDEN'S PLEDGE (SONG)    Poem Text    
First Line: I do not wish to win your vow
Last Line: Shall come, and you stand wholly mine.


A MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: In casterbridge there stood a noble pile
Last Line: His protest lives where deathless things abide!'


A MAN WAS DRAWING NEAR TO ME'       
First Line: On that gray night of mournful drone


A MEETING WITH DESPAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: As evening shaped I found me on a moor
Last Line: Had gone. Then chuckled he.


A MERRYMAKING IN QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I will get a new string for my fiddle
Last Line: And gurgoyles that mouthed to the tune.
Subject(s): Parties


A MILITARY APPOINTMENT (SCHERZANDO)    Poem Text    
First Line: So back you have come from the town, nan, dear!
Last Line: "and it's here our meeting is planned to be."


A NEW YEAR'S EVE IN WAR TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Phantasmal fears
Last Line: To pale europe; and tiredly the pines intone.
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year; World War I; First World War


A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: I marked when the weather changed
Last Line: And saying at last you knew!


A NIGHT OF QUESTIONINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: On the eve of all-souls' day
Last Line: "no more I know"


A PARTING SCENE    Poem Text    
First Line: The two pale women cried
Last Line: "too long; too long!"" burst out. ('twas for five years.)"


A PLAINT TO MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: When you slowly emerged from the den of time
Last Line: And visioned help unsought, unknown.
Subject(s): Men


A POET    Poem Text    
First Line: Attentive eyes, fantastic heed
Last Line: It will be word enough of praise.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A POOR MAN AND A LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: We knew it was not a valid thing
Last Line: And no one knew, unless it was god.


A POPULAR PERSONAGE AT HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: I live here: 'wessex' is my name
Last Line: "yet, will this pass, and pass shall I?"
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Wessex, England


A PROCESSION OF DEAD DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: I see the ghost of a perished day
Last Line: And what his third hour took away!


A REFUSAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Said the grave dean of westminster
Last Line: That I ensconce swinburne!
Subject(s): Christianity; Poetry & Poets; Westminster Abbey


A SECOND ATTEMPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Thirty years after
Last Line: "twice-over cannot be!"


A SHEEP FAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: The day arrives of the autumn fair
Last Line: At pummery fair.


A SIGN-SEEKER    Poem Text    
First Line: I mark the months in liveries dank and dry
Last Line: And nescience mutely muses: when a man falls he lies.


A SINGER ASLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: In this fair niche above the unslumbering sea
Last Line: Upon the capes and chines.
Subject(s): Swinburne, Algernon Charles (1837-1909)


A SOUND IN THE NIGHT (WOODSFORD CASTLE, 17--)    Poem Text    
First Line: What do I catch upon the night-wind, husband?'
Last Line: And sometimes an infant's moan.


A SPELLBOUND PALACE (HAMPTON COURT)    Poem Text    
First Line: On this kindly yellow day of mild low-travelling winter sun
Last Line: Save the mindless fountain tinkling on with thin enfeebled will.
Subject(s): Hampton Court Palace, England


A SPOT    Poem Text    
First Line: In years defaced and lost
Last Line: Suffuse this glen!'


A SUNDAY MORNING TRAGEDY    Poem Text    
First Line: I bore a daughter flower-fair
Last Line: But pray god not to pity me.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


A THOUGHT IN TWO MOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw it - pink and white - revealed
Last Line: Made of the dusty ground!'
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


A THUNDERSTORM IN TOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: She wore a new 'terra-cotta' dress
Last Line: Had lasted a minute more.
Subject(s): Love


A TRAMPWOMAN'S TRAGEDY    Poem Text    
First Line: From wynyard's gap the livelong day
Last Line: Haunting the western moor.
Subject(s): Wandering & Wanderers; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


A TWO-YEARS' IDYLL    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes; such it was / just those two seasons unsought
Last Line: That seems it now.


A WASTED ILLNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Through vaults of pain
Last Line: To reach that door.
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


A WATCHER'S REGRET; J.E.'S STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: I slept across the front of the clock
Last Line: Of the hour in which she went.
Subject(s): Time


A WATERING-PLACE LADY INVENTORIED    Poem Text    
First Line: A sweetness of temper unsurpassed and unforgettable
Last Line: And that (with a sigh) 'twas a pity she'd no one to treat her tenderly.


A WEEK    Poem Text    
First Line: On monday night I closed my door
Last Line: Without whom life were waste to me!


A WET AUGUST    Poem Text    
First Line: Nine drops of water bead the jessamine
Last Line: Were wrought more bright than brightest skies to-day.
Subject(s): Rain; Summer


A WET NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I pace along, the rain-shafts riddling me
Last Line: And taking all such toils as trifles mere.
Subject(s): Rain


A WIFE AND ANOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: War ends, and he's returning
Last Line: I held I had not stirred god wrothfully.
Subject(s): Homecoming; Marriage; Soldiers; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


A WIFE COMES BACK    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the story a man told me
Last Line: "why did you come?"


A WIFE IN LONDON    Poem Text    
First Line: She sits in the tawny vapour
Last Line: And of new love that they would learn.
Subject(s): Boer War; South African War


A WOMAN DRIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: How she held up the horses' heads
Last Line: Towards some radiant star.


A WOMAN'S FANCY    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, madam; you've indeed come back here?'
Last Line: Not she who wedded him.


A WOMAN'S TRUST    Poem Text    
First Line: If he should live a thousand years
Last Line: Thus she believed in him!


A YOUNG MAN'S EPIGRAM ON EXISTENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: A senseless school, where we must give
Last Line: Lessons that leave no time for prizes.
Subject(s): Schools; Students


A YOUNG MAN'S EXHORTATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Call off your eyes from care
Last Line: Most kingly is the king.


A. H., 1855-1912    Poem Text    
First Line: A laurelled soldier he; yet who could find
Last Line: At once into the sweetest sleep of all?
Subject(s): Soldiers


ABERDEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I looked and thought, 'all is too gray and cold
Last Line: Men count for the stability of the time.


ACCORDING TO THE MIGHTY WORKING    Poem Text    
First Line: When moiling seems at cease
Last Line: Outside perception's range.
Subject(s): Peace


AFTER A JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Hereto I come to view a voiceless ghost
Last Line: Our days were a joy, and our paths through flowers.
Subject(s): Holidays; Love; Memory; New Year; Nostalgia


AFTER A ROMANTIC DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The railway bore him through
Last Line: The visions of his mind were drawn.


AFTER READING PSALMS 34, 40, ETC    Poem Text    
First Line: Simple was I and was young
Last Line: Yea: quem elegisti?'
Subject(s): Bible


AFTER THE LAST BREATH (J.H. 1813-1904)    Poem Text    
First Line: There's no more to be done, or feared, or hoped
Last Line: Outshapes but small.
Subject(s): Death; Life Change Events; Dead, The


AFTER THE VISIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Come again to the place
Last Line: That which mattered most could not be.


AFTER THE WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Last post sounded
Last Line: "and she the dead!"
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


AFTERNOON SERVICE AT MELLSTOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: On afternooons of drowsy calm
Last Line: Since we stood psalming there.


AFTERWARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: When the present has latched its postern behind my tremulous stay
Last Line: "he hears it not now, but used to notice such things""?"
Subject(s): Death; Life Change Events; Memory; Time; Dead, The


AH, ARE YOU DIGGING ON MY GRAVE?    Poem Text    


AH, ARE YOU DIGGING ON MY GRAVE?       


ALIKE AND UNLIKE (GREAT ORME'S HEAD)    Poem Text    
First Line: We watched the selfsame scene on that long drive
Last Line: Mine commonplace; yours tragic, gruesome, gray.


AMABEL    Poem Text    
First Line: I marked her ruined hues
Last Line: "o amabel!'"


AN ANCIENT TO ANCIENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where once we danced, where once we sang, gentlemen
Last Line: Gentlemen.
Subject(s): Memory; Old Age


AN ANNIVERSARY    Poem Text    
First Line: It was at the very date to which we have come
Last Line: Socket-bones.


AN APPEAL TO AMERICA ON BEHALF OF THE BELGIAN DESTITUTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Seven millions stand
Last Line: No man can say?
Subject(s): Belgium; United States; World War I; America; First World War


AN AUGUST MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: A shaded lamp and a waving blind
Last Line: They know earth-secrets that know not I.
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


AN AUTUMN RAIN-SCENE    Poem Text    
First Line: There trudges one to a merry-making
Last Line: On whom the rain comes down.
Subject(s): Rain


AN EAST-END CURATE    Poem Text    
First Line: A small blind street off east commercial road
Last Line: But stoops along abstractedly, for good, or in vain, god wot!


AN EXPERIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Wit, weight, or wealth there was not
Last Line: Was never to forget!


AN EXPOSTULATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Why want to go afar
Last Line: Wherein your foredames gaily filled the pail?


AN INQUIRY; A PHANTASY    Poem Text    
First Line: I said to it: 'we grasp not what you meant
Last Line: "in crowning death as king!"
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


AN OLD LIKENESS (RECALLING R.T.)    Poem Text    
First Line: Who would have thought
Last Line: Herself of old.


AN UPBRAIDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I am dead you sing to me
Last Line: As when we lived, or how?


AND THERE WAS A GREAT CALM'    Poem Text    
First Line: There had been years of passion -- scorching, cold
Last Line: And again the spirit of pity whispered, 'why?'
Subject(s): Holidays; Veterans Day; World War I; First World War


ANGOSTO THEO    Poem Text    
First Line: Long have I framed weak phantasies of thee
Last Line: Would raise my voice in song.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


ANY LITTLE OLD SONG       


APOSTROPHE TO AN OLD PSALM TUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: I met you first - ah, when did I first meet you?
Last Line: Till doom's great day be!


AQUAE SULIS    Poem Text    
First Line: The chimes called midnight, just at interlune
Last Line: And the boiling voice of the waters' medicinal pour.
Subject(s): Bath, England


ARCHITECTURAL MASKS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a house with ivied walls
Last Line: You vulgar people there.'
Subject(s): Houses


AS 'TWERE TONIGHT       


AT A BRIDAL    Poem Text    
First Line: When you paced forth, to await maternity
Last Line: If the race all such sovereign types unknows.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


AT A COUNTRY FAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: At a bygone western country fair
Last Line: If once, a hundred times!
Subject(s): Festivals; Fairs; Pageants


AT A FASHIONABLE DINNER    Poem Text    
First Line: We sat with the banqueting-party
Last Line: Lavine!


AT A HASTY WEDDING; TRIOLET    Poem Text    
First Line: If hours be years the twain are blest
Last Line: For now they solace swift desire.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


AT A HOUSE IN HAMPSTEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: O poet, come you haunting here
Last Line: Passed to the dim.
Subject(s): Hampstead Heath, London; Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets


AT A LUNAR ECLIPSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Thy shadow, earth, from pole to central sea
Last Line: Heroes, and women fairer than the skies?
Subject(s): Eclipses; Moon


AT A SEASIDE TOWN IN 1869    Poem Text    
First Line: I went and stood outside myself
Last Line: One beam! Yea, she is gone, is gone.
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


AT AN INN    Poem Text    
First Line: When we as strangers sought
Last Line: As we stood then!


AT CASTERBRIDGE FAIR: 1. THE BALLAD-SINGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sing, ballad-singer, raise a hearty tune
Last Line: Make me forget her tears.
Subject(s): Festivals; Love; Singing & Singers; Fairs; Pageants; Songs


AT CASTERBRIDGE FAIR: 2. FORMER BEAUTIES    Poem Text    
First Line: These market-dames, mid-aged, with lips thin-drawn
Last Line: Them always fair.
Subject(s): Beauty; Festivals; Transience; Fairs; Pageants; Impermanence


AT CASTERBRIDGE FAIR: 3. AFTER THE CLUB-DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Black'on frowns east on maidon
Last Line: They, too, have done the same!
Subject(s): Festivals; Fairs; Pageants


AT CASTERBRIDGE FAIR: 4. THE MARKET-GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Nobody took any notice of her as she stood on the causey know
Last Line: And I found that though no others had bid, a prize had been won by me.
Subject(s): Festivals; Fairs; Pageants


AT CASTERBRIDGE FAIR: 5. THE INQUIRY    Poem Text    
First Line: And are ye one of hermitage
Last Line: Preserves a maid's alive.
Subject(s): Festivals; Fairs; Pageants


AT CASTERBRIDGE FAIR: 6. A WIFE WAITS    Poem Text    
First Line: Will's at the dance in the club-room below
Last Line: Shivering I wait for him here.
Subject(s): Festivals; Fairs; Pageants


AT CASTERBRIDGE FAIR: 7. AFTER THE FAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: The singers are gone from the cornmarket-place
Last Line: At their meeting-times here, just as these!
Subject(s): Festivals; Fairs; Pageants


AT CASTLE BOTEREL    Poem Text    
First Line: As I drive to the junction of lane and highway
Last Line: Never again.
Subject(s): Love; Time


AT DAY-CLOSE IN NOVEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: The ten hours' light is abating
Last Line: That none will in time be seen.


AT LULWORTH COVE A CENTURY BACK    Poem Text    
First Line: Had I but lived a hundred years ago
Last Line: And bend with reverence where his ashes lie.'
Subject(s): Dorset, England; Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets


AT MADAME TUSSAUD'S IN VICTORIAN YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: That same first-fiddler who leads the orchestra tonight
Last Line: Yes; gamuts that graced forty years'-flight were not a small thing!
Subject(s): Tussaud's Wax Museum; Waxworks


AT MAYFAIR LODGINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: How could I be aware
Last Line: And neither of us knew!


AT MIDDLE-FIELD GATE IN FEBRUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: The bars are thick with drops that show
Last Line: Bloomed a bevy now underground!


AT MOONRISE AND ONWARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought you a fire
Last Line: Or life's top cyme!


AT PAUSE IN A COUNTRY DANCE (MIDDLE OF LAST CENTURY)    Poem Text    
First Line: They stood at the foot of the figure
Last Line: In elbow-chairs through the slow night.


AT RUSHY-POND    Poem Text    
First Line: On the frigid face of the heath-hemmed pond
Last Line: Her days dropped out of mine.


AT SHAG'S HEATH, 1685    Poem Text    
First Line: I grieve and grieve for what I have done
Last Line: Sweet, slain king monmouth -- he!


AT THE AQUATIC SPORTS    Poem Text    
First Line: With their backs to the sea two fiddlers stand
Last Line: A business they pursue.


AT THE DINNER TABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I sat at dinner in my prime
Last Line: In jest there fifty years before.
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


AT THE ENTERING OF THE NEW YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Our songs went up and out the chimney
Last Line: "albeit the fault may not be thine."
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year; World War I; First World War


AT THE MILL    Poem Text    
First Line: O miller knox, whom we knew well
Last Line: Just as of old.


AT THE PIANO    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman was playing
Last Line: And the phantom hid nigh.
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Pianos


AT THE RAILWAY STATION, UPWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: There is not much that I can do ...'
Last Line: The convict, and boy with the violin.


AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY    Poem Text    
First Line: These summer landscapes - clump, and copse, and croft
Last Line: And no more know they sight of any sun.


AT THE WAR OFFICE, LONDON    Poem Text    
First Line: Last year I called this world of gaingivings
Last Line: From ind to occident.
Subject(s): Boer War; South African War


AT THE WICKET-GATE    Poem Text    
First Line: There floated the sounds of church-chiming
Last Line: As thence we withdrew.
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


AT THE WORD 'FAREWELL'    Poem Text    
First Line: She looked like a bird from a cloud
Last Line: When we came in together.
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


AT WAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: When night was lifting
Last Line: Is a blank to me!
Subject(s): Morning


AT WYNYARD'S GAP    Poem Text    
First Line: The hounds pass here?
Last Line: He hands her up. Exeunt omnes.


AUTUMN IN THE PARK    Poem Text    
First Line: Here by the baring bough
Last Line: Raking up leaves.
Subject(s): Country Life


BAGS OF MEAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's a fine bag of meat
Last Line: When the butcher wins, and he's driven from the place.
Subject(s): Auctions; Butchers; Cattle


BARTHELEMON AT VAUXHALL    Poem Text    
First Line: He said: 'awake my soul, and with the sun'
Last Line: It spread to galleried naves and mighty quires.
Subject(s): Barthelemon, Francois Hippolite; Music & Musicians


BEENY CLIFF; MARCH 1870 - MARCH 1913    Poem Text    
First Line: O the opal and the sapphire of that wandering western sea
Last Line: And nor knows nor cares for beeny, and will laugh there nevermore.


BEFORE AND AFTER SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Looking forward to the spring
Last Line: I, alas, perceived not when.
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Spring; Fall


BEFORE KNOWLEDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I walked roseless tracks and wide
Last Line: And I heard no call!


BEFORE LIFE AND AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: A time there was - as one may guess
Last Line: How long, how long?


BEFORE MARCHING, AND AFTER (IN MEMORIAM F.W.G.)    Poem Text    
First Line: Orion swung southward aslant
Last Line: A brightness therefrom not to fade on the morrow.
Subject(s): Holidays; Veterans Day; World War I - Casualties


BEFORE MY FRIEND ARRIVED    Poem Text    
First Line: I sat on the eve-lit weir
Last Line: The tower is dark on the sky.


BEREFT    Poem Text    
First Line: In the black winter morning
Last Line: Would 'twere underground!


BEREFT, SHE THINKS SHE DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I dream that the dearest I ever knew
Last Line: And no one wakes me!
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


BEST TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: We went a day's excursion to the stream
Last Line: Walk down again, struck me as I stood there.


BETWEEN US NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Between us now and here
Last Line: Faith be for aye.


BEYOND THE LAST LAMP (NEAR TOOTING COMMON)    Poem Text    
First Line: While rain, with eve in partnership
Last Line: And will, while such a lane remain.


BIRDS AT WINTER NIGHTFALL; TRIOLET    Poem Text    
First Line: Around the house the flakes fly faster
Last Line: And all the berries now are gone!
Subject(s): Birds; Winter


BUDMOUTH DEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: When we lay where budmouth beach is
Last Line: Down?
Variant Title(s): Hussar's Song
Subject(s): Soldiers


BY HENSTRIDGE CROSS AT THE YEAR'S END    Poem Text    
First Line: Why go the east road now?
Last Line: "we are for new feet now."
Subject(s): Roads; Paths; Trails


BY THE BARROWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Not far from mellstock - so tradition saith
Last Line: Of stoic and devoted self-unheed.
Subject(s): Mothers


BY THE EARTH'S CORPSE    Poem Text    
First Line: O lord, why grievest thou?
Last Line: It still repenteth me!'
Subject(s): Creation


BY THE RUNIC STONE (TWO WHO BECAME A STORY)    Poem Text    
First Line: By the runic stone / they sat, where the grass sloped down
Last Line: From zone to zone!


CARDINAL BEMBO'S EPITAPH ON RAPHAEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's one in whom nature feared - faint at such vying
Last Line: Eclipse while he lived, and decease at his dying.


CHANNEL FIRING    Poem Text    
First Line: That night your great guns, unawares
Last Line: And camelot, and starlit stonehenge.
Subject(s): Death; Guns; Social Protest; World War I; Dead, The; First World War


CIRCUS-RIDER TO RINGMASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am riding round the ring no longer
Last Line: As in these last years!


COME NOT; YET COME! (SONG)    Poem Text    
First Line: In my sage moments I can say
Last Line: And I faint to a phantom past all trace.


COMING UP OXFORD STREET: EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun from the west glares back
Last Line: Empty of interest in things, and wondering why he was born.
Subject(s): Evening; Sunset; Twilight


COMPASSION; AN ODE IN CELEBRATION ... PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Backward among the dusky years
Last Line: Calls a yet mightier one.
Subject(s): Animal Rights; Compassion; Animal Abuse; Vivisection


CONJECTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: If there were in my kalendar
Last Line: I'd pass to pulseless sleep!


COPYING ARCHITECTURE IN AN OLD MINISTER (WIMBORNE)    Poem Text    
First Line: How smartly the quarters of the hour march by
Last Line: In a moment's forgetfulness.


COULD I BUT WILL       


CROSS-CURRENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: They parted - a pallid, trembling pair
Last Line: "I was distressed to make!"


CRY OF THE HOMELESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Instigator of the ruin
Last Line: Till death dark thee with his pall.'
Subject(s): Homeless; World War I; First World War


CYNIC'S EPTIAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: A race with the sun as he downed
Last Line: I stayed on.
Subject(s): Cynicism


DAYS TO RECOLLECT    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you recall
Last Line: That sad november!


DEPARTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: While the far farewell music thins and fails
Last Line: Bondslave to realms, but circle earth and seas?'
Subject(s): Boer War; South African War


DISCOURAGEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: To see the mother, naturing nature, stand
Last Line: And fosterer of visions ghast and grim.


DITTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Beneath a knap where flown
Last Line: Where she dwells!


DONAGHADEE (SONG)    Poem Text    
First Line: I've never gone to donaghadee
Last Line: And yet I sing of donaghadee!


DOOM AND SHE    Poem Text    
First Line: There dwells a mighty pair
Last Line: When the night tempests rise.


DRAWING DETAILS IN AN OLD CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear the bell-rope sawing
Last Line: But not inquire.


DREAM OF THE CITY SHOPWOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Twere sweet to have a comrade here
Last Line: Their one life's time!
Subject(s): Retail Trade; Stores; Shops; Shopkeepers


DRUMMER HODGE    Poem Text    
First Line: They throw in drummer hodge, to rest
Last Line: His stars eternally.
Variant Title(s): The Dead Drummer
Subject(s): Boer War; Travel; War; South African War; Journeys; Trips


DURING WIND AND RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: They sing their dearest songs
Last Line: Down their carved names the rain-drop ploughs.
Subject(s): Death; Holidays; Mourning; New Year; Rain; Time; Wind; Dead, The; Bereavement


EMBARCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, where vespasian's legions struck the sands
Last Line: As if they knew not that they weep the while.
Subject(s): Boer War; South African War


END OF THE YEAR 1912    Poem Text    
First Line: You were here at his young beginning
Last Line: Once, while six bells swung thereto.
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


ENGLAND TO GERMANY IN 1914    Poem Text    
First Line: O england, may god punish thee!'
Last Line: And present sight, your ancient name.
Subject(s): Germany; World War I; Germans; First World War


EPEISODIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Past the hills that peep
Last Line: There shall rest we.


EPITAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: I never cared for life: life cared for me
Last Line: "nor sought in me much more than thou couldst find."
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Life; Work; Workers


EVELYN G. OF CHRISTMINISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I can see the towers
Last Line: Of you now there!


EVERY ARTEMISIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Your eye-light wanes with an ail of care ...'
Last Line: "fanes of my sires."


EVERYTHING COMES    Poem Text    
First Line: The house is bleak and cold
Last Line: Tis too late,' she said.


EXEUNT OMNES    Poem Text    
First Line: Everybody else, then, going
Last Line: Soon one more goes thither!


FAINTHEART IN A RAILWAY TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: At nine in the morning there passed a church
Last Line: That I had alighted there!
Variant Title(s): A Glimpse From The Train
Subject(s): Love


FATHER DUNMAN'S FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Bury me on a sunday'
Last Line: "a jolly afternoon."
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


FETCHING HER    Poem Text    
First Line: An hour before the dawn, / my friend
Last Line: But left it where it grew!


FIRST OR LAST (SONG)    Poem Text    
First Line: If grief come early
Last Line: Aye, my dear and tender!
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


FIRST SIGHT OF HER AND AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: A day is drawing to its fall
Last Line: Has been a common day.


FLIRT'S TRAGEDY    Poem Text    
First Line: Here alone by the logs in my chamber
Last Line: Whose lover he slew.


FOR LIFE I HAD NEVER CARED GREATLY    Poem Text    


FOR LIFE I HAD NEVER CARED GREATLY       


FOUR FOOTPRINTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Here are the tracks upon the sand
Last Line: For they have resumed their honeymoon tour.
Subject(s): Footprints


FOUR IN THE MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: At four this day of june I rise
Last Line: At four o'clock!


FRAGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: At last I entered a long dark gallery
Last Line: If the world goes on.'


FREED THE FRET OF THINKING       


FRIENDS BEYOND    Poem Text    
First Line: William dewy, tranter reuben, farmer ledlow late at plough
Last Line: And the squire, and lady susan, murmur mildly to me now.
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Dead, The


FROM HER IN THE COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought and thought of thy crass clanging town
Last Line: Longing to madness I might move therein!


GALLANT'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: When the maiden leaves off teasing
Last Line: Ha-ha. Ho!


GENITRIX LAESA (MEASURE OF A SARUM SEQUENCE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Nature, through these generations
Last Line: To dissolubility.


GENOA AND THE MEDITERRANEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: O epic-famed, god-haunted central sea
Last Line: Where lovers first behold thy form in pilgrimage to thee.
Subject(s): Genoa, Italy; Mediterranean Sea


GEOGRAPHICAL KNOWLEDGE (A MEMORY OF CHRISTIANA C - )    Poem Text    
First Line: Where blackmoor was, the road that led
Last Line: Then he'll come back to me!'


GEORGE MEREDITH    Poem Text    
First Line: Forty years back, when much had place
Last Line: His words wing on - as live words will.
Subject(s): Meredith, George (1828-1909); Novels & Novelists


GOD'S EDUCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw him steal the light away
Last Line: Theirs is the teaching mind!'
Variant Title(s): His Education
Subject(s): God


GOD'S FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw a slowly-stepping train
Last Line: Mechanically I followed with the rest.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


GOD-FORGOTTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I towered far, and lo! I stood within
Last Line: When trouble hovers nigh.
Subject(s): God


GOING AND STAYING    Poem Text    
First Line: The moving sun-shapes on the spray
Last Line: Alike dissolving.
Subject(s): Time


GREAT THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet cider [or, cyder] is a great thing
Last Line: Great things to me!


GREEN SLATES (PENPETHY)    Poem Text    
First Line: It happened once, before the duller
Last Line: "standing in the quarry!"
Subject(s): Memory; Quarries


GROWTH IN MAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I enter a daisy-and buttercup land
Last Line: And her gown, as she waits for her love.


HAD YOU WEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Had you wept; had you but neared me with a hazed uncertain ray
Last Line: And hence our deep division, and our dark undying pain.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


HAP    Poem Text    
First Line: If but some vengeful god would call to me
Last Line: Blisses about my pilgrimage as pain.
Subject(s): Fate; Social Protest; Destiny


HAUNTING FINGERS; A PHANTASY IN A MUSEUM OF MUSICIAL INSTRUMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Are you awake'
Last Line: And day crawled in.
Subject(s): Musical Instruments


HE ABJURES LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: At last I put off love
Last Line: And then, the curtain.
Subject(s): Love


HE FEARS HIS GOOD FORTUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a glorious time
Last Line: - and it came.


HE FOLLOWS HIMSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: In a heavy time I dogged myself
Last Line: Thus bootlessly.


HE INADVERTENLY CURES HIS LOVE-PAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: I said 'o let me sing the praise
Last Line: Those old sweet agonies again!


HE NEVER EXPECTED MUCH (OR) A CONSIDERATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, world, you have kept faith with me
Subject(s): Aging; Birthdays


HE PREFERS HER EARTHLY    Poem Text    
First Line: This after-sunset is a sight for seeing
Last Line: You as the one you were.


HE REVISITS HIS FIRST SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: I should not have shown in the flesh
Last Line: I may right it - some day.
Subject(s): Schools; Students


HE WONDERS ABOUT HIMSELF VEXED    Poem Text    
First Line: No use hoping, or feeling vext
Last Line: And a fair desire fulfil?


HEIRESS AND ARCHITECT    Poem Text    
First Line: She sought the studios, beckoning to her side
Last Line: "for you will die."


HER APOTHEOSIS (FADED WOMAN'S SONG)    Poem Text    
First Line: There were years vague of measure
Last Line: Ringed me with living light.


HER CONFESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: As some bland soul, to whom a debtor says
Last Line: To putting off for ever the caress.


HER DEATH AND AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Twas a death-bed summons, and forth I went
Last Line: If only she could know!
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


HER DEFINITION    Poem Text    
First Line: I lingered through the night to break of day
Last Line: The sweetest image outside paradise.


HER DILEMMA; IN CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: The two were silent in a sunless church
Last Line: Where nature such dilemmas could devise.
Subject(s): Death; Kindness; Dead, The


HER FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I met her, as we had privily planned
Last Line: Of time, and wrack, and foes.'
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


HER HAUNTING-GROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: Can it be so? It must be so
Last Line: And, save for others, knew no gloom?


HER IMMORTALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Upon a noon I pilgrimed through
Last Line: Never again to be!


HER INITIALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Upon a poet's page I wrote
Last Line: The radiance has died away.
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


HER LATE HUSBAND    Poem Text    
First Line: No - not where I shall make my own
Last Line: "in our sight up above!""'"
Subject(s): Widows & Widowers


HER LOVE-BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I looked up at my love-birds
Last Line: And smote like death on me!
Subject(s): Birds


HER REPROACH    Poem Text    
First Line: Con the dead page as if 'twere live love: press on
Last Line: A moment; musing, 'he, too, had his day!'


HER SECRET    Poem Text    
First Line: That love's dull smart distressed my heart
Last Line: Did he dream of following me!
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Secrets


HER SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I sang that song on sunday
Last Line: Of soul-smart or despair?


HER TEMPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear, think not that they will forget you
Last Line: "none now knows his name."


HEREDITY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the family face
Last Line: That heeds no call to die.
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Life Change Events; Heritage; Heredity


HIS COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: I journeyed from my native spot
Last Line: On my way everywhere.'
Subject(s): Patriotism


HIS HEART; A WOMAN'S DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: At midnight, in the room where he lay dead
Last Line: Where I shall wait, but his step will not sound.


HIS IMMORTALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw a dead man's finer part
Last Line: Dying amid the dark.
Subject(s): Immortality


HIS VISITOR    Poem Text    
First Line: I come across from mellstock while the moon wastes weaker
Last Line: Souls of old.


HONEYMOON TIME AT AN INN    Poem Text    
First Line: At the shiver of morning, a little before the false dawn
Last Line: That it fits all mortal mould.'
Subject(s): Honeymoons; Superstition


HORSES ABOARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Horses in horseclothes stand in a row
Last Line: From the scheme nature planned for them, -- wondering why.
Subject(s): Animals


HOW GREAT MY GRIEF; TRIOLET    Poem Text    
First Line: How great my grief, my joys how few
Last Line: Since first it was my fate to know thee?
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


I FOUND HER OUT THERE    Poem Text    


I FOUND HER OUT THERE       


I KNEW A LADY (CLUB SONG)    Poem Text    
First Line: I knew a lady when the days
Last Line: "for both our burdens you are to blame!"


I LOOK IN HER FACE AND SAY       


I LOOK INTO MY GLASS    Poem Text    


I LOOK INTO MY GLASS       


I LOOKED UP FROM MY WRITING    Poem Text    


I LOOKED UP FROM MY WRITING       


I MET A MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I met a man when night was nigh
Last Line: Like moses' after sinai.
Subject(s): War


I NEED NOT GO    Poem Text    


I NEED NOT GO       


I ROSE AND WENT TO ROU'TOR TOWN       


I ROSE UP AS MY CUSTOM IS       


I SAID AND SANG HER EXCELLENCE       


I SAID TO LOVE    Poem Text    


I SAID TO LOVE       


I SAY, 'I'LL SEEK HER SIDE'       


I SOMETIMES THINK       


I THOUGHT, MY HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought, my heart, that you had healed
Last Line: Be there or no!'


I TRAVEL AS A PHANTOM NOW       


I WAS NOT HE - THE MAN       


I WAS THE MIDMOST    Poem Text    
First Line: I was the midmost of my world
Last Line: On earth's bewildering ball!


I WORKED NO WILE TO MEET YOU       


ICE ON THE HIGHWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Seven buxom women abreast, and arm in arm
Last Line: Yet loud their laughter as they stagger and slide!


IF IT'S EVER SPRING AGAIN       


IF YOU HAD KNOWN       


IMAGININGS    Poem Text    
First Line: She saw herself a lady
Last Line: She knows can never be.


IN A CATHEDRAL CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: These people have not heard your name
Last Line: The spot's unconsciousness of you!
Subject(s): Churches; Love; Cathedrals


IN A EWELEAZE NEAR WEATHERBURY    Poem Text    
First Line: The years have gathered grayly
Last Line: As she did upon this leaze.


IN A FORMER RESORT AFTER MANY YEARSS    Poem Text    
First Line: Do I know these, slack-shaped and wan
Last Line: From underground in curious calls?


IN A LONDON FLAT    Poem Text    
First Line: You look like a widower,' she said
Last Line: That she had forgotten them where she slept.
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


IN A MUSEUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's the mould of a musical bird long passed from light
Last Line: In the full-fugued song of the universe unending.
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


IN A WAITING-ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: On a morning sick as the day of doom
Last Line: Had spread a glory through the gloom.
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


IN A WHISPERING GALLERY    Poem Text    
First Line: That whisper takes the voice
Last Line: Be a soul's voice floating here.


IN A WOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Pale beech and pine so blue [or, pine-tree blue]
Last Line: Life-loyalties.
Subject(s): Environment; Forests; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Woods


IN CHILDBED    Poem Text    
First Line: In the middle of the night
Last Line: Such strange things did mother say to me.
Subject(s): Mothers


IN DEATH DIVIDED    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall rot here, with those whom in their day
Last Line: Stretching across the miles that sever you from me.


IN FRONT OF THE LANDSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Plunging and laboring on in a tide of visions
Last Line: Save a few tombs?'


IN HER PRECINCTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Her house looked cold from the foggy lea
Last Line: The gloom of severance mine alone.
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


IN SHERBORNE ABBEY (17--)    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon has passed to the panes of the south-aisle wall
Last Line: As likewise are left their chill and chiselled neighbours around.


IN ST. PAUL'S A WHILE AGO    Poem Text    
First Line: Summer and winter close commune
Last Line: An epilept enthusiast.
Subject(s): St. Paul's Cathedral, London


IN TENEBRIS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Wintertime nighs
Last Line: Waits in unhope.
Variant Title(s): De Profundis 1


IN TENEBRIS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: When the clouds' swollen bosoms echo back the shouts of the many and strong
Last Line: Get him up and be gone as one shaped awry; he disturbs the order here.
Variant Title(s): De Profundis 2
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


IN TENEBRIS: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: There have been times when I well might have passed and the ending have come
Last Line: Ending have come.
Variant Title(s): De Profundis 3


IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM    Poem Text    
First Line: What do you see in that time-touched stone
Last Line: The voice of paul.'
Subject(s): British Museum, London; Museums; Paul, Saint (1st Century); Art Gallerys; Saul Of Tarsus


IN THE DAYS OF CRINOLINE    Poem Text    
First Line: A plain tilt-bonnet on her head
Last Line: He kissed her on the cheek.


IN THE EVENING; IN MEMORIAM FREDERICI TREEVES, 1853-1923    Poem Text    
First Line: In the evening, when the world knew he was dead
Last Line: "enough. You have returned. And all is well."


IN THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: We waited for the sun
Last Line: Soonest had to go.
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


IN THE MOONLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: O lonely workman, standing there
Last Line: Whom during her life I thought nothing of.'
Subject(s): Moon


IN THE NIGHT SHE CAME'       
First Line: I told her when I left one day


IN THE OLD THEATRE, FIESOLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I traced the circus whose gray stones incline
Last Line: The power, the pride, the reach of perished rome.
Variant Title(s): In The Old Theatre, Fiesole (April 1887)
Subject(s): Rome, Italy


IN THE SERVANTS' QUARTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Man, you too, aren't you, one of these rough followers of the criminal?
Last Line: And he droops, and turns, and goes.
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Household Employees; Servants; Domestics; Maids


IN THE SEVENTIES    Poem Text    
First Line: In the seventies I was bearing in my breast
Last Line: Locked in me.


IN THE SMALL HOURS    Poem Text    
First Line: I lay in my bed and fiddled
Last Line: That now, not then, held reign.


IN THE STREET (SONG)    Poem Text    
First Line: Only acquaintances
Last Line: Our futures, and what there may whelm and whirl.


IN THE VAULTED WAY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the vaulted way, where the passage turned
Last Line: The thing is dark, dear. I do not know.


IN TIME OF 'THE BREAKING OF NATIONS'    Poem Text    
First Line: Only a man harrowing clods / in a slow silent walk
Last Line: Ere their story die.
Subject(s): Bible; Country Life; Religion; World War I; Theology; First World War


IN TIME OF WARS AND TUMULTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Would that I'd not drawn breath here!' some one said
Last Line: By empery's insatiate lust of power.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


IN VISION I ROAMED    Poem Text    
First Line: In vision I roamed the flashing firmament
Last Line: Locked in that universe taciturn and drear.


INSCRIPTIONS FOR A PEAL OF EIGHT BELLS; AFTER A RESTORATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Thomas tremble new-made me
Last Line: Now I'm rehung, one dolt can do it.
Subject(s): Bells


INTRA SEPULCHRUM    Poem Text    
First Line: What curious things we said
Last Line: The centre of the world.


IT NEVER LOOKS LIKE SUMMER HERE       


JEZREEL; ON ITS SEIZURE BY THE ENGLISH UNDER ALLENBY, 1918    Poem Text    
First Line: Did they catch as it were in a vision at shut of day
Last Line: Yea, strange things and spectral may men have beheld in jezreel!
Subject(s): Allenby, Edmund Henry Hynman (1861-1936); Jezreel, Israel; Soldiers; World War I; Allenby Of Megiddo, First Viscount; First World War


JOHN AND JANE    Poem Text    
First Line: He sees the world as a boisterous place
Last Line: Do john and jane with their worthless son.


JOYS OF MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: When the spring comes round, and a certain day
Last Line: When spring comes round.
Subject(s): Memory


JUBILATE    Poem Text    
First Line: The very last time I ever was here,' he said
Last Line: And onward he went, and the darkness swallowed him up.


JULIE-JANE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sing; how 'a would sing!
Last Line: From her fancy-men.
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


JUNE LEAVES AND AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Lush summer lit the trees to green
Last Line: Had length of days in store.
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


JUST THE SAME    Poem Text    
First Line: I sat. It all was past
Last Line: The world was just the same.


KNOWN HAD I (SONG)    Poem Text    
First Line: Known had I what I knew not
Last Line: Have known what I know now.
Subject(s): Knowledge


LADY VI    Poem Text    
First Line: There goes the lady vi. How well
Last Line: "in well-bred talk one keeps outside."


LAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: How she would have loved
Last Line: In her yew-arched bed.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


LAST LOOK ROUND ST. MARTIN'S FAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun is like an open furnace door
Last Line: "though crying, ""fire away!"


LAST LOVE-WORD    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the last; the very, very last!
Last Line: Love, doomed us two!
Subject(s): Love


LAST WEEK IN OCTOBER    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees are undressing, and fling in many places
Last Line: Trembles, as fearing such a fate for himself anon.


LAST WORDS TO A DUMB FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: Pet was never mourned as you
Last Line: That you moulder where you played.
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


LAUSANNE: IN GIBBON'S OLD GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: A spirit seems to pass
Last Line: "never without ill-fame to him who gives her birth""?'"
Subject(s): Consolation; Gibbon, Edward (1737-1794); History; Lausanne, Switzerland; Historians


LEIPZIG    Poem Text    
First Line: Old norbert with the flat blue cap
Last Line: "and her touse of the tambourine!"


LET ME ENJOY (MINOR KEY)    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me enjoy the earth no less
Last Line: Though it contain no place for me.


LET ME; SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me believe it, dearest
Last Line: You forget!


LIFE AND DEATH AT SUNRISE (NEAR DOGBURY GATE, 1867)    Poem Text    
First Line: The hills uncap their tops
Last Line: "-- he was ninety-odd. He could call up the french revolution."
Subject(s): Old Age


LIFE LAUGHS ONWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Rambling I looked for an old abode
Last Line: Died on my tongue.


LINES SPOKEN BY MISS ADA REHAN AT THE LYCEUM THEATER    Poem Text    
First Line: Before we part to alien thoughts and aims
Last Line: More than our thanks, far more: their gratitude.


LINES TO A MOVEMENT IN MOZART'S E-FLAT SYMPHONY    Poem Text    
First Line: Show me again the time
Last Line: Love lures life on.
Subject(s): Love


LOGS ON THE HEARTH; A MEMORY OF A SISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The fire advances along the log
Last Line: Laughing, her young brown hand awave.
Subject(s): Sisters


LONELY DAYS (VERSIFIED FROM A DIARY)    Poem Text    
First Line: Lonely her fate was
Last Line: And she knew nought.
Subject(s): Diaries; Solitude; Loneliness


LONG PLIGHTED    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it worth while, dear, now
Last Line: Shall end the spheres?
Subject(s): Love


LOOKING ACROSS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is dark in the sky
Last Line: Are not five out there?


LOOKING AT A PICTURE ON AN ANNIVERSARY    Poem Text    
First Line: But don't you know it, my dear
Last Line: Lone-labouring here!
Subject(s): Portraits


LOST LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I play my sweet old airs
Last Line: A woman as I was born!
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


LOUIE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am forgetting louie the bouyant
Last Line: Long two strangers they and far apart; such neighbours now!


LOVE THE MONOPOLIST (YOUNG LOVER'S REVERIE)    Poem Text    
First Line: The train draws forth from the station-yard
Last Line: And you will have to say!'
Subject(s): Love


LOVER TO MISTESS (SONG FROM AN OLD COPY)    Poem Text    
First Line: Beckon to me to come
Last Line: Would be enough!


MAD JUDY    Poem Text    
First Line: When the hamlet hailed a birth
Last Line: Judy was insane, we knew.
Subject(s): Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


MEDITATIONS ON A HOLIDAY (A NEW THEME ON AN OLD FOLK MEASURE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis a may morning
Last Line: "how weak of you and small!"
Subject(s): Holidays


MEMORY AND I    Poem Text    
First Line: O memory, where is now my youth
Last Line: Is only known to me.'
Subject(s): Memory


MEN WHO MARCH AWAY (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: We be the king's men, hale and hearty
Last Line: Right fol-lol!
Subject(s): Great Britain - Wars With France; Napoleon I (1769-1821)


MEN WHO MARCH AWAY' (SONG OF THE SOLDIERS)    Poem Text    
First Line: What of the faith and fire within us
Last Line: Men who march away.
Variant Title(s): Song Of The Soldiers
Subject(s): Freedom; World War I; Liberty; First World War


MIDDLE-AGE ENTHUSIASMS    Poem Text    
First Line: We passed where flag and flower
Last Line: "our thoughts will reach this nook no more."
Subject(s): Aging; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


MIDNIGHT ON BEECHEN, 187-    Poem Text    
First Line: On beechen cliff self-commune I
Last Line: On beechen cliff!


MIDNIGHT ON THE GREAT WESTERN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the third-class seat sat the journeying boy
Last Line: But are not of?
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


MISCONCEPTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I busied myself to find a sure
Last Line: I find most pleasure in!'


MISMET    Poem Text    
First Line: He was leaning by a face
Last Line: While the heritor of the right it would have saved her soul to know!


MOLLY GONE    Poem Text    
First Line: No more summer for molly and me
Last Line: Her eyes may have meetings with mine.


MOMENTS OF VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: That mirror / which makes of men a transparency
Last Line: Glassing it - where?
Subject(s): Mirrors; Science; Scientists


MURMURS IN THE GLOOM    Poem Text    
First Line: I wayfared at the nadir of the sun
Last Line: From gloom to light?'


MUSIC IN A SNOWY STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: The weather is sharp
Last Line: For pence, in the snow!


MUTE OPINION    Poem Text    
First Line: I traversed a dominion
Last Line: But as the mute had thought.


MY CICELY    Poem Text    
First Line: Alive?'-and I leapt in my wonder
Last Line: When lovers were we.


MY SPIRIT WILL NOT HAUNT THE MOUND       


NATURE'S QUESTIONING    Poem Text    
First Line: When I look forth at dawning, pool
Last Line: Are still the same, and gladdest life death neighbors nigh.
Subject(s): Nature


NEAR LANIVET, 1872    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a stunted handpost just on the crest
Last Line: Some day. - alas, alas!


NEUTRAL TONES    Poem Text    
First Line: We stood by a pond that winter day
Last Line: And a pond edged with grayish leaves.
Subject(s): Love; Love - Loss Of; Winter


NEW YEAR'S EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have finished another year,' said god
Last Line: In his unweeting way.
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


NEWS FOR HER MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: One mile more is
Last Line: Mine from thy heart, make thy nearness seem afar?
Subject(s): Mothers


NIGHT IN THE OLD HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: When the wasting embers redden the chimney-breast
Last Line: And, satisfied, placid, unfretting, watch time away beamingly!'


NIGHT-TIME IN MID-FALL    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a storm-strid night, winds footing swift
Last Line: Church-timbers crack, and witches ride abroad.
Subject(s): Nature


NO BUYERS (A STREET SCENE)    Poem Text    
First Line: A load of brushes and baskets and cradles and chairs
Last Line: And nobody buys.


NOBODY COMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Tree-leaves labour up and down
Last Line: And nobody pulls up there.


NOT ONLY I       


NOTHING MATTERS MUCH (B.F.L.)    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing matters much,' he said
Last Line: "nothing much matters."


O, I WON'T LEAD A HOMELY LIFE       


OFTEN WHEN WARRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Often when warring for he wist not what
Last Line: And war's apology wholly stultified.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


OLD EXCURSIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: What's the good of going to ridgeway
Last Line: In those haunts we knew.


OLD FURNITURE    Poem Text    
First Line: I know not how it may be with others
Last Line: But sink away.
Subject(s): Nostalgia


ON A DISCOVERED CURL OF HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: When your soft welcomings were said
Last Line: Till I had reached your old abode.
Subject(s): Hair


ON A FINE MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Whence comes solace? - not from seeing
Last Line: Proof that earth was made for man.


ON A HEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: I could hear a gown-skirt rustling
Last Line: All that was bright of me.


ON A MIDSUMMER EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I idly cut a parsley stalk
Last Line: That turned a tenderer verse for me.


ON AN INVITATION TO THE UNITED STATES    Poem Text    
First Line: My ardours for emprize nigh lost
Last Line: And their experience count as mine.
Subject(s): United States; America


ON MARTOCK MOOR    Poem Text    
First Line: My deep-dyed husband trusts me
Last Line: Meets me upon the moor.
Subject(s): Moors (Land)


ON ONE WHO LIVED AND DIED WHERE HE WAS BORN    Poem Text    
First Line: When a night in november
Last Line: Those stairs!


ON STINSFORD HILL AT MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I glimpsed a woman's muslined form
Last Line: And had no heed of me.


ON STURMINSTER FOOT-BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Reticulations creep upon the slack stream's face
Last Line: As a lattice-gleam when midnight moans.
Subject(s): Bridges; Rivers


ON THE BELGIAN EXPATRIATION    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamt that people from the land of chimes
Last Line: Of ravaged roof, and smouldering gable-end.
Subject(s): Belgium; World War I; First World War


ON THE DEPARTURE PLATFORM    Poem Text    
First Line: We kissed at the barrier; and passing through
Last Line: I cannot tell!
Subject(s): Absence; Love; Separation; Isolation


ON THE DOORSTEP    Poem Text    
First Line: The rain imprinted the step's wet shine
Last Line: And forth I stride.


ON THE ESPLANADE; MIDSUMMER: 10 P.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: The broad bald moon edged up where the sea was wide
Last Line: My fate's masked face crept near me I did not know!


ON THE PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN ABOUT TO BE HANGED    Poem Text    
First Line: Comely and capable one of our race
Last Line: Brought to derision!
Subject(s): Capital Punishment; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty


ON THE TUNE CALLED THE OLD-HUNDRED-AND-FOURTH    Poem Text    
First Line: We never sang together
Last Line: Before our sands had run?


ON THE WAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees fret fitfully and twist
Last Line: And the wind a lyre.


ONCE AT SWANAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The spray sprang up across the cusps of the moon
Last Line: And there we two stood, hands clasped; I and she!


ONE RALPH BLOSSOM SOLILOQUIZES    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am in hell or some such place
Last Line: With you away. Dear, come, o come to me!'
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


ONE WE KNEW (M.H. 1772-1857)    Poem Text    
First Line: She told how they used to form for the country dances
Last Line: Things present but as a tale.


ONE WHO MARRIED ABOVE HIM    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis you, I think? Back from your week's work, steve?'
Last Line: Through which steve's wife was brought out, but which steve re-entered no more.


OUTSIDE THE CASEMENT (A REMINISCENCE OF THE WAR)    Poem Text    
First Line: We sat in the room
Last Line: Looked in, and smiled us another smile.


OVERLOOKING THE RIVER STOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: The swallows flew in the curves of an eight
Last Line: These less things hold my gaze!
Subject(s): England; Rivers; Stour (River), England; English


PANTHERA    Poem Text    
First Line: Yea, as I sit here, crutched, and cricked, and bent
Last Line: An exit rare for ardent soldiers such as he.
Subject(s): Legends


PARADOX (M.H.)    Poem Text    
First Line: Though out of sight now, and as 'twere not the least to us
Last Line: Yea indeed, may know well; even know thereof all.


PATHS OF FORMER TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: No; no / it must not be so
Last Line: By the summer paths we used to know!


PAYING CALLS    Poem Text    
First Line: I went by footpath and by stile
Last Line: But they spoke not to me.
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Dead, The


PENANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do you sit, o pale thin man ...'
Last Line: "freeze my touch; yes, freeze."


PLACES    Poem Text    
First Line: Nobody says: ah, that is the place
Last Line: But a vapid tale.


PLENA TIMORIS    Poem Text    
First Line: The lovers looked over the parapet-stone
Last Line: And her arm dropt from his as they wandered away.


POSTPONEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Snowbound in woodland, a mournful word
Last Line: "cheerily mating!"
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


PREMONITIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: The bell went heavy today
Last Line: Ah! I wonder who next it will be!


QUEEN CAROLINE TO HER GUESTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear friends, stay!
Last Line: Dear friends, stay!


QUID HIC AGIS?    Poem Text    
First Line: When I weekly knew
Last Line: What doest thou here?'
Subject(s): Time


RAIN ON A GRAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Clouds spout upon her / their waters amain
Last Line: All her life's round.
Subject(s): Graves; Mourning; Rain; Tombs; Tombstones; Bereavement


RAKE-HELL MUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes; since she knows not need
Last Line: Though I plumb hell.


READ BY MOONLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I paused to read a letter of hers
Last Line: By the moon's cold shine!


REGRET NOT ME    Poem Text    


REGRET NOT ME       


REMINISCES OF A DANCING MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Who now remember's almack's balls
Last Line: To a thunderous jullien air?
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


RETROSPECT    Poem Text    
First Line: I have lived with shades so long
Last Line: And told in vain!'


RETTY'S PHASES    Poem Text    
First Line: Retty used to shake her head
Last Line: Was so long ago!
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


REVULSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Though I waste watches framing words
Last Line: And my heart's table bear no woman's name.


ROME. AT THE PYRAMID OF CESTIUS NEAR THE GRAVES OF SHELLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Who, then, was cestius / and what is he to me?
Last Line: It is an ample fame.
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets; Rome, Italy; Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)


ROME. BUILDING A NEW STREET IN THE ANCIENT QUARTER    Poem Text    
First Line: These umbered cliffs and gnarls of masonry
Last Line: Once shamed all such in power of pier and groin.
Subject(s): Rome, Italy


ROME. THE VATICAN: SALA DELLE MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I sat in the muse's hall at the mid of the day
Last Line: Woo where thou wilt; and rejoice thou canst love at all!'
Subject(s): Rome, Italy; Vatican Palace


ROME: ON THE PALATINE    Poem Text    
First Line: We walked where victor jove was shrined awhile
Last Line: Till time seemed fiction, past and present one.
Subject(s): Rome, Italy


ROSE-ANN    Poem Text    
First Line: Why didn't you say you was promised, rose-ann
Last Line: As you in your scorning treat me!
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


ROYAL SPONSORS    Poem Text    
First Line: The king and the queen will stand to the child
Last Line: At the font that day.
Subject(s): Great Britain - Rulers


SACRED TO THE MEMORY       


SAN SEBASTIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Why, sergeant, stray on the ivel way'
Last Line: "should have brought me a daughter dear!"


SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE. 6. IN THE CEMETERY    Poem Text    
First Line: You see those mothers squabbling there?
Last Line: As anything else, to ease your pain!'
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Graveyards


SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 1. AT TEA    Poem Text    
First Line: The kettle descants in a cosy drone
Last Line: And he throws her a stray glance yearningly.
Subject(s): Desire; Love - Complaints; Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 10. IN THE NUPTIAL CHAMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: O that mastering tune!' and up in the bed
Last Line: And it's he I embrace while embracing you!'
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 11. IN THE RESTAURANT    Poem Text    
First Line: But hear, if you stay, and the child be born
Last Line: Let us go, and face it, and bear the shame.'
Subject(s): Children - Illegitimate; Love - Marital; Marriage; Birth - Out Of Wedlock; Bastards; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 12. AT THE DRAPER'S    Poem Text    
First Line: I stood at the back of the shop, my dear
Last Line: I left you to your adorning.'
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress


SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 13. ON THE DEATH-BED    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll tell - being past all praying for
Last Line: Though it be burning for evermore.'
Subject(s): Murder


SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 14. OVER THE COFFIN    Poem Text    
First Line: They stand confronting, the coffin between
Last Line: Had lived like the wives in the patriarchs' days.'
Variant Title(s): Over The Coffin
Subject(s): Mourning; Widows & Widowers; Bereavement


SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 2. IN CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: And now to god the father,' he ends
Last Line: That had moved the congregation so.
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 3. BY HER AUNT'S GRAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sixpence a week,' says the girl to her lover
Last Line: She passively nods. And they go that way.
Subject(s): Graves; Mourning; Selfishness; Tombs; Tombstones; Bereavement


SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 4. IN THE ROOM OF THE BRIDE-ELECT    Poem Text    
First Line: Would it had been the man of our wish!
Last Line: Good god - I must marry him I suppose!'
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 5. AT A WATERING-PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: They sit and smoke on the esplanade
Last Line: Well, bliss is in ignorance: what's the harm!'


SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 7. OUTSIDE THE WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: My stick!' he says, and turns in the lane
Last Line: And he steals off, leaving his stick unclaimed.


SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 8. IN THE STUDY    Poem Text    
First Line: He enters, and mute on the edge of a chair
Last Line: No household skeleton at all.
Subject(s): Books; Reading


SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 9. AT THE ALTAR-RAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: My bride is not coming, alas!' says the groom
Last Line: "I had eaten the apple ere you were weaned.""'"
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SAYING GOODBYE    Poem Text    
First Line: We are always saying
Last Line: "good-bye!"


SEEN BY THE WAITS    Poem Text    
First Line: Through snowy woods and shady
Last Line: We thought, but never said.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Widows & Widowers


SELF-UNCONSCIOUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Along the way
Last Line: That loomed with an immortal mien.


SEVENTY-FOUR AND TWENTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Here goes a man of seventy-four
Last Line: What earth's ingrained conditions are.
Subject(s): Old Age


SHE CHARGED ME    Poem Text    
First Line: She charged me with having said this and that
Last Line: Ere long, in our play of slave and queen.
Subject(s): Jealousy


SHE DID NOT TURN       


SHE HEARS THE STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a time in former years
Last Line: Which earth grants all her kind.
Subject(s): Storms


SHE OPENED THE DOOR       


SHE REVISITS ALONE THE CHURCH OF HER MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have come to the church and chancel
Last Line: Where all's the same.
Subject(s): Churches; Love - Marital; Marriage; Cathedrals; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SHE SAW HIM, SHE SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Why, I saw you with the sexton, out-side the church-door
Last Line: And she sank to musefulness


SHE WHO SAW NOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Did you see something within the house'
Last Line: As a vision what she had missed when the real beholding.


SHE, I AND THEY    Poem Text    
First Line: I was sitting
Last Line: And unable to keep up their sturdy line.'
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Heritage; Heredity


SHE, TO HIM: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: When you shall see me lined by tool of time
Last Line: The hand of friendship down life's sunless hill?


SHE, TO HIM: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps, long hence, when I have passed away
Last Line: A thought -- as I in yours but seem to be.
Variant Title(s): She, To Him (Ii)


SHE, TO HIM: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: I will be faithful to thee; aye, I will!
Last Line: And nothing left for love to look upon.


SHE, TO HIM: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: This love puts all humanity from me
Last Line: The more it shapes its moans in selfish-wise.


SHE; AT HIS FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: They bear him to his resting-place
Last Line: Whilst my regret consumes like fire!
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


SHELLEY'S SKYLARK    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere afield here something lies
Last Line: Ecstatic heights in thought and rhyme.
Subject(s): Italy; Poetry & Poets; Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822); Italians


SHORTENING DAYS AT THE HOMESTEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: The first fire since the summer is lit, and is smoking into the room
Last Line: His mill, and tubs, and vat, and press.


SHUT OUT THAT MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Close up the casement, draw the blind
Last Line: Too tart the fruit it brought!
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


SIDE BY SIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: So there sat they
Last Line: In their span of days.


SIGNS AND TOKENS    Poem Text    
First Line: Said the red-cloaked crone
Last Line: Of more takings away!'


SINE PROLE (MEDIEVAL LATIN SEQUENCE METRE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Forth from ages thick in mystery
Last Line: And its dice that fling no prize!


SINGING LOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I rowed: the dimpled tide was at the turn
Last Line: Joined in the song not now!


SITTING ON THE BRIDGE       


SNOW IN THE SUBURBS    Poem Text    
First Line: Every branch big with it
Last Line: And we take him in.
Subject(s): Snow; Suburbs


SO, TIME (THE SAME THOUGHT RESUMED)    Poem Text    
First Line: So, time
Last Line: Afar, yet close to us.


SOMETHING TAPPED    Poem Text    
First Line: Something tapped on the pane of my room
Last Line: Tapped at the pane for me.


SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The curtains now are drawn
Last Line: And death may come, but loving is divine.'
Subject(s): Love


SONG OF HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: O sweet to-morrow!
Last Line: Shines soon!
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


SONG OF THE SOLDIERS' WIVES AND SWEETHEARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: At last! In sight of home again
Last Line: But quicken it to prime!
Subject(s): Boer War; Women; South African War


SONG TO AN OLD BURDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The feet have left the wormholed flooring
Last Line: When phantoms call the tune!


SPECTRES THAT GRIEVE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not death that harrows us,' they lipped
Last Line: Until the new-year's dawn strode up the air.
Subject(s): Grief; Holidays; New Year; Sorrow; Sadness


ST. LAUNCE'S REVISITED    Poem Text    
First Line: Slip back, time!
Last Line: Ever into nought!


STARLINGS ON THE ROOF    Poem Text    
First Line: No smoke spreads out of this chimney-pot
Last Line: Till they move their last - no care to pack!'
Subject(s): Moving & Movers; Starlings


SUMMER SCHEMES    Poem Text    
First Line: When friendly summer calls again
Last Line: Of what another moon will bring!


SURVIEW: COGITAVI VIAS MEAS    Poem Text    
First Line: A cry from the green-grained sticks of the fire
Last Line: And my voice ceased talking to me.
Subject(s): Love


TEN YEARS SINCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis ten years since / I saw her on the stairs
Last Line: Those ten years since!
Subject(s): Time


TESS'S LAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I would that folk forgot me quite
Last Line: And gone all trace of me!


THAT MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The tragedy of that moment
Last Line: And knew that you were not!


THE ABBEY MASON (WITH MEMORIES OF JOHN HICKS, ARCHITECT)    Poem Text    
First Line: The new-vamped abbey shaped apace
Last Line: And upon nothing rear a name.
Subject(s): Architecture & Architects; Monasteries; Abbeys


THE ABSOLUTE EXPLAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: O no,' said it; 'her lifedoings
Last Line: "bruits as its name."


THE AEROLITE    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought a germ of consciousness
Last Line: Normal unawareness waits rebirth.


THE AGEING HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: When the walls were red
Last Line: While fiercely girds the wind at the long-limbed sycamore tree!
Subject(s): Houses


THE ALARM    Poem Text    
First Line: In a ferny byway
Last Line: "that thou hast helped in this!"


THE ANNOUNCEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: They came, the brothers, and took two chairs
Last Line: A spirit had passed.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE BACKGROUND AND THE FIGURE    Poem Text    
First Line: I think of the slope where the rabbits fed
Last Line: That also will flower there!


THE BALLET    Poem Text    
First Line: They crush together - a rustling heap of flesh
Last Line: Yet severed so many a mile!
Subject(s): Ballet; Dancing & Dancers


THE BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: O do not praise my beauty more
Last Line: My cheek begins to clam.
Subject(s): Beauty


THE BEDRIDDEN PEASANT; TO AN UNKNOWING GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Much wonder I - here long low-laid
Last Line: The mercies thou wouldst show!
Subject(s): Peasantry; Sickness; Illness


THE BEST SHE COULD    Poem Text    
First Line: Nine leaves a minute
Last Line: "granted her prime."
Subject(s): Summer


THE BIRD CATCHER'S BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Father, I fear your trade
Last Line: One sailor boy.


THE BLINDED BIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: So zestfully canst thou sing?
Last Line: Who is divine? This bird.
Subject(s): Birds


THE BLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: That no man schemed it is my hope
Last Line: It grieves me I did thus and thus!'


THE BRIDE-NIGHT FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: They had long met o'zundays - her true love and she
Last Line: "I stand as a maiden to-day!"
Variant Title(s): The Fire At Tranter Sweatley's


THE BRIDGE OF LODI    Poem Text    
First Line: When of tender mind and body
Last Line: Guesses why and what I sing!
Subject(s): Bridges; Napoleon I (1769-1821); War


THE BULLFINCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Brother bulleys, let us sing
Last Line: Where those be that sang of old.
Subject(s): Finches


THE BURGHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun had wheeled from grey's to dammer's crest
Last Line: "-- ""not mortal?"" said he. ""lingering -- worse,"" said I."


THE CAGED GOLDFINCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Within a churchyard, on a recent grave
Last Line: No one knew anything.
Subject(s): Birds; Goldfinches


THE CAGED THRUSH FREED AND HOME AGAIN; VILLANELLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Men know but little more then we
Last Line: How happy days are made to be.'
Subject(s): Birds; Happiness; Thrushes; Joy; Delight


THE CARICATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Of the lady lu there were stories told
Last Line: But few, or none, found out.


THE CARRIER    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a seat, I see, still empty?
Last Line: And night lay over all.


THE CASTERBRIDGE CAPTAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Three captains went to indian wars


THE CASUAL AQUAINTANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: While he was here with breath and bone
Last Line: Or point out where he lies.


THE CATCHING BALLET OF THE WEDDING CLOTHES    Poem Text    
First Line: A gentleman's coming
Last Line: Came thither again.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE CHANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the past there rises a week
Last Line: The heart whose sweet reverberances are all time leaves to me.


THE CHAPEL-ORGANIST    Poem Text    
First Line: I've been thinking it through, as I play here tonight, to play never again
Last Line: Not a soul from the seaport my birthplace -- will come, or bestow me. . . A tear.
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


THE CHEVAL-GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do you harbour that great cheval-glass
Last Line: Where my grave is to be.'
Subject(s): Glass & Glassblowers; Glaziers


THE CHILD AND THE SAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: You say, o sage, when weather-checked
Last Line: Makes reasonable a pain?


THE CHILDREN AND SIR NAMELESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sir nameless, once of athelhall, declared
Last Line: "who was this old stone man beneath our toes?"
Subject(s): Children; Mothers; Childhood


THE CHIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: That morning when I trod the town
Last Line: Though near to me.


THE CHIMES PLAY 'LIFE'S A BUMPER!'    Poem Text    
First Line: Awake! I'm off to cities far away
Last Line: Playing out 'life's a bumper!' there to me.


THE CHOIRMASTER'S BURIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: He often would ask us
Last Line: When he had grown old.
Subject(s): Choirs; Funerals; Mourning; Burials; Bereavement


THE CHOSEN    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman for whom great gods might strive!'
Last Line: Not one, but all combined.


THE CHRISTENING    Poem Text    
First Line: Whose child is this they bring
Last Line: Yea: sweet love's sepulchring!'
Subject(s): Baptism; Christenings


THE CHURCH AND THE WEDDING    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll restore this old church for our marriage
Last Line: And then no more.
Subject(s): Churches; Marriage; Cathedrals; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE CHURCH BUILDER    Poem Text    
First Line: The church flings forth a battled shade
Last Line: A cheaper gallows-tree!'
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


THE CLOCK OF THE YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: And the spirit said
Last Line: To mar the ordained.'


THE CLOCK-WINDER    Poem Text    
First Line: It is dark as a cave
Last Line: Kept his past out of view.


THE COLLECTOR CLEANS HIS PICTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: How I remember cleaning that strange picture!
Last Line: From the adjacent steeple.
Subject(s): Collectors & Collecting; Paintings & Painters


THE COLONEL'S SOLILOQUY    Poem Text    
First Line: The quay recedes. Hurrah! Ahead we go!
Last Line: Things may not be as then.'
Subject(s): Boer War; War; South African War


THE COLOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: What shall I bring you?'
Last Line: "and black will do."


THE COMET AT YELL'HAM    Poem Text    
First Line: It bends far over yell'ham plain
Last Line: On that sweet form of thine.
Subject(s): Comets


THE COMING OF THE END    Poem Text    
First Line: How it came to an end!
Last Line: Ere it came to an end.


THE CONFORMERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes; we'll wed, my little fay
Last Line: Sound parish views.'
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE CONTRETEMPS    Poem Text    
First Line: A forward rush by the lamp in the gloom
Last Line: Let peace lie on lulled lips: I will not say.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


THE CONVERGENCE OF THE TWAIN; LINES ON LOSS OF THE TITANIC    Poem Text    
First Line: In a solitude of the sea
Last Line: And consummation comes, and jars two hemispheres.
Subject(s): Disasters; Icebergs; Sea; Ships & Shipping; Shipwrecks; Titanic (Ship); Ocean


THE COQUETTE, AND AFTER; TRIOLETS    Poem Text    
First Line: For long the cruel wish I knew
Last Line: The woman - women always do!
Subject(s): Women


THE CORONATION    Poem Text    
First Line: At westminster, hid from the light of day
Last Line: Clamour dogs kingship; afterwards not so!'
Subject(s): George V, King Of England (1865-1936); Great Britain - Rulers


THE COUNTRY WEDDING (A FIDDLER'S STORY)    Poem Text    
First Line: Little fogs were gathered in every hollow
Last Line: And carried 'em there in an after year.
Subject(s): Fiddles; Marriage; Musical Instruments; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE CURATE'S KINDNESS (A WORKHOUSE IRONY)    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought they'd be strangers aroun' me
Last Line: At pummery or ten-hatches weir.


THE DAME OF ATHELHALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear! Shall I see thy face,' she said
Last Line: Than ever she was with me.'


THE DANCE AT THE PHOENIX    Poem Text    
First Line: To jenny came a gentle youth
Last Line: Twas saddest morn to see.


THE DARK-EYED GENTLEMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I pitched my day's leazings in crimmercrock lane
Last Line: That his daddy once tied up my garter for me!
Subject(s): Seduction


THE DARKLING THRUSH    Poem Text    
First Line: I leant upon a coppice gate
Last Line: And I was unaware.
Subject(s): Birds; Despair; Hope; Thrushes; Optimism


THE DAWN AFTER THE DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is your parents' dwelling with its curtained windows telling
Last Line: That the vows of man and maid are frail as filmy gossamere.
Subject(s): Courtship


THE DEAD AND THE LIVING ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead woman lay in her first night's grave
Last Line: There was a deeper gloom around.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE DEAD MAN WALKING    Poem Text    
First Line: They hail me as one living
Last Line: I live not now.


THE DEAD QUIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Beside the mead of memories
Last Line: The mead of memories.


THE DEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I plodded to fairmile hill-top, where
Last Line: To make her understand.


THE DEATH OF REGRET    Poem Text    
First Line: I opened my shutter at sunrise
Last Line: And wastes by the sycamore.


THE DIFFERENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sinking down by the gate I discern the thin moon
Last Line: Nor I find a joy in the scene or the tune.


THE DISCOVERY    Poem Text    
First Line: I wandered to a crude coast
Last Line: Where I burst on her my heart could not but follow.


THE DISSEMBLERS    Poem Text    
First Line: It was not you I came to please
Last Line: When daisies hid her head!


THE DIVISION    Poem Text    
First Line: Rain on the windows, creaking doors
Last Line: And longer than the years!
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


THE DOLLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Whenever you dress me dolls, mammy
Last Line: But one I love too well.'
Subject(s): Dolls; Toys


THE DREAM IS - WHICH?    Poem Text    
First Line: I am laughing by the brook with her
Last Line: To find her, I knew where.


THE DREAM-FOLLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: A dream of mine flew over the mead
Last Line: And I whitely hastened away.
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


THE DUEL    Poem Text    
First Line: I am here to time, you see
Last Line: He's clay, and we are free.'
Subject(s): Duels


THE DYNASTS: 3. ACT SIXTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The village of beaumont stands in the centre foreground
Subject(s): Great Britain - Relations With France; Napoleon I (1769-1821); Science; Waterloo; Scientists; Battle Of Waterloo


THE ECHO ELF ANSWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: How much shall I love her?
Last Line: "earth-hewn."


THE ELOPEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman never agreed to it!' said my knowing friend to me
Last Line: And now she is rich and respectable, and time has buried the past.
Subject(s): Time; Women


THE END OF THE EPISODE    Poem Text    
First Line: Indulge no more may we
Last Line: Than thoroughfares of stones.
Subject(s): Love; Love - Loss Of


THE ENEMY'S PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: He saw the portrait of his enemy, offered
Last Line: I thought they were the bitterest enemies?'
Subject(s): Enemies; Hate; Portraits


THE FACE AT THE CASEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: If ever joy leave
Last Line: Cruel as the grave!
Subject(s): Jealousy


THE FADED FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: How was this I did not see
Last Line: Sorrow-wrung!
Subject(s): Faces; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


THE FADING ROSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw a rose, in bloom, but sad
Last Line: "tis there I have laid her and trod her in.'"
Subject(s): Flowers; Roses; Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


THE FAITHFUL SWALLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: When summer shone
Last Line: Too late to go!


THE FALLOW DEER AT THE LONELY HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: One without looks in tonight
Last Line: Fourfooted, tiptoe.
Subject(s): Deer


THE FARM-WOMAN'S WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: If seasons all were summers
Last Line: And what I love not, brings.
Subject(s): Farm Life; Winter; Agriculture; Farmers


THE FIDDLER    Poem Text    
First Line: The fiddler knows what's brewing
Last Line: By my sweet viol and bow!'
Subject(s): Violins


THE FIGHT ON DURNOVER MOOR (183-)    Poem Text    
First Line: We'd loved, we two, some while
Last Line: Of hers, at botany bay.


THE FIGURE IN THE SCENE    Poem Text    
First Line: It pleased her to step in front and sit
Last Line: Ever since that day.


THE FIVE STUDENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sparrow dips in his wheel-rut bath
Last Line: The rest - anon.
Subject(s): Schools; Students


THE FLOWER'S TRAGEDY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the bedchamber window, near the glass
Last Line: Of the flower's fate; nor it of her own.


THE FORBIDDEN BANNS; A BALLAD OF THE EIGHTEEN-THIRTIES    Poem Text    
First Line: O what's the gain, my worthy sir
Last Line: By whom the deed was done.
Subject(s): Courtship


THE FROZEN GREENHOUSE (ST. JULIOT)    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a frost
Last Line: And knows it not.
Subject(s): Frost; Greenhouses


THE GARDEN SEAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Its former green is blue and thin
Last Line: They are as light as upper air!
Subject(s): Consolation; Ghosts; Supernatural


THE GHOST OF THE PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: We two kept house, the past and I
Last Line: Dimming as days draw by.


THE GLIMPSE    Poem Text    
First Line: She sped through the door
Last Line: But she still keeps away!
Subject(s): Ghosts; Mourning; Supernatural; Bereavement


THE GOING    Poem Text    
First Line: Why did you give no hint that night
Last Line: Not even I - would undo me so!
Subject(s): Death; Gifford, Emma Lavinia; Life Change Events; Marriage; Dead, The; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE GOING OF THE BATTERY; WIVES' LAMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: O it was sad enough, weak enough, mad enough
Last Line: Wait we, in trust, what time's fulness shall show.
Subject(s): Boer War; South African War


THE GRAVEYARD OF DEAD CREEDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I lit upon the graveyard of dead creeds
Last Line: "the melancholy marching of the years."


THE HARBOUR BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: From here, the quay, one looks above to mark
Last Line: Or any other lives.


THE HARVEST-SUPPER (CIRCA 1850)    Poem Text    
First Line: Nell and the other maids danced their best
Last Line: "mourned nell; ""and never wed!"
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Spinsters; Old Maids


THE HAUNTER    Poem Text    
First Line: He does not think that I haunt here nightly
Last Line: And to bring peace thereto.


THE HEAD ABOVE THE FOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Something do I see
Last Line: To a last tryst with me.


THE HIGH SCHOOL LAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Gray prinked with rose
Last Line: With them, -- with me.


THE HISTORY OF AN HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: Vain is the wish to try rhyming it, writing it!
Last Line: So catch that hour!
Subject(s): Time


THE HOMECOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: Gruffly growled the wind on toller downland broad and bare
Last Line: And ye'll soon forget to sock and sigh for dear daddee!'
Subject(s): Homecoming


THE HOUSE OF HOSPITALITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Here we broached the christmas barrel
Last Line: Who smile on me.
Subject(s): Hospitality


THE HOUSE OF SILENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: That is a quiet place
Last Line: An aion in an hour.'


THE HUSBAND'S VIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: Can anything avail
Last Line: To maids, is a useful thing!'
Subject(s): Birth; Conception; Child Birth; Midwifery


THE IMPERCIPIENT (AT A CATHEDRAL SERVICE)    Poem Text    
First Line: That with this bright believing band
Last Line: About us. Rest shall we.
Subject(s): Agnosticism; Religion; Theology


THE INCONSISTENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I say, 'she was as good as fair!'
Last Line: Would I had died for thee!'


THE INSCRIPTION (A TALE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Sir john was etombed, and the crypt was closed, and she
Last Line: Themselves in prayer.


THE INTERLOPER    Poem Text    
First Line: There are three folk driving in a quaint old chaise
Last Line: Would, would it could not be there!


THE IVY-WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: I longed to love a full-boughed beech
Last Line: And in his fall felled me!


THE JUBILEE OF A MAGAZINE (TO THE EDITOR)    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes; your up-dated modern page
Last Line: But too much, this, for fifty years.
Subject(s): Magazines


THE KING'S EXPERIMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a wet wan hour in spring
Last Line: Funereal gloom and cold.'


THE LACKING SENSE    Poem Text    
First Line: O time, whence comes the mother's moody look amid her labours
Last Line: For thou art of her clay.'


THE LADY OF FOREBODINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: What do you so regard, my lady ...'
Last Line: "to muse upon."


THE LAMENT OF THE LOOKING-GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Words from the mirror softly pass
Last Line: "so sweet a flower as she."
Subject(s): Mirrors


THE LAST CHRYSANTHEMUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should this flower delay so long
Last Line: By the great face behind.
Subject(s): Chrysanthemums; Flowers


THE LAST LEAF    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees throng thick above
Last Line: "yes: I forgot."
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


THE LAST PERFORMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am playing my oldest tunes,' declared she
Last Line: And wondered how she knew.


THE LAST SIGNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Silently I footed by an uphill road
Last Line: As with a wave of his hand.
Subject(s): Barnes, William (1801-1886); Poetry & Poets


THE LAST TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: The kiss had been given and taken
Last Line: And I stood looking thereon.


THE LATER AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Gone are the lovers, under the bush
Last Line: A robin looks on.


THE LEVELLED CHURCHYARD    Poem Text    
First Line: O passenger, pray list and catch / our sighs and piteous groans
Last Line: Deliver us o lord! Amen!'


THE LITTLE OLD TABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Creak, little wood thing, creak
Last Line: This creak from long ago.


THE LOST PYX; A MEDIAEVAL LEGEND    Poem Text    
First Line: Some say the spot is banned: that the pillar cross-and-hand
Last Line: That midnight miracle.
Subject(s): Monuments


THE MAID OF KEINTON MANDEVILLE (A TRIBUTE TO SIR. H. BISHOP)    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear that maiden still
Last Line: Should he upbraid!'


THE MAN HE KILLED    Poem Text    
First Line: Had he and I but met
Last Line: "or help to half-a-crown."
Subject(s): Enemies; Murder; Soldiers; War


THE MAN WHO FORGOT    Poem Text    
First Line: At a lonely cross where bye-roads met
Last Line: To meet her in that bower.
Subject(s): Forgetfulness


THE MAN WITH A PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: There was merry-making
Last Line: One on me.


THE MARBLE TABLET    Poem Text    
First Line: There it stands, though alas what a little of her
Last Line: With silence on what shone behind.


THE MARBLE-STREETED TOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: I reach the marble-streeted town
Last Line: Has heard her name.


THE MASKED FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: I found me in a great surging space
Last Line: Because they were past its ken.'


THE MASTER AND THE LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: We are budding, master, budding
Last Line: Is too sunk in to say!'


THE MEMORIAL BRASS: 186-    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do you weep there, o sweet lady
Last Line: - 'madam, I swear your beauty will disarm him!'


THE MILESTONE BY THE RABBIT-BURROW (ON YELL'HAM HILL)    Poem Text    
First Line: In my loamy nook
Last Line: Where no gins are?


THE MILKMAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Under a daisied bank
Last Line: If fred would not prefer that other one.
Subject(s): Milk; Milkmen; Milkmaids


THE MINUTE BEFORE MEETING    Poem Text    
First Line: The grey gaunt days dividing us in twain
Last Line: A full-up measure of felicity.


THE MISSED TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: How I was caught / hieing home, after days of allure
Last Line: Then in me: now in these.


THE MOCK WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: It's a dark drama, this, and yet I know the house, and date
Last Line: And they seemed to make no question that the cheat was justified.


THE MONTH'S CALENDAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Tear off the calendar
Last Line: Aught ever to me!


THE MONUMENT-MAKER    Poem Text    
First Line: I chiselled her monument
Last Line: Yet I hoped not quite, in her very innermost!
Subject(s): Monuments


THE MOON LOOKS IN    Poem Text    
First Line: I have risen again
Last Line: And the women sour!'
Subject(s): Moon


THE MOTH-SIGNAL (ON EGDON HEATH)    Poem Text    
First Line: What are you still, still thinking
Last Line: In these days as in mine!'


THE MOTHER MOURNS    Poem Text    
First Line: When mid-autumn's moan shook the night-time
Last Line: Is heard not again!'
Subject(s): Mothers; Mourning; Bereavement


THE MUSICAL BOX    Poem Text    
First Line: Lifelong to be
Last Line: I did not see.
Subject(s): Music Box


THE NETTLES    Poem Text    
First Line: This, then, is the grave of my son
Last Line: Who spurned me for seeing what he could not see.
Subject(s): Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


THE NEW TOY    Poem Text    
First Line: She cannot leave it alone
Last Line: May so be inclined to believe.
Subject(s): Toys


THE NEWCOMER'S WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: He paused on the sill of a door ajar
Last Line: Found him with crabs upon his face.


THE NIGHT OF THE DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The cold moon hangs to the sky by its horn
Last Line: My vows as we wheel around.
Subject(s): Courtship


THE NIGHT OF TRAFALGAR    Poem Text    
First Line: In the wild october night-time, when the wind raved round the land
Last Line: That night at trafalgar!
Subject(s): Trafalgar, Battle Of


THE NOBLE LADY'S TALE (CIRCA 1790)    Poem Text    
First Line: We moved with pensive paces
Last Line: That go she did. She knew her actor best.


THE OBLITERATE TOMB    Poem Text    
First Line: More than half my life long
Last Line: Told in their day.'
Subject(s): Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


THE OCCULTATION    Poem Text    
First Line: When the cloud shut down on the morning shine
Last Line: Live on somewhere?


THE OLD GOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: I have seen her in gowns the brightest
Last Line: "shall I see his face again?"
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


THE OLD NEIGHBOUR AND THE NEW    Poem Text    
First Line: Twas to greet the new rector I called here
Last Line: Or him who but entered yestreen.


THE OLD WORKMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Why are you so bent down before your time
Last Line: "when I lie underground."
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Old Age; Work; Workers


THE OPPORTUNITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Forty springs back, I recall
Last Line: Its offer; but nought avails it!


THE ORPHANED OLD MAID    Poem Text    
First Line: I wanted to marry, but father said, 'no
Last Line: And nobody flings me a thought or a care.
Subject(s): Spinsters; Old Maids


THE OXEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Christmas eve, and twelve of the clock
Last Line: Hoping it might be so.
Subject(s): Animals; Christianity; Christmas; Mythology; Oxen; Nativity, The


THE PAIR HE SAW PASS    Poem Text    
First Line: O sad man, now a long dead man
Last Line: Or what you thought was so.


THE PAPHIAN BALL; ANOTHER CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE OF THE MELLSTOCK QUIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: We went our christmas rounds once more
Last Line: I give it for what it may be worth.
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


THE PASSER-BY (L.H. RECALLS HER ROMANCE)    Poem Text    
First Line: He used to pass, well-trimmed and brushed
Last Line: And disappear!
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


THE PAT OF BUTTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Once, at the agricultural show
Last Line: "and, ""this is the best,"" I cried."


THE PEACE PEAL (AFTER FOUR YEARS OF SILENCE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Said a wistful daw in saint peter's tower
Last Line: Or lower, of pens and politics.
Subject(s): Peace; World War I; First World War


THE PEACE-OFFERING    Poem Text    
First Line: It was but a little thing
Last Line: Through the mind!


THE PEASANT'S CONFESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Good father! ... It was eve in middle june
Last Line: Entreat the lord for me!


THE PEDESTRIAN; AN INCIDENT OF 1883    Poem Text    
First Line: Sir, will you let me give you a ride
Last Line: Through an unconscienced trick of time!
Subject(s): Philosophy & Philosophers


THE PEDIGREE    Poem Text    
First Line: I bent in the deep of night
Last Line: And the stained moon and drift retook their places there.
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Heritage; Heredity


THE PHANTOM    Poem Text    
First Line: That was once her casement
Last Line: Wish thy ghost away.
Variant Title(s): In The Mind's Eye


THE PHANTOM HORSEWOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Queer are the ways of a man I know
Last Line: Draws rein and sings to the swing of the tide.
Subject(s): Love; Supernatural


THE PHOTOGRAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: The flame crept up the portrait line by line
Last Line: If in heaven, did she smile at me sadly and shake her head?
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers


THE PINE PLANTERS (MARTY SOUTH'S REVERIE)    Poem Text    
First Line: We work here together
Last Line: We pass away.
Subject(s): Pine Trees


THE PINK FROCK    Poem Text    
First Line: O my pretty pink frock
Last Line: And not so cheated!'
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Mourning; Bereavement


THE PITY OF IT    Poem Text    
First Line: I walked in loamy wessex lanes afar
Last Line: And their brood perish everlastingly.'
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE PLACE ON THE MAP    Poem Text    
First Line: I look upon the map that hangs by me
Last Line: And its episode comes back in pantomime.
Subject(s): Maps


THE PROBLEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Shall we conceal the case, or tell it
Last Line: Humanity's joy and pain.


THE PROSPECT    Poem Text    
First Line: The twigs of the birch imprint the december sky
Last Line: Whither I would go!


THE PROTEAN MAID (SONG)    Poem Text    
First Line: This single girl is two girls
Last Line: "with kisses swift and slow."


THE PUZZLED GAME-BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: They are not those who used to feed us
Last Line: When we were young - they cannot be!
Subject(s): Birds


THE RAMBLER    Poem Text    
First Line: I do not see the hills around
Last Line: And now perceived too late by me!


THE RASH BRIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: We christmas-carolled down the vale, and up the vale, and round the vale
Last Line: We sang the ninetieth psalm to her - set to saint stephen's tune.


THE RE-ENACTMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Between the folding sea-downs
Last Line: On that strange night, or was it some wrecked heart indeed?


THE RECALCITRANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Let us off and search, and find a place
Last Line: Well, let us away, scorned, unexplained.


THE REJECTED MEMBER'S WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: We shall see her no more
Last Line: And that chestnut hair.
Subject(s): Politics & Government


THE REMINDER    Poem Text    
First Line: While I watch the christmas blaze
Last Line: Do you make me notice you!
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


THE RESPECTABLE BURGHER, ON 'THE HIGHER CRITICISM'    Poem Text    
First Line: Since reverend doctors now declare
Last Line: And read that moderate man voltaire.
Subject(s): Bible; Public Worship; Religion; Church Attendance; Theology


THE REVISITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: As I lay awake at night-time
Last Line: Love is lame at fifty years.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints; Time


THE RIDDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Stretching eyes west
Last Line: Does she allow.


THE RIFT    Poem Text    
First Line: Twas just at gnat and cob-web time
Last Line: And cobweb-time.


THE RIVAL    Poem Text    
First Line: I determined to find out whose it was
Last Line: Would work so foolishly!
Subject(s): Jealousy


THE ROBIN    Poem Text    
First Line: When up aloft / I fly and fly
Last Line: Feathery ball!
Subject(s): Robins


THE ROMAN GRAVEMOUNDS    Poem Text    
First Line: By rome's dim relics there walks a man
Last Line: Yet its mourner's mood has a charm for me.
Subject(s): Graves; Rome, Italy; Tombs; Tombstones


THE ROMAN ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: The roman road runs straight and bare
Last Line: The roman road.
Subject(s): Roads; Paths; Trails


THE ROVER COME HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: He's journeyed through america
Last Line: And lies in the churchyard near.


THE RUINED MAID    Poem Text    
First Line: O 'melia, my dear, this does everything crown!
Last Line: Cannot quite expect that. You ain't ruined,' said she.
Subject(s): Irony; Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


THE SACRILEGE; A BALLAD-TRAGEDY    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a love I love too well
Last Line: Until his judgment-time.


THE SAILOR'S MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: O whence do you come ...'
Last Line: "and the salt fog mops me. And nobody's come!"


THE SATIN SHOES    Poem Text    
First Line: If ever I walk to church to wed
Last Line: Like flute-notes softly blown.
Subject(s): Marriage; Shoes; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


THE SCHRECKHORN    Poem Text    
First Line: Aloof, as if a thing of mood and whim
Last Line: When dawn that calls the climber dyes them rose?
Subject(s): Stephen, Sir Leslie (1832-1904)


THE SEA FIGHT; IN MEMORIAM CAPTAIN PROWSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Down went the grand 'queen mary'
Last Line: With his comrades all around.
Subject(s): Sea Battles; World War I; Naval Warfare; First World War


THE SEASONS OF HER YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Winter is white on turf and tree
Last Line: Alone - alone!
Subject(s): Seasons


THE SECOND NIGHT; BALLAD    Poem Text    
First Line: I missed one night, but the next I went
Last Line: Shot through the firmament.


THE SELF-UNSEEING    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is the ancient floor
Last Line: Yet we were looking away!
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


THE SELFSAME SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: A bird sings the selfsame song
Last Line: That song with me.
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Songs


THE SERGEANT'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: When lawyer's strive to heal a breach
Last Line: Rollicum-rorum, tol-lol-lay!
Subject(s): Soldiers


THE SEVEN TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: The dark was thick. A boy he seemed at that time
Last Line: Beside me there.


THE SEXTON AT LONGPUDDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: He passes down the churchyard track
Last Line: To shape their cell.


THE SHADOW ON THE STONE    Poem Text    
First Line: I went by the druid stone
Last Line: My head unturned lest my dream should fade.
Subject(s): Shadows


THE SHEEP BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: A yawning, sunned concave
Last Line: Are viewless -- folded into those creeping scrolls of white.


THE SHIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Five long clangs from the house-clock nigh
Last Line: "I seek her again; and I love you not now."


THE SICK BATTLE-GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: In days when men found joy in war
Last Line: The battle-god is god no more.
Subject(s): Boer War; South African War


THE SIGH    Poem Text    
First Line: Little head against my shoulder
Last Line: That she sighed.
Subject(s): Sighs


THE SINGING WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a singing woman
Last Line: And there was none to heed.


THE SIX BOARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Six boards belong to me
Last Line: Or furthest stars.


THE SLEEP-WORKER    Poem Text    
First Line: When wilt thou wake, o mother, wake and see
Last Line: Or patiently adjust, amend, and heal?


THE SLOW NATURE (AN INCIDENT OF FROOM VALLEY)    Poem Text    
First Line: Thy husband - poor, poor heart! - is dead!
Last Line: And laughed in his ancient way.


THE SOMETHING THAT SAVED HIM    Poem Text    
First Line: It was when / whirls of thick water laved me
Last Line: And sang.


THE SOULS OF THE SLAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The thick lids of night closed upon me
Last Line: Sea-mutterings and me.
Subject(s): Boer War; South African War


THE SPELL OF THE ROSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I mean to build a hall anon
Last Line: Too late to tell me so!
Subject(s): Flowers; Roses


THE SPRING CALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Down wessex way, when spring's a-shine
Last Line: To call is 'pret-ty de-urr!'
Subject(s): Country Life


THE STATUE OF LIBERTY    Poem Text    
First Line: This statue of liberty, busy man
Last Line: In the dens of vice had died.
Subject(s): Statues


THE STRANGE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear the piano playing'
Last Line: "knew joy, or despair."


THE STRANGER'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: O my trade it is the rarest one
Last Line: And on his soul may god ha' mer-cy!


THE SUBALTERNS    Poem Text    
First Line: Poor wanderer,' said the leaden sky
Last Line: They owned their passiveness.
Subject(s): Predestination


THE SUN ON THE BOOKCASE (STUDENT'S LOVE-SONG: 1870)    Poem Text    
First Line: Once more the cauldron of the sun
Last Line: Will be mine alway?
Subject(s): Love


THE SUN ON THE LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I drew the letter out, while gleamed
Last Line: Expressed with their own ardency!
Subject(s): Letters


THE SUN'S LAST LOOK ON THE COUNTRY GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun threw down a radiant spot
Last Line: That met so many a day?
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE SUNDIAL ON A WET DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I drip, drip here
Last Line: My trade declare.


THE SUNSHADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah - it's the skeleton of a lady's sunshade
Last Line: The vain things thought when she flourished this?
Subject(s): Umbrellas


THE SUPERSEDED    Poem Text    
First Line: As newer comers crowd the fore
Last Line: Too, drop behind?
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Old Age; Work; Workers


THE SUPPLANTER; A TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: He bends his travel-tarnished feet
Last Line: From her beseeching eyes.


THE SWEET HUSSY    Poem Text    
First Line: In his early days he was quite surprised
Last Line: That she was the wicked one - he the good.
Subject(s): Promiscuity


THE TELEGRAM    Poem Text    
First Line: O he's suffering - maybe dying - and I not there to aid
Last Line: Ere a woman held me slave.


THE TEMPORARY THE ALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Change and chancefulness in my flowering youthtime
Last Line: Never transcended!


THE TENANT-FOR-LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun said, watching my watering-pot
Last Line: Are dead men out of mind!'


THE THING UNPLANNED    Poem Text    
First Line: The white winter sun struck its stroke on the bridge
Last Line: Of the thing that I did -- the thing better!


THE TO-BE-FORGOTTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard a small sad sound
Last Line: And seeing it we mourn.'
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


THE TORN LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I tore your letter into strips
Last Line: But that, thank god, you do not know.
Subject(s): Letters; Love - Loss Of


THE TREE AND THE LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: I have done all I could
Last Line: Gone is she, scorning my bough!
Subject(s): Trees


THE TREE; AN OLD MAN'S STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Its roots are bristling in the air
Last Line: Twas said for love of me.
Subject(s): Love; Trees


THE TRESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: When the air was damp
Last Line: Or sun uphold!'
Subject(s): Hair


THE TURNIP-HOER    Poem Text    
First Line: Of tides that toss the souls of men
Last Line: "yet it is like his name."


THE TWO HOUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: In the heart of night
Last Line: "and print on thee their presences as on me."


THE TWO MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: There were two youths of equal age
Last Line: "these men were like in all they did."


THE TWO ROSALINDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The dubious daylight ended
Last Line: Beat up a merry tune.


THE TWO SOLDIERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Just at the corner of the wall
Last Line: Its tragic shadow there.
Subject(s): Soldiers


THE TWO WIVES (SMOKER'S CLUB STORY)    Poem Text    
First Line: I waited at home all the while they were boating together
Last Line: "and it's just the same thing, don't you see."
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


THE UNBORN    Poem Text    
First Line: I rose at night, and visited
Last Line: By the all-immanent will.


THE UPPER BIRCH-LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Warm yellowy-green
Last Line: You may forget!'


THE VAMPIRINE FAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Gilbert had sailed to india's shore
Last Line: He darked my cottage door.'


THE VOICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Woman much missed, how you call to me, call to me
Last Line: And the woman calling.
Subject(s): Absence; Death; Longing; Love; Memory; Mourning; Separation; Isolation; Dead, The; Bereavement


THE VOICE OF THE THORN    Poem Text    
First Line: When the thorn on the down
Last Line: A heart, and by thee.'
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


THE VOICE OF THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Forty augusts - aye, and several more - ago
Last Line: Prayer denied.


THE WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: You did not walk with me
Last Line: Of the look of a room on returning thence.


THE WANDERER    Poem Text    
First Line: There is nobody on the road
Last Line: And all night.


THE WEARY WALKER    Poem Text    
First Line: A plain in front of me
Last Line: Ever the road!
Subject(s): Walking


THE WEDDING MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Tabitha dressed for her wedding
Last Line: "she can have him. I shall not mourn!"
Subject(s): Children - Illegitimate; Marriage; Birth - Out Of Wedlock; Bastards; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE WELL-BELOVED    Poem Text    
First Line: I went by star and planet shine
Last Line: And left a waste within.


THE WEST-OF-WESSEX GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: A very west-of wessex-girl
Last Line: We never were to go!


THE WHIPPER-IN    Poem Text    
First Line: My father was the whipper-in
Last Line: "for scaring, as 'tis old."


THE WHITEWASHED WALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Why does she turn in that shy soft way
Last Line: To him under his sheet of white.


THE WIDOW BETROTHED    Poem Text    
First Line: I passed the lodge and avenue
Last Line: She smiled as maid on me!
Subject(s): Widows & Widowers


THE WIND BLEW WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind blew words along the skies
Last Line: To kill, break, or suppress.


THE WIND'S PROPHECY    Poem Text    
First Line: I travel on by barren farms
Last Line: Thy love is one thou'st not yet known.'
Subject(s): Wind


THE WISTFUL LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: Love, while you were away there came to me
Last Line: But show her not to me.


THE WOMAN I MET    Poem Text    
First Line: A stranger, I threaded sunken-hearted
Last Line: She turned and thinned away.
Subject(s): Death; Women; Dead, The


THE WOMAN IN THE RYE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do you stand in the dripping rye
Last Line: Wrapt in a peace withheld from me!'
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


THE WOOD FIRE; A FRAGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: This is a brightsome blaze you've lit, goodfriend, tonight!'
Last Line: "and it's worthless for much else, what with cuts and stains thereon."


THE WORKBOX    Poem Text    
First Line: See, here's the workbox, little wife
Last Line: But known of what he died.
Subject(s): Death; Wood; Dead, The


THE WOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: I climbed to the crest
Last Line: That it pierced me through.


THE YEAR'S AWAKENING    Poem Text    
First Line: How do you know that the pilgrim track
Last Line: How do you know?
Subject(s): Spring


THE YOUNG CHURCHWARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: When he lit the candles there
Last Line: To understand!'
Subject(s): Clergy; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops


THE YOUNG GLASS-STAINER    Poem Text    
First Line: These gothic windows, how they wear me out
Last Line: Mary, and think of aphrodite's form.'
Subject(s): Architecture & Architects; Glass & Glassblowers; Labor & Laborers; Paintings & Painters; Glaziers; Work; Workers


THE YOUTH WHO CARRIED A LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw him pass as the new day dawned
Last Line: And thence on infinitely?
Subject(s): Light


THEN AND NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: When battles were fought
Last Line: Stab first.'
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THERE SEEMED A STRANGENESS; A PHANTASY    Poem Text    
First Line: There seemed a strangeness in the air
Last Line: "the great adjustment is taking place."


THEY WOULD NOT COME    Poem Text    
First Line: I travelled to where in her lifetime
Last Line: And bruised the heart of me!


THIS SUMMER AND LAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Unhappy summer you / who do not see
Last Line: Know what it knew!
Subject(s): Summer


THOUGHTS OF PHENA AT NEWS OF HER DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Not a line of her writing have I
Last Line: I may picture her there.
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Sparks, Tryphena


TIMING HER    Poem Text    
First Line: Lalage's coming
Last Line: Here's lalage!


TO A LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that my page upcloses, doomed, maybe
Last Line: And then surcease. Truth will be truth alway.


TO A LADY PLAYING AND SINGING IN THE MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Joyful lady, sing!
Last Line: My idled morn may comfort me!


TO A MOTHERLESS CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, child, thou art but half thy darling mother's
Last Line: But one's alone!
Subject(s): Orphans; Foundlings


TO A SEA-CLIFF (DURLSTON HEAD)    Poem Text    
First Line: Lend me an ear
Last Line: Between them lay a sword.


TO A WELL-NAMED DWELLING    Poem Text    
First Line: Glad old house of lichened stonework
Last Line: While they stand.


TO AN ACTRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I read your name when you were strange to me
Last Line: To springs that then were sealed up utterly?
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Actresses


TO AN IMPERSONATOR OF ROSALIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Did he who drew her in the years ago
Last Line: The 'very, very rosalind' indeed!


TO AN UNBORN PAUPER CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Breathe not, hid heart: cease silently
Last Line: Joys seldom yet attained by humankind!
Subject(s): Poverty


TO C.F.H.; ON HER CHRISTENING-DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Fair caroline, I wonder what
Last Line: Good things with glad. . . . Yes, caroline!
Subject(s): Baptism; Christenings


TO CARREY CLAVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: You turn your back, you turn your back
Last Line: Yes, carrey, yes; I know!


TO FLOWERS FROM ITALY IN WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunned in the south, and here today
Last Line: To tell man whence you came.
Subject(s): Flowers; Italy; Italians


TO LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: O life with the sad seared face
Last Line: I feign, I shall believe!
Subject(s): Life


TO LIZBIE BROWNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear lizbie browne / where are you now?
Last Line: Yes, lizbie browne!
Subject(s): Love; Mourning; Bereavement


TO MEET, OR OTHERWISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whether to sally and see thee, girl of my dreams
Last Line: Amid the spheres, as part of sick life's antidote.


TO MY FATHER'S VIOLIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Does he want you down there
Last Line: Your present dumbness, shape your olden story.
Subject(s): Fathers; Violins


TO OUTER NATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Show thee as I thought thee
Last Line: Passed the hodiernal!


TO SHAKESPEARE; AFTER THREE HUNDRED YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Bright baffling soul, least capturable of themes
Last Line: Lodged there a radiant guest, and sped for ever thence.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Dramatists


TO SINCERITY    Poem Text    
First Line: O sweet sincerity!
Last Line: And life its disesteeming.
Subject(s): Sincerity


TO THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: What have you looked at, moon
Last Line: As I go.'
Subject(s): Moon


TOLERANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a foolish thing,' said I
Last Line: To linger in the shadows there.


TRAGEDIAN TO TRAGEDIENNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Shall I leave you behind me
Last Line: Yes: end them: I not there to succour you.


TRANSFORMATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Portion of this yew
Last Line: That made them what they were!
Subject(s): Reincarnation; Transmigration; Pretas


TWO LIPS    Poem Text    
First Line: I kissed them in fancy as I came
Last Line: She did not know.
Subject(s): Kisses


TWO SERENADES: 1. ON CHRISTMAS EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Late on christmas eve, in the street alone
Last Line: She did not come.
Subject(s): Christmas; Love - Complaints; Nativity, The


TWO SERENADES: 2. A YEAR LATER    Poem Text    
First Line: I skimmed the strings; I sang quite low
Last Line: Sick I withdrew.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


UNDER HIGH-STOY HILL    Poem Text    
First Line: Four climbed high-stoy from ivelwards
Last Line: Yet speak not of what lies behind.


UNDER THE WATERFALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Whenever I plunge my arm, like this
Last Line: In turns therefrom sipped lovers' wine.'
Subject(s): Rivers; Waterfalls


UNKNOWING    Poem Text    
First Line: When, soul in soul reflected
Last Line: I feel and know!


UNREALIZED    Poem Text    
First Line: Down comes the winter rain
Last Line: Mother won't know.


V.R. 1819-1901; A REVERIE    Poem Text    
First Line: The mightiest moments pass uncalendered
Last Line: Till ripening years have run.
Subject(s): Victoria, Queen Of England (1819-1901)


VAGG HOLLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: What do you see in vagg hollow
Last Line: "but I'm not afraid at all!"
Subject(s): Swamps; Bogs; Fens; Marshes


VAGRANT'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: When a dark-eyed dawn
Last Line: As a house of a thousand pound!


VALENCIENNES    Poem Text    
First Line: We trenched, we trumpeted and drummed
Last Line: As we did valencieen!


VOICES FROM THINGS GROWING IN A CHURCHYARD    Poem Text    
First Line: These flowers are I , poor fanny hurd, / sir or madam
Last Line: All night eerily!


WAGTAIL AND BABY    Poem Text    
First Line: A baby watched a ford, whereto
Last Line: The baby fell a-thinking.
Subject(s): Babies; Birds; Wagtails; Infants


WAITING - BOTH    Poem Text    
First Line: A star looks down at me
Last Line: "so mean I."
Subject(s): Stars; Time; Transience; Impermanence


WE SAT AT THE WINDOW (BOURNEMOUTH, 1875)    Poem Text    
First Line: We sat at the window looking out
Last Line: When the rain came down.


WEATHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the weather the cuckoo likes
Last Line: And so do I.
Subject(s): Birds; Rain


WELCOME HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Back to my native place
Last Line: And I was left in the frosty lane.


WESSEX HEIGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: There are some heights in wessex, shaped as if by a kindly hand
Last Line: And ghosts then keep their distance; and I know some liberty.
Subject(s): Mountains; Wessex, England; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


WHAT DID IT MEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: What did it mean that noontide, when
Last Line: Which still the haunting first deranged?


WHAT'S THERE TO TELL       


WHEN DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: It will be much better when
Last Line: Be waiting you.


WHEN I SET OUT FOR LYONNESSE    Poem Text    


WHEN I SET OUT FOR LYONNESSE       


WHEN OATS WERE REAPED    Poem Text    
First Line: That day when oats were reaped, and wheat was ripe, and barley ripening
Last Line: Nor a bill of any bird; and no response accorded she.


WHERE THE PICNIC WAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where we made the fire
Last Line: For evermore
Subject(s): Picnics; Barbecues


WHERE THEY LIVED    Poem Text    
First Line: Dishevelled leaves creep down
Last Line: Time calls, 'pass below!'
Subject(s): Time


WHERE THREE ROADS JOINED IT WAS GREEN AND FAIR       


WHILE DRAWING IN A CHURCHYARD    Poem Text    
First Line: It is sad that so many of worth
Last Line: That show of things.


WHO'S IN THE NEXT ROOM? - WHO?    Poem Text    


WHO'S IN THE NEXT ROOM? - WHO?       


WHY BE AT PAINS? (WOOER'S SONG)    Poem Text    
First Line: Why be at pains that I should know
Last Line: I plough the unknown.
Subject(s): Courtship


WHY DID I SKETCH AN UPLAND GREEN       


WHY DO I GO ON DOING THESE THINGS?       


WHY SHE MOVED HOUSE (THE DOG MUSES)    Poem Text    
First Line: Why she moved house, without a word
Last Line: And I but pause and pass.
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Moving & Movers


WINTER IN DURNOVER FIELD; TRIOLET    Poem Text    
First Line: Throughout the field I find no grain
Last Line: The cruel frost encrusts the cornland!
Subject(s): Birds; Winter


WINTER NIGHT IN WOODLAND (OLD TIME)    Poem Text    
First Line: The bark of a fox rings, sonorous and long
Last Line: Tired and thirsty, but cheerful, they home to their beds in the dawn.
Subject(s): Hunting; Hunters


WITHOUT CEREMONY    Poem Text    
First Line: It was your way, my dear
Last Line: Good-bye is not worth while!'
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


WITHOUT, NOT WITHIN HER    Poem Text    
First Line: It was what you bore with you, woman
Last Line: Of the winnowing-fan.


WIVES IN THE SERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Never a careworn wife but shows
Last Line: Time again subdues her.


XENOPHANES, THE MONIST OF COLOPHON    Poem Text    
First Line: Are you groping your way?'
Last Line: "xenophanes!"


YELL'HAM-WOOD'S STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Coomb-firtrees say that life is a moan
Last Line: Life offers - to deny!'


YOU ON THE TOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: You on the tower of my factory
Last Line: "he brushed you by as he flew."
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


YOU WERE THE SORT THAT MEN FORGET       


YOUR LAST DRIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here by the moorway you returned
Last Line: You are past love, praise, indifference, blame.


ZERMATT: TO THE MATTERHORN    Poem Text    
First Line: Thirty-two years since, up against the sun
Last Line: When darkness filled the earth till the ninth hour.
Subject(s): Matterhorn; Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)