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Holmes, Oliver Wendell    Poet's Biography
356 poems available by this author


A BALLAD OF THE BOSTON TEA-PARTY [DECEMBER 16, 1773]    Poem Text    
First Line: No! Never such a draught was poured
Last Line: And cheer the wakening nations!
Subject(s): Boston Tea Party; Freedom; Patriotism; United States - Colonial Period; Liberty


A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE; TO J.F. CLARKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Who is the shepherd sent to lead
Last Line: And sigh more love than ours can tell.
Subject(s): Birthdays; Clarke, James Freeman (1810-1888)


A FAMILIAR LETTER TO SEVERAL CORRESPONDENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, write, if you want to, there's nothing like trying
Last Line: And music must cure you, so pipe it yourself.
Subject(s): Mnemonics


A FAMILY RECORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Not to myself this breath of vesper song
Last Line: Take my last offering ere I cross to thee!
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Fathers & Sons; Heritage; Heredity


A FAREWELL TO AGASSIZ; WRITTEN ON EVE OF JOURNEY TO BRAZIL    Poem Text    
First Line: How the mountains talked together
Last Line: Bless them now and evermore!
Subject(s): Agassiz, Louis (1807-1873); Brazil; Farewell; Science; Brazilians; Parting; Scientists


A GOOD TIME GOING; ADDRESSED TO CHARLES MACKAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Brave singer of the coming time
Last Line: Our mothers' soil, our fathers' glory!
Subject(s): Mackay, Charles (1814-1889)


A LOVING-CUP SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, heap the fagots! Ere we go
Last Line: Till life and love are spent.


A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Leader of armies, isreal's god
Last Line: That shaped thy task below.
Subject(s): Howe, Samuel Gridley (1801-1876)


A MODEST REQUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Scene, - a back parlor in a certain square
Last Line: In one fair bumper let us toast them all!


A NOONTIDE LYRIC    Poem Text    
First Line: The dinner-bell, the dinner-bell
Last Line: And dangle from the beam!


A PARODY ON A PSALM OF LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Life is real, life is earnest
Last Line: When he sees, shall crow again.


A PARTING HEALTH; TO J.L. MOTLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, we knew we must lose him, - though friendship may claim
Last Line: Love bless him, joy crown him, god speed his career!
Subject(s): Motley, John Lothrop (1814-1877)


A POEM FOR THE MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION    Poem Text    
First Line: I hold a letter in my hand
Last Line: From northern pines to southern roses!


A POEM SERVED TO ORDER    Poem Text    
First Line: The caliph ordered up his cook
Last Line: An eel, and not a salmon!
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Cookery


A POEM: DEDICATION OF THE PITTSFIELD CEMETARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of death! Extend thy silent reign!
Last Line: And a new morning brings eternal day!
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Graveyards


A PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: A still, sweet, placid, moonlight face
Last Line: It mocked them when they sighed.
Subject(s): Portraits


A RHYMED LESSON (URANIA)    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, dear enchantress, wandering far and long
Last Line: "live as they lived, or perish as they died!'"


A ROMAN AQUEDUCT    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun-browned girl, whose limbs recline
Last Line: Falls on the arches of her pride!


A SEA DIALOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Friend, you seem thoughtful. I not wonder much
Last Line: Ay, ay, sir! Stiddy, sir! Sou'wes'b'sou'!
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


A SENTIMENT (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: The pledge of friendship! It is still divine
Last Line: And genial nature still defy reform!
Subject(s): Friendship


A SENTIMENT (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: A triple health to friendship, science, art
Last Line: And soothes the pang no anodyne may calm!
Subject(s): Physicians; Doctors


A SONG FOR THE CENTENIAL CELEBRATION OF HARVARD COLLEGE    Poem Text    
First Line: When the puritans came over
Last Line: The british found so rough!
Subject(s): Harvard University


A SONG OF OTHER DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: As o'er the glacier's frozen sheet
Last Line: Shall loudest laugh and sing.


A SONG OF TWENTY-NINE    Poem Text    
First Line: The summer dawn is breaking
Last Line: Of the boys of '29!
Subject(s): Classmates; Harvard University; Schoolmates


A SOUVENIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, lady! I can ne'er forget
Last Line: Shall be this flattering lay of mine!


A SUN-DAY HYMN [OR LAMENT]    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord of all being! Throned afar
Last Line: One holy light, one heavenly flame!
Variant Title(s): The Lord Is My Light
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


A TOAST TO WILKIE COLLINS    Poem Text    
First Line: The painter's and the poet's fame
Last Line: Painter and poet, both in one!
Subject(s): Collins, Wilkie (1824-1889)


A VOICE OF THE LOYAL NORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: We sing 'our country's' song tonight
Last Line: God keep us all! Amen!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Classmates; United States - History; Schoolmates


A WELCOME TO DR. BENJAMIN APTHORP GOULD    Poem Text    
First Line: Once more orion and the sister seven
Last Line: We bid thee welcome to thine earthly home!
Subject(s): Astronomy & Astronomers; Gould, Benjamin Apthorp (1824-1896)


AD AMICOS'       
First Line: The muse of boyhood's fervid hour


ADDRESS FOR THE OPENING OF THE FIFTH AVENUE THEATRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hang out our banners on the stately tower!
Last Line: Friends, lovers, listeners! Welcome one and all!
Subject(s): New York City - Theaters


AESTIVATION    Poem Text    
First Line: In candent ire the solar splendor flames
Last Line: Depart, -- be off, -- excede, -- evade, -- erump!
Variant Title(s): Intramural Aestivation; Or Summer In Town;aestivation: An Unpublished Poem Of My Late Latin Tutor
Subject(s): Nonsense


AFTER A LECTURE ON KEATS    Poem Text    
First Line: The wreath that star-crowned shelley gave
Last Line: Shall lie upon that roman grave!
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets


AFTER A LECTURE ON MOORE    Poem Text    
First Line: Shine soft, ye trembling tears of light
Last Line: That ravished mortal ears!
Subject(s): Moore, Thomas (1779-1852)


AFTER A LECTURE ON SHELLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: One broad, white sail in spezzia's treacherous bay
Last Line: Say not that mercy has not one for him!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)


AFTER A LECTURE ON WORDSWORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, spread your wings, as I spread mine
Last Line: Earth's last sweet even-song!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)


AFTER THE CURFEW    Poem Text    
First Line: The play is over. While the light
Last Line: Farewell! I let the curtain fall.
Subject(s): Classmates; Schoolmates


AFTER THE FIRE [NOVEMBER 9, 1872]    Poem Text    
First Line: While far along the eastern sky
Last Line: The cloudless azure whence they came!
Subject(s): Boston Fire (1872)


AGNES    Poem Text    
First Line: The tale I tell is gospel true
Last Line: This tale of olden time!


ALBUM VERSES    Poem Text    
First Line: When eve had led her lord away
Last Line: And so they wink forever.
Variant Title(s): Why They Twinkle


ALL HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not what we say or sing
Last Line: "in pace. How they loved each other!"
Subject(s): Classmates; Schoolmates


AMERICA TO RUSSIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Though watery deserts hold apart
Last Line: We moor our hearts in thee!
Subject(s): Russia; Soviet Union; Russians


AMERICAN ACADEMY CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Sire, son, and grandson; so the century glides
Last Line: Its wiser sages talk, its sweeter minstrels sing!


AN AFTER DINNER POEM (TERPSICHORE)    Poem Text    
First Line: In narrowest girdle, o reluctant muse
Last Line: Thy daring steps and dangerous pirouettes!


AN APPEAL FOR 'THE OLD SOUTH'    Poem Text    
First Line: Full sevenscore years our city's pride
Last Line: Help, each, and god help all!
Subject(s): Old South Church, Boston


AN EVENING THOUGHT; WRITTEN AT SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: If sometimes in the dark blue eye
Last Line: Of love, or song, or wine!


AN IMPROMPTU; ... FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE GREAT ORGAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I asked three little maidens who heard the organ play
Last Line: "and what you heard last evening were seraph lips and lyres!"
Subject(s): Organs (Musical Instruments)


AN IMPROMPTU; NOT PREMEDITATED    Poem Text    
First Line: The clock has struck noon; ere it thrice tell the hours
Last Line: Till our twentieth sweet summer was smiling again!
Subject(s): Classmates; Schoolmates


AN OLD-YEAR SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: As through the forest, disarrayed
Last Line: Sing, little bird! 't will soon be night.


ARMY HYMN; 'OLD HUNDRED'    Poem Text    
First Line: O lord of hosts! Almighty king!
Last Line: Join our loud anthem, praise to thee!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Prayer; United States - History


AT A BIRTHDAY FESTIVAL; TO J.R. LOWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: We will not speak of years to-night
Last Line: Round nature's last eclipse!
Subject(s): Diplomacy & Diplomats; Lowell, James Russell (1819-1891); Poetry & Poets


AT A DINNER TO ADMIRAL FARRAGUT    Poem Text    
First Line: Now, smiling friends and shipmates all
Last Line: To fight his battles o'er!
Subject(s): Farragut, David Glascow (1801-1870)


AT A DINNER TO GENERAL GRANT    Poem Text    
First Line: When treason first began the strife
Last Line: Our nation found its man!
Subject(s): Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885)


AT A MEETING OF FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember - why, yes! God bless me!
Last Line: The youth of his fifty summers he finds in his twenty friends.
Subject(s): Friendship; Middle Age


AT MY FIRESIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Alone, beneath the darkened sky
Last Line: Flames on the windows of the past.


AT THE 'ATLANTIC DINNER'    Poem Text    
First Line: I suppose it's myself that you're making allusion to
Last Line: "all read the ""atlantic"" as persons of culture do!"
Subject(s): Atlantic Monthly (Magazine)


AT THE BANQUET TO THE CHINESE EMBASSY    Poem Text    
First Line: Brothers, whom we may not reach
Last Line: To swell the rushing hoang-ho!
Subject(s): China


AT THE BANQUET TO THE GRAND DUKE ALEXIS    Poem Text    
First Line: One word to the guest we have gathered to greet
Last Line: How we utter farewell, he will have to return!
Subject(s): Russia; Soviet Union; Russians


AT THE BANQUET TO THE JAPANESE EMBASSY    Poem Text    
First Line: We welcome you, lords of the land of the sun!
Last Line: You are welcome! -- the song of the cagebird is done.
Subject(s): Japan; Japanese


AT THE CLOSE OF A COURSE OF LECTURES    Poem Text    
First Line: As the voice of the watch to the mariner's dream
Last Line: We will seal the bright spring with a quiet farewell.


AT THE PANTOMIME    Poem Text    
First Line: The house was crammed from roof to floor
Last Line: "peace be upon thee, israel!"
Subject(s): Pantomime


AT THE PAPYRUS CLUB    Poem Text    
First Line: A lovely show for eyes to see
Last Line: Are perched amid the sparrows!


AT THE SATURDAY CLUB    Poem Text    
First Line: This is our place of meeting; opposite
Last Line: Of buried friendships; blest is he who dreams!
Subject(s): Saturday Club


AT THE TURN OF THE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: The glory has passed from the goldenrod's plume
Last Line: As we met, face to face, at the turn of the road!


AT THE UNITARIAN FESTIVAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The waves unbuild the wasting shore
Last Line: A fairer throne on new-found shores.
Subject(s): Unitarianism; Unitarians


AUNT TABITHA; THE YOUNG GIRL'S POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever I do, and whatever I say
Last Line: Aunt tabitha'll tell me she never did so!
Subject(s): Aunts


AVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Full well I know the frozen hand has come
Last Line: And warm their hearts with sunbeams yet unspent!


AVIS    Poem Text    
First Line: I may not rightly call thy name
Last Line: To hallow this unstudied song!


BENJAMIN PEIRCE; ASTRONOMER, MATHEMATICIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: For him the architect of all
Last Line: Whose sun is god, whose light is love.
Subject(s): Classmates; Peirce, Benjamin (1809-1880); Schoolmates


BILL AND JOE    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, dear old comrade, you and I
Last Line: Hic jacet joe. Hic jacet bill.
Subject(s): Classmates; Friendship; Schoolmates


BIRTHDAY OF DANIEL WEBSTER    Poem Text    
First Line: When life hath run its largest round
Last Line: On the blue tablet of the deep!
Subject(s): Webster, Daniel (1782-1852)


BOSTON COMMON: 1630    Poem Text    
First Line: All overgrown with bush and fern
Last Line: The parson on his brindled bull!
Subject(s): Boston


BOSTON COMMON: 1774    Poem Text    
First Line: The streets are thronged with trampling feet
Last Line: The pipe-clayed belts of gage's men.
Subject(s): American Revolution; Boston


BOSTON COMMON: 1869    Poem Text    
First Line: Around the green, in morning light
Last Line: He led our sires who won them all!
Subject(s): Boston


BOSTON TO FLORENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Proud of her clustering spires, her new-built towers
Last Line: And every language knows the song divine!
Subject(s): Dante Alighieri (1265-1321); Florence, Italy


BROTHER JONATHAN'S LAMENT FOR SISTER CAROLINE [DECEMBER 2O, 1860]    Poem Text    
First Line: She has gone, - she has left us in passion and pride
Last Line: Remember the pathway that leads to our door!
Subject(s): Patriotism; South Carolina; State Rights; War; Secession


BRYANT'S SEVENTIETH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: O even-handed nature! We confess
Last Line: And every white-throned star fixed in its lost abode!
Subject(s): Bryant, William Cullen (1794-1878); Poetry & Poets


BUT ONE TALENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye who yourselves of larger worth esteem
Last Line: Thank heaven I had so few!


CACOETHES SCRIBENDI    Poem Text    
First Line: If all the trees in all the woods were men
Last Line: Call for more pens, more paper, and more ink
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


CHANSON WITHOUT MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: You bid me sing, - can I forget
Last Line: "dum ille clamat, ""dos pou sto!"
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY WHOM YE WILL SERVE'       
First Line: Yes, tyrants, you hate us, and fear while you hate


CHURCH BELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: The air is hushed; the street is holy ground
Last Line: His heart lies warm among his triple hills!
Subject(s): Bells; Boston; Churches; Cathedrals


CITY AND COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Come back to your mother, ye children, for shame
Last Line: And the best of old -- water -- at nothing a glass.
Variant Title(s): City Men In The Country;lines Recited At The Berkshire Jubilee, Pittsfield, Mass.
Subject(s): Berkshire Hills, Massachusetts


CONTENTMENT; 'MAN WANTS BUT LITTLE HERE BELOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Little I ask; my wants are few


CONTENTMENT; 'MAN WANTS BUT LITTLE HERE BELOW'       
First Line: Little I ask; my wants are few


DAILY TRIALS, BY A SENSITIVE MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, there are times
Last Line: But in their graves.


DANIEL WEBSTER    Poem Text    
First Line: When, stricken by the freezing blast
Last Line: On the blue tablet of the deep!
Subject(s): Politics & Government; Webster, Daniel (1782-1852)


DE SAUTY; AN ELCTRO-CHEMICAL ECLOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me, o provincial! Speak, ceruleo-nasal!
Last Line: "cry, ""all right! De sauty."
Subject(s): Atlantic Cable


DEPARTED DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, dear departed, cherished days
Last Line: Day breaks, -- and where are we?


DOROTHY Q; A FAMILY PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Grandmother's mother: her age I guess
Last Line: Through a second youth of a hundred years.
Subject(s): Family Life; Grandparents; Quincy, Dorothy; Relatives; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


EDWARD EVERETT ('OUR FIRST CITIZEN'); MEMORIAL VERSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Winter's cold drift lies glistening o'er his breast
Last Line: "died with the tribute of a nation's tears."
Subject(s): Everett, Edward (1794-1865)


EPILOGUE TO THE BREAKFAST-TABLE SERIES    Poem Text    
First Line: A crazy bookcase, placed before
Last Line: Not bad, my bargain! Price one dime!


EVEN-SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: It may be, yes, it must be, time that brings
Last Line: All gathered here! All! All!
Subject(s): Classmates; Schoolmates


EVENING, BY A TAILOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Day hath put on his jacket, and around
Last Line: Where I can coil them in their wonted fashion.
Subject(s): Tailors; Dress Makers


EXTRACTS FROM A MEDICAL POEM: A PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Thoughtful in youth, but not austere in age
Last Line: And love renewing kept him ever young.


EXTRACTS FROM A MEDICAL POEM: A SENTIMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Life is but a song
Last Line: And life shall lengthen with the joy it brings!


EXTRACTS FROM A MEDICAL POEM: THE STABILITY OF SCIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The feeble sea-birds, blinded in the storms
Last Line: When fluttering folly flaps on walls like these?
Subject(s): Physicians; Science; Doctors; Scientists


F.W.C.    Poem Text    
First Line: Fast as the rolling seasons bring
Last Line: Dear friends, a classmate never dies!
Subject(s): Classmates; Crocker, Frederick William; Schoolmates


FANTASIA; THE YOUNG GIRL'S POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Kiss mine eyelids, beauteous morn
Last Line: Borrowing all its light from thee!


FAREWELL TO J. R. LOWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Farewell, for the bark has her breast to the tide
Last Line: As we empty our hearts of the blessings they hold.
Subject(s): Diplomacy & Diplomats; Farewell; Lowell, James Russell (1819-1891); Poetry & Poets; Parting


FOR CLASS MEETING    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a pity and a shame
Last Line: Himself shall sunder it!
Subject(s): Classmates; Schoolmates


FOR SERVICES IN MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN; MEMORIAL VERSES    Poem Text    
First Line: O thou of soul and sense and breath
Last Line: And bless thy name forever!
Variant Title(s): Hymn For The Services In Memory Of Abraham Lincoln
Subject(s): Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States


FOR THE BURNS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: His birthday. - nay, we need not speak
Last Line: The mountain-mist of glory!
Subject(s): Burns, Robert (1759-1796); Poetry & Poets


FOR THE CENTENNIAL DINNER    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear friends, we are strangers; we never before
Last Line: And thy dividends flow like the waves of the sea!
Subject(s): Boston; Wharves; Piers


FOR THE COMMEMORATION SERVICES; MEMORIAL VERSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Four summers coined their golden light in leaves
Last Line: Living and dead alike forever dear!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


FOR THE DEDICATION OF THE NEW CITY LIBRARY, BOSTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Proudly, beneath her glittering dome
Last Line: The queen, the handmaid of them all!
Subject(s): Boston; Librarians & Libraries; Library; Librarians


FOR THE MEETING OF THE BURNS CLUB    Poem Text    
First Line: The mountains glitter in the snow
Last Line: The thames, the clyde, the shannon!
Subject(s): Burns, Robert (1759-1796); Poetry & Poets


FOR THE MEETING OF THE NATIONAL SANITARY ASSOCIAITON    Poem Text    
First Line: What makes the healing art divine?
Last Line: The shield is nobler than the spear!
Subject(s): Disease; Science; Scientists


FOR THE MOORE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Enchanter of erin, whose magic has bound us
Last Line: Shall wreathe her bright harp with the garlands of moore!
Subject(s): Moore, Thomas (1779-1852)


FOR THE WINDOW IN ST. MARGARET'S    Poem Text    
First Line: Afar he sleeps whose name is graven here
Last Line: Heaven lent, earth borrowed, sorrowing to restore.
Subject(s): Death - Children; Death - Babies


FOR WHITTIER'S SEVENTIETH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I believe that the copies of verses I've spun
Last Line: Till we've paid him in love half the balance we owe!
Subject(s): Whittier, John Greenleaf (1807-1892)


FRANCIS PARKMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: He rests from toil; the portals of the tomb
Last Line: His name will shine among its morning stars.
Subject(s): Parkman, Francis (1823-1893)


FREEDOM, OUR QUEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Land where the banners wave last in the sun
Last Line: She shall reign over us, world without end!
Subject(s): Fourth Of July; Freedom; Independence Day; Liberty


FROM A BACHELOR'S PRIVATE JOURNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet mary, I have never breathed
Last Line: May bless thee when those chords are still.


GOD SAVE THE FLAG    Poem Text    
First Line: Washed in the blood of the brave and the blooming
Last Line: Washed from its stains in the blood of the brave!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Flags - United States; United States - History; American Flag


GRANDMOTHER'S STORY OF BUNKER HILL BATTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis like stirring living embers when, at eighty, one remembers
Last Line: All are here!
Subject(s): American Revolution; Boston; Bunker Hill, Battle Of


H.C.M. H.S. J.K.W    Poem Text    
First Line: The dirge is played, the throbbing death-peal rung
Last Line: Welcome, ye shadowy forms, we count you still our own!
Subject(s): Classmates; Meriam, Horatio Cook; Sargent, Howard; Waite, Josiah Kendall; Schoolmates


HARVARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Changeless in beauty, rose-hues on her cheek
Last Line: And on thy forehead place the new world's crown.
Subject(s): Harvard University


HOMESICK IN HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Go seek thine earth-born sisters, - thus the voice
Last Line: And sorrow's discords sweeten into song!
Subject(s): Heaven; Homesickness; Paradise


HOW NOT TO SETTLE IT    Poem Text    
First Line: I like, at times, to hear the steeples' chimes
Last Line: Pull up our stakes and migrate to dahomey!


HOW THE OLD HORSE WON THE BET    Poem Text    
First Line: Twas on the famous trotting-ground
Last Line: A horse can trot, for all he's old.
Subject(s): Horse Racing


HUMBOLDT'S BIRTHDAY; CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Ere yet the warning chimes of midnight sound
Last Line: "hero of knowledge, be our tribute thine!"
Subject(s): Humboldt, Alexander Von (1769-1859); Napoleon I (1769-1821)


HYMN - THE WORD OF PROMISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord, thou hast led us as of old
Last Line: One god and father over all!


HYMN AFTER THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Giver of all that crowns our days
Last Line: With peace on earth, good-will to men!
Subject(s): Emancipation Movement & Proclamation; Antislavery Movement - United States


HYMN AT THE FUNERAL SERVICES OF CHARLES SUMNER    Poem Text    
First Line: Once more, ye sacred towers
Last Line: "god reigneth. All is well!"
Subject(s): Sumner, Charles (1811-1874)


HYMN FOR THE CLASS-MEETING    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou gracious power, whose mercy lends
Last Line: Thy peace be with us evermore!
Subject(s): Classmates; Schoolmates


HYMN FOR THE DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL HALL AT CAMBRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Where, girt around by savage foes
Last Line: Their glory be forever thine!
Subject(s): Harvard University


HYMN FOR THE FAIR AT CHICAGO    Poem Text    
First Line: O god! In danger's darkest hour
Last Line: And all the earth is thine.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


HYMN FOR THE INAUGURATION OF THE STATUE OF .. ANDREW HINGHAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Behold the shape our eyes have known!
Last Line: A nation claims him as her own!
Subject(s): Statues


HYMN FOR THE SAME OCCASION    Poem Text    
First Line: O'ershadowed by the walls that climb
Last Line: Be glory now and evermore!
Subject(s): King's Chapel, Harvard University


HYMN OF PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of peace, thou hast wandered too long!
Last Line: Angels of bethlehem, echo the strain!
Subject(s): Peace


HYMN OF TRUST    Poem Text    
First Line: O love divine, that stooped to share
Last Line: Living and dying, thou art near!
Subject(s): Prayer


HYMN READ AT DEDICATION OF THE OLIVER W. HOLMES HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of love, for every grief
Last Line: Be thine the glory and the praise!
Subject(s): Hospitals


HYMN WRITTEN FOR ... BOSTON YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN UNION    Poem Text    
First Line: Our father! While our hearts unlearn
Last Line: And nobler work to do!
Subject(s): Youth


HYMN WRITTEN FOR THE GREAT CENTRAL FAIR IN PHILADELPHIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Father, send on earth again
Last Line: Faithful to freedom and thee.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


HYMN: CELEBRATION LAYING CORNER-STONE HARVARD MEMORIAL HALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Not with the anguish of hearts that are breaking
Last Line: Crowned with the dome that is over us all!
Subject(s): Harvard University


I LIKE YOU AND I LOVE YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: I like you met I love you, face to face
Last Line: And first he slew I love you, -- then himself.


ILLUSTRATION OF A PICTURE; A SPANISH GIRL IN REVERIE    Poem Text    
First Line: She twirled the string of golden beads
Last Line: I saw her wipe a tear.


IN MEMORY OF CHARLES WENTWORTH UPHAM, JR.    Poem Text    
First Line: He was all sunshine; in his face
Last Line: Trust in his word; thy dead shall rise!
Subject(s): Friendship


IN MEMORY OF JOHN AND ROBERT WARE    Poem Text    
First Line: No mystic charm, no mortal art
Last Line: Its broken chain.
Subject(s): Physicians; Ware, John (1795-1864); Ware, Robert; Doctors


IN MEMORY OF JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou, too, hast left us. While with heads bowed low
Last Line: These words, -- he needs no more, -- here whittier lies.
Subject(s): Whittier, John Greenleaf (1807-1892)


IN RESPONSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Such kindness! The scowl of a cynic would soften
Last Line: And read all they mean in a sunshiny smile.


IN THE TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Not bed-time yet! The night-winds blow
Last Line: Good-night! And not good-by!
Variant Title(s): Before The Curfew
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Dead, The


INTERNATIONAL ODE; OUR FATHER'S LAND    Poem Text    
First Line: God bless our father's land!
Last Line: Great king of kings!
Subject(s): England; English


INVITA MINERVA    Poem Text    
First Line: Vex not the muse with idle prayers
Last Line: While memory sighs and sings.
Subject(s): Rhyme


IRIS, HER BOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: I pray thee by the soul of her that bore thee
Last Line: No more! She leaves her memory in thy keeping.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


J.D.R.    Poem Text    
First Line: The friends that are, and friends that were
Last Line: He loved me -- and is gone!
Subject(s): Classmates; Death; Russell, James Dutton; Schoolmates; Dead, The


JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou shouldst have sung the swan-song for the choir
Last Line: And grateful memory guard thy leafy shrine!
Subject(s): Diplomacy & Diplomats; Lowell, James Russell (1819-1891); Poetry & Poets


JOSEPH WARREN, M.D    Poem Text    
First Line: Trained in the holy art whose lifted shield
Last Line: Where freedom's victory in defeat was found.
Subject(s): Warren, Joseph (1741-1775)


KING'S CHAPEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it a weanling's weakness for the past
Last Line: They shaped our future; we but carve their names.
Subject(s): King's Chapel, Harvard University


L'INCONNUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Is thy name mary, maiden fair?
Last Line: Forget, despise, but not reveal!
Subject(s): Names


LA GRISETTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, clemence! When I saw thee last
Last Line: The wreaths of pere-la-chaise!


LA MAISON D'OR (BAR HARBOR)    Poem Text    
First Line: From this fair home behold on either side
Last Line: Their silent promise of eternal peace.


LATTER-DAY WARNINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: When legislators keep the law
Last Line: Then order your ascension robe!


LEXINGTON [APRIL 19, 1775]    Poem Text    
First Line: Slowly the mist o'er the meadow was creeping
Last Line: Floats the fair emblem her heroes have won!
Subject(s): American Revolution; Lexington, Battle Of (1775); Concord, Battle Of


LIMERICK    Poem Text    
First Line: The reverend henry ward beecher
Last Line: And thus did the hen reward beecher.
Variant Title(s): Eggstravagance
Subject(s): Beecher, Henry Ward (1813-1887); Clergy; Writing & Writers; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops


LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm ashamed, - that's the fact, - it's a pitiful case
Last Line: That youth fitted round in his circle of fire!
Subject(s): Classmates; Schoolmates


LINES BY A CLERK    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh! I did love her dearly
Last Line: And not the hand that bore it.


LUCY'; FOR HER GOLDEN WEDDING       
First Line: Lucy.' - the old familiar name


MANY THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: O, there be many things
Last Line: Is half so sweet as love.
Subject(s): Love


MARE RUBRUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Flash out a stream of blood-red wine
Last Line: The wedding wine of galilee!
Subject(s): Classmates; Schoolmates


MARTHA; DIED JANUARY 7, 1861    Poem Text    
First Line: Sexton! Martha's dead and gone
Last Line: Toll the bell!
Subject(s): Household Employees; Servants; Domestics; Maids


MEETING OF THE ALUMNI OF HARVARD COLLEGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I thank you, mr. President, you've kindly broke the ice
Last Line: "and ""expectantur"" all mankind, to take their last degree!"
Subject(s): Harvard University


MIDSUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Here! Sweep these foolish leaves away
Last Line: In sweeter music dies away.
Subject(s): Nature; Summer


MUSA    Poem Text    
First Line: O my lost beauty! - hast thou folded quite
Last Line: "and hear once more the voice that breathed ""forever thine!"


MY ANNUAL    Poem Text    
First Line: How long will this harp which you once loved to hear
Last Line: We echo its wrods, -- we are one! We are one!
Subject(s): Classmates; Schoolmates


MY AUNT    Poem Text    
First Line: My aunt! My dear unmarried aunt! / long years have over her flown
Last Line: On my ancestral tree.
Subject(s): Aunts; Spinsters; Old Maids


MY AVIARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Through my north window, in the wintry weather
Last Line: In fact with nothing bird-like but my quill.
Subject(s): Birds; Nature


NEARING THE SNOW LINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Slow toiling upward from the misty vale
Last Line: And all the unclouded blue of heaven is thine!
Subject(s): Mountain Climbing


NEVER OR NOW; AN APPEAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Listen, young heroes! Your country is calling!
Last Line: Hear the last angel-trump, -- never or now!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


NEW HAIL COLUMBIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Look our ransomed shores around
Last Line: Find the many still are one!
Variant Title(s): Additional Verses To Hail Columbia
Subject(s): United States; America


NO TIME LIKE THE OLD TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no time like the old time, when you and I were young
Last Line: There are no loves like our old loves, -- god bless our loving wives!
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


NON-RESISTANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps too far in these considerate days
Last Line: From bellowing fort and thunder-freighted keel!


NUX POSTCOENATICA    Poem Text    
First Line: I was sitting with my microscope, upon my parlor rug
Last Line: But will keep dropping in again to see the dear old crater.
Subject(s): Science; Scientists


ODE FOR A SOCIAL MEETING, WITH SLIGHT ALTERATIONS BY A TEETOTALER    Poem Text    
First Line: Come! Fill a fresh bumper, for why should we go
Last Line: Oliver wendell holmes.
Subject(s): Censorship; Drinks & Drinking; Temperance; Wine; Prohibition


ODE FOR WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Welcome to the day returning
Last Line: Trust us, while we honor thee!
Subject(s): Presidents, United States; Washington, George (1732-1799)


OLD CAMBRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: And can it be you've found a place
Last Line: As all the world shall know!
Subject(s): Presidents, United States; Washington, George (1732-1799)


OLD IRONSIDES    Poem Text    
First Line: Ay, tear her tattered ensign down
Last Line: The lightning and the gale!
Subject(s): Americans; Boats; Constitution (Ship); Navy - United States; Patriotism; Sea; United States; American Navy; Ocean; America


ON LENDING A PUNCH BOWL    Poem Text    
First Line: This ancient silver bowl of mine, it tells of good old times
Last Line: "have you been?"
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ON THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT GARFIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: Fallen with autumn's falling leaf
Last Line: A nation bowed, a world in tears.
Subject(s): Assassination; Garfield, James Abram (1831-1881)


ON THE THRESHOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: An usher standing at the door
Last Line: And founts and flowers are all your own!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


ONCE MORE    Poem Text    
First Line: Will I come? That is pleasant! I beg to inquire
Last Line: And then stand at ease, for my service is done.
Subject(s): Classmates; Memory; Schoolmates


ONE COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: One country! Treason's writhing asp
Last Line: One country now and evermore!
Subject(s): United States; America


OPENING THE WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Thus I lift the sash, so long
Last Line: Go, like uncle toby's fly!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


OUR BANKER    Poem Text    
First Line: Old time, in whose bank we deposit our notes
Last Line: "till he squares his account with the last of ""the boys."
Subject(s): Classmates; Schoolmates


OUR DEAD SINGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Pride of the sister realm so long our own
Last Line: His lips are hushed; his song shall never die.
Subject(s): Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (1807-1882)


OUR HOME - OUR COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Your home was mine, - kind nature's gift
Last Line: "I am a cambridge boy!"
Subject(s): Cambridge, Massachusetts


OUR HYMN    Poem Text    
First Line: At morning's call
Last Line: These are our hymn.


OUR INDIAN SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: You'll believe me, dear boys, 't is a pleasure to rise
Last Line: While we've youth in our hearts we can never grow old!
Subject(s): Aging; Classmates; Schoolmates


OUR LIMITATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: We trust and fear, we question and believe
Last Line: That worlds unseen surround the world we know.


OUR OLDEST FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: I give you the health of the oldest friend
Last Line: As bald and as wise and as tough as he!
Subject(s): Classmates; Friendship; Schoolmates


OUR SWEET SINGER    Poem Text    
First Line: One memory trembles on our lips
Last Line: Thou shouldst thyself have sung!
Subject(s): Angier, Joseph; Classmates; Schoolmates


OUR YANKEE GIRLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Lest greener lands and bluer skies
Last Line: God bless our yankee girls!
Subject(s): Girls; New England


PARSON TURELL'S LEGACY; OR, THE PRESIDENT'S OLD ARM-CHAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Facts respecting an old arm-chair
Last Line: And there's always a flaw in a donkey's will!
Subject(s): Chairs


PARTING HYMN; 'DUNDEE'    Poem Text    
First Line: Father of mercies, heavenly friend
Last Line: Rule thou our throneless land!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Prayer; United States - History


POEM FOR THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY - FOUNDING OF HARVARD COLLEGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Twice had the mellowing sun of autumn crowded
Last Line: Would that my tribute worthier were of thee!


POEM FOR THE DEDICATION OF THE FOUNTAIN AT STRATFORD-ON-AVON    Poem Text    
First Line: Welcome, thrice welcome is thy silvery gleam
Last Line: And love make one the old home and the new!
Subject(s): Fountains


POEM: AT CENTENNIAL DINNER OF MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOCIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: Three paths there be where learning's favored sons
Last Line: Ye served your brothers; ye have served your lord!
Subject(s): Learning; Physicians; Doctors


POEM: AT THE DEDICATION OF THE HALLECK MONUMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Say not the poet dies!
Last Line: His soul the air enshrines and leaves but dust below!
Subject(s): Halleck, Fitz-greene (1790-1867)


POEM: READ AT THE DINNER GIVEN BY THE MEDICAL PROFESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Have I deserved your kindness? Nay, my friends
Last Line: But claim him, keep him, call him brother still!
Subject(s): Physicians; Doctors


POETRY. A METRICAL ESSAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Scenes of my youth! Awake its slumbering fire!
Last Line: Coiled the last whirlpool of the drowning sphere!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


POSTPRANDIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The dutch have taken holland,' so the schoolboys used to say
Last Line: Another hans as handsome, -- as bright a man as he!
Subject(s): Harvard University; Leland, Charles Godfrey (1824-1903); Netherlands; Phillips, Wendell (1811-1884); Holland; Dutch People


PRELUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm the fellah that tole one day
Last Line: Here sh' goes for hit 'm ag'in!


PRELUDE TO A VOLUME PRINTED IN RAISED LETTERS FOR THE BLIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear friends, left darkling in the long eclipse
Last Line: A dewdrop fresh from heaven's own chalice hold.
Subject(s): Blindness; Visually Handicapped


PROGRAMME    Poem Text    
First Line: Reader - gentle - if so be
Last Line: Benedicite. -- amen!


PROLOGUE TO SONGS IN MANY KEYS    Poem Text    
First Line: The piping of our slender, peaceful reeds
Last Line: On the wild winds that all around us blow.


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where, oh where are the visions of morning
Last Line: Till the last pebble is dry.
Subject(s): Classmates; Schoolmates


QUI VIVE?'       
First Line: Qui vive?' the sentry's musket rings


REFLECTIONS OF A PROUD PEDESTRIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw the curl of his waving lash
Last Line: With the tandem that nature gave me!
Subject(s): Animals; Horses; Pedestrians


REMEMBER - FORGET    Poem Text    
First Line: And what shall be the song tonight
Last Line: And down goes twenty-nine!
Subject(s): Aging; Classmates; Harvard University; Schoolmates


RHYMES OF A LIFE-TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: From the first gleam of morning to the gray
Last Line: With plaintive measures from a worn-out lyre.


RIP VAN WINKLE, M. D.    Poem Text    
First Line: Old rip van winkle had a grandson rip
Last Line: Our brother rip, m. M. S. S., m. D.!
Subject(s): Physicians; Doctors


ROBINSON OF LEYDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: He sleeps not here; in hope and prayer
Last Line: Nor on the land-locked zuyder-zee!


SEMI-CENTENIAL CELEBRATION OF THE NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: New england, we love thee; no time can erase
Last Line: God bless all her children! Good night to you all!
Subject(s): New England


SHAKESPEARE; TERCENTENNIAL CELEBRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Who claims our shakespeare from that realm unknown
Last Line: Our nation's second morn!
Subject(s): Dramatists; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Dramatists


SHERMAN'S IN SAVANNAH [DECEMBER 22, 1864]    Poem Text    
First Line: Like the tribes of israel
Last Line: As it crowns savannah!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Savannah, Georgia; Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891); United States - History


SONG FOR A TEMPERANCE DINNER TO WHICH LADIES WERE INVITED    Poem Text    
First Line: A health to dear woman! She bids us untwine
Last Line: It is countersigned nature. -- so, room for the girls!
Subject(s): Temperance; Women; Prohibition


SONG WRITTEN FOR THE DINNER GIVEN TO CHARLES DICKENS    Poem Text    
First Line: The stars their early vigils keep
Last Line: Our western skies in flame!
Subject(s): Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)


SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Winter is past; the heart of nature warms
Last Line: Dazzled and giddy in the morning's blaze!
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING HAS COME    Poem Text    
First Line: The sunbeams, lost for half a year
Last Line: To dream above, to sleep below!
Subject(s): Spring


ST. ANTHONY THE REFORMER; HIS TEMPTATION    Poem Text    
First Line: No fear lest praise should make us proud
Last Line: In laboring on thy crown of thorns!
Subject(s): Reform & Reformers


STANZAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Strange! That one lightly whispered tone
Last Line: But join two altars both in one.


SUN AND SHADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: As I look from the isle, o'er its billow of green
Last Line: Nor ask how we look from the shore!
Subject(s): Naushon (Island)


TARTARUS    Poem Text    
First Line: While in my simple gospel creed
Last Line: On heaven's blue tablet, god is love!


THE ANGEL-THIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: Time is a thief who leaves his tools behind
Last Line: We lose our jewels, but we break our chains.
Subject(s): Time


THE ARCHBISHOP AND GIL BLAS    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't think I feel much older; I'm aware I'm rather gray
Last Line: I'm old enough to walk alone, but not so very old!
Subject(s): Old Age


THE BALLAD OF THE OYSTERMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a tall young oysterman lived by the river-side
Last Line: And now they keep an oyster-shop for mermaids down below.
Subject(s): Drowning; Sea; Ocean


THE BANKER'S SECRET    Poem Text    
First Line: The banker's dinner is the stateliest feast
Last Line: The lonely home an exiled stranger found.
Subject(s): Banks And Banking


THE BELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: When o'er the street the morning peal is flung
Last Line: The passing breath that holds thy passion's sway.
Subject(s): Bells


THE BOYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Has there any old fellow got mixed with the boys?
Last Line: Dear father, take care of thy children, the boys.
Subject(s): Classmates; Friendship; Old Age; Schoolmates


THE BROKEN CIRCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I stood on sarum's treeless plain
Last Line: Still lives to feed its altar-flame!
Subject(s): Stonehenge


THE BROOMSTICK TRAIN; OR THE RETURN OF THE WITCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Look out! Look out, boys! Clear the track!
Last Line: On the rattling rail by the broomstick train!
Subject(s): Witchcraft & Witches


THE CAMBRIDGE CHURCHYARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Our ancient church! Its lowly tower
Last Line: Might call a tear on mine.
Subject(s): Cambridge, Massachusetts; Churchyards


THE CHAMBERED NAUTILUS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign
Last Line: Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea!
Subject(s): Mollusks; Nautilus (Shell); Religion; Sea; Theology; Ocean


THE COMET    Poem Text    
First Line: The comet! He is on his way
Last Line: And sweet shall be thy sleep!
Subject(s): Comets


THE COMING ERA    Poem Text    
First Line: They tell us that the muse is soon to fly hence
Last Line: And song still live, the science of the heart.


THE CROOKED FOOTPATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, here it is! The sliding rail
Last Line: We still can see our father's door!


THE DEACON'S MASTERPIECE    Poem Text    
First Line: Have you heard of the wonderful one-hoss shay
Last Line: Logic is logic. That's all I say.
Variant Title(s): A Logical Story;the One-hoss Shay;the Wonderful One-hoss Shay


THE DILEMMA    Poem Text    
First Line: Now, by the blessed paphian queen
Last Line: That wears for us the sweetest smile.


THE DORCHESTER GIANT    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a giant in time of old
Last Line: And pay for the punch beside.
Subject(s): Boston; Stones; Granite; Rocks


THE DYING SENECA    Poem Text    
First Line: He died not as the martyr dies
Last Line: The self-stung reptile writhed and died!


THE EXILE'S SECRET    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye that have faced the billows and the spray
Last Line: And thus began, -- the rose-lipped english girl.
Subject(s): Exiles


THE FIRST FAN    Poem Text    
First Line: When rose the cry, 'great pan is dead!'
Last Line: To aphrodite's fan-tailed pigeon.


THE FLANEUR; BOSTON COMMON, DURING THE TRANSIT OF VENUS    Poem Text    
First Line: I love all sights of earth and skies
Last Line: And pay thee with a grateful rhyme.


THE FLOWER OF LIBERTY    Poem Text    
First Line: What flower is this that greets the morn
Last Line: The starry flower of liberty!
Subject(s): American Revolution; Flags - United States; Patriotism; American Flag


THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The fount the spaniard sought in vain
Last Line: The hope of times unborn!
Subject(s): Youth


THE FRANKLAND MISSION    Poem Text    
First Line: One hour we rumble on the rail
Last Line: He cut his vista through.
Subject(s): Hopkinton, Massachusetts


THE GIRDLE OF FRIENDSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: She gathered at her slender waist
Last Line: Lives changeless through them all.
Subject(s): Friendship


THE GOLDEN FLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: When advent dawns with lessening days
Last Line: Where blossoms never fade and fall!
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


THE GRAY CHIEF; FOR MEETING OF MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOC.    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis sweet to fight our battles o'er
Last Line: His manhood's twice-told years!
Subject(s): Bigelow, Jacob (1786-1879); Physicians; Doctors


THE HEIGHT OF THE RIDICULOUS    Poem Text    
First Line: I wrote some lines once upon a time
Last Line: As funny as I can.


THE HOT SEASON    Poem Text    
First Line: The folks, that on the first of may
Last Line: Were interchanging cards!


THE HUDSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Twas a vision of childhood that came with its dawn
Last Line: Till the channel is dry where its waters have rolled!
Subject(s): Hudson River


THE IRON GATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Where is this patriarch you are kindly greeting?
Last Line: Thanks, brothers, sisters, -- children, -- and farewell!
Subject(s): Old Age


THE ISLAND HUNTING-SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: No more the summer floweret charms
Last Line: Your noble robin hood.
Subject(s): Islands


THE LAST BLOSSOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Though young no more, we still would
Last Line: Some youth is walking close behind!


THE LAST CHARGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now, men of the north! Will you join in the strife
Last Line: His sceptre once broken, the world is our own!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


THE LAST LEAF    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw him once before
Last Line: Where I cling.
Subject(s): Adversity; Melville, Major Thomas; Old Age


THE LAST LOOK; W.W. SWAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Behold - not him we knew!
Last Line: And death himself shall die!
Subject(s): Death; Swain, William W.; Dead, The


THE LAST PROPHECY OF CASSANDRA    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun is fading in the skies
Last Line: Or scare the wild bird from her sleep.


THE LAST READER    Poem Text    
First Line: I sometimes sit beneath a tree
Last Line: When the last reader reads no more!
Subject(s): Books; Reading


THE LAST SURVIVOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes! The vacant chairs tell sadly we are going, going fast
Last Line: And heaven bequeath their memories to him who loves us best!
Subject(s): Classmates; Death; Schoolmates; Dead, The


THE LIVING TEMPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not in the world of light alone
Last Line: And mould it into heavenly forms!
Subject(s): Churches; Worship; Cathedrals


THE LOVER'S SECRET    Poem Text    
First Line: What ailed young lucius? Art had vainly tried
Last Line: Stirred the deep stillness as the voice began.


THE LYRE OF ANACREON    Poem Text    
First Line: The minstrel of the classic lay
Last Line: As from anacreon's lyre!
Subject(s): Anacreon (582-485 B.c.); Poetry & Poets


THE MEETING OF THE DRYADS    Poem Text    
First Line: It was not many centuries since
Last Line: In sadness to her wounded tree.
Subject(s): Trees


THE MIND'S DIET    Poem Text    
First Line: No life worth naming ever comes to good
Last Line: Except when squabbling turns them black and blue!


THE MORAL BULLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Yon whey-faced brother, who delights to wear
Last Line: And bait his homiles with his brother worms?
Subject(s): Bullies


THE MORNING VISIT    Poem Text    
First Line: A sick man's chamber, though it often boast
Last Line: The truest, noblest, wisest, kindest, best.
Subject(s): Physicians; Doctors


THE MOTHER'S SECRET    Poem Text    
First Line: How sweet the sacred legend - if unblamed
Last Line: "a few grave thoughts may work you off to sleep."
Subject(s): Mothers


THE MUSIC-GRINDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: There are three ways in which men take
Last Line: A button in the hat!
Subject(s): Organ-grinders; Hurdy-gurdy Men


THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a sound of hurrying feet
Last Line: That frightful tale to tell.


THE NEW EDEN; MEETING OF BERKSHIRE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Scarce could the parting ocean close
Last Line: Till ocean is its only wall!
Subject(s): Berkshire Hills, Massachusetts; Drought; Horticulture


THE OLD CRUISER    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's the old cruiser, 'twenty-nine
Last Line: A shadow hovered -- we all were there!
Subject(s): Classmates; Schoolmates


THE OLD MAN DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: O for one hour of youthful joy!
Last Line: To please the gray-haired boys.
Subject(s): Classmates; Dreams; Marriage; Old Age; Schoolmates; Nightmares; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE OLD MAN OF THE SEA; A NIGHTMARE DREAM BY DAYLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you know the old man of the sea, of the sea?
Last Line: And be sure that he'll have it on you!
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


THE OLD PLAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: The curtain rose; in thunders long and loud
Last Line: Dream on! There's nothing but illusion true!
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Old Age; Actresses


THE OLD TUNE; THIRTY-SIXTH VARIATION    Poem Text    
First Line: This shred of song you bid me bring
Last Line: "good-night, my dear old fellows!"
Subject(s): Classmates; Death; Schoolmates; Dead, The


THE ONLY DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: They bid me strike the idle strings
Last Line: May cost thee, too, a sigh.
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


THE OPENING OF THE PIANO    Poem Text    
First Line: In the little southern parlor of the house you may have seen
Last Line: "open it! Open it, lady! And let me see the bird!"
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Pianos


THE ORGAN-BLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Devoutest of my sunday friends
Last Line: Will play the tune as he shall please.
Subject(s): Organs (Musical Instruments)


THE PARTING SONG; FESTIVAL OF THE ALUMNI    Poem Text    
First Line: The noon of summer sheds its ray
Last Line: Then old and young, etc.
Subject(s): Harvard University


THE PARTING WORD    Poem Text    
First Line: I must leave thee, lady sweet
Last Line: Sealed how often, love, as now.
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


THE PEAU DE CHAGRIN OF STATE STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: How beauteous is the bond
Last Line: Anywhere!
Subject(s): Investments; Stocks; Bonds


THE PHILOSOPHER TO HIS LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dearest, a look is but a ray
Last Line: Or some sweet angel, likest thee!
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


THE PILGRIM'S VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: In the hour of twilight shadows / the puritan looked out
Last Line: Here was the pilgrim's land!
Subject(s): Pilgrim Fathers


THE PLOUGHMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Clear the brown path, to meet his coulter's gleam!
Last Line: The sword has rescued what the ploughshare won!
Subject(s): Autumn; Nature; Plowing & Plowmen; Seasons; Fall


THE POET'S LOT    Poem Text    
First Line: What is a poet's love?
Last Line: With urn and cherub o'er thee!


THE PROMISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not charity we ask
Last Line: Have washed thy master's feet.


THE ROSE AND THE FERN    Poem Text    
First Line: Lady, life's sweetest lesson wouldst thou learn
Last Line: Gather life's full-blown rose!
Subject(s): Flowers; Roses


THE SCHOOL BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: My cheek was bare of adolescent down
Last Line: Seen through the vista of our bygone years.
Subject(s): Andover, Massachusetts; Schools; Students


THE SECRET OF THE STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Is man's the only throbbing heart that hides
Last Line: "till time and teacups both shall be no more!"
Subject(s): Stars


THE SEPTEMBER GALE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm not a chicken; I have seen
Last Line: My loved, my long-lost breeches!
Subject(s): Hurricanes


THE SHADOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: How many have gone?' was the question of old
Last Line: Lo! The shadows! The shadows! Room -- room for them all!
Subject(s): Classmates; Death; Schoolmates; Dead, The


THE SHIP OF STATE; A SENTIMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The ship of state! Above her skies are blue
Last Line: And guide the honest hand that holds her wheel!
Subject(s): Patriotism


THE SILENT MELODY    Poem Text    
First Line: Bring me my broken harp,' he said
Last Line: Our fingers sweep the stringless lyre!


THE SMILING LISTNER    Poem Text    
First Line: Precisely. I see it. You all want to say
Last Line: The flowers that have faded bloom fairest of all!
Subject(s): Classmates; Schoolmates


THE SPECTRE PIG    Poem Text    
First Line: It was the stalwart butcher man
Last Line: It was the butcher man.


THE STAR AND THE WATER LILY    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun stepped down from his golden throne
Last Line: And sank in the stormy tide.
Subject(s): Flowers; Lilies; Stars


THE STATESMAN'S SECRET    Poem Text    
First Line: Who of all statesmen is his country's pride
Last Line: It told the mystery of a mother's love.
Subject(s): Statesmen


THE STEAMBOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: See how yon flaming herald treads
Last Line: Shall never wake in day!
Subject(s): Steamboats


THE STETHOSCOPE SONG; A PROFESSIONAL BALLAD    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a young man in boston town
Last Line: By a couple of silly, abnormal flies.
Subject(s): Physicians; Doctors


THE STRONG HEROIC LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: Friends of the muse, to you of right belong
Last Line: And which velasquez or van dyck refuse?


THE STUDY    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet in the darksome crypt I left so late
Last Line: My old magnalia must be standing there!


THE SWEET LITTLE MAN; DEDICATED TO THE STAY-AT-HOME RANGERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now, while our soldiers are fighting our battles
Last Line: Take your white-feather plume, sweet little man!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


THE TOADSTOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a thing that grows by the fainting flower
Last Line: His throat is swelling with baffled love.
Subject(s): Toadstools


THE TREADMILL SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The stars are rolling in the sky
Last Line: A treadmill of my own!
Subject(s): Treadmills


THE TWO ARMIES    Poem Text    
First Line: As life's unending column pours
Last Line: To sit beside the throne!
Subject(s): Physicians; Doctors


THE TWO STREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Behold the rocky wall
Last Line: One to the peaceful sea!


THE VOICELESS    Poem Text    
First Line: We count the broken lyres that rest
Last Line: As sad as earth, as sweet as heaven!
Subject(s): Adversity; Women


THE WASP AND THE HORNET    Poem Text    
First Line: The two proud sisters of the sea
Last Line: The paths they swept of old!
Subject(s): Hornet (Ship); Navy - United States; Wasp (Ship); American Navy


THUS SAITH THE LORD, I OFFER THEE THREE THINGS       
First Line: In poisonous dens, where traitors hide


TO A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Wan-visaged thing! Thy virgin leaf
Last Line: Or swell some bonfire's pile.


TO A CAGED LION    Poem Text    
First Line: Poor conquered monarch! Though that haughty glance
Last Line: Must bow thy savage strength, the mockery of a child!
Subject(s): Animals; Lions


TO AN ENGLISH FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: The seed that wasteful autumn cast
Last Line: From age to age, from clime to clime!
Subject(s): England; English


TO AN INSECT    Poem Text    
First Line: I love to hear thine earnest voice
Last Line: Than many a kate has done.
Variant Title(s): Katydid
Subject(s): Insects; Katydids; Bugs


TO CANAAN; A PURITAN WAR-SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Where are you going, soldiers
Last Line: A whirlwind from the north!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


TO CHRISTIAN GOTTFRIED EHRENBERG    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou who hast taught the teachers of mankind
Last Line: Such joys, such triumphs, such remembrance thine!
Subject(s): Ehrenberg, Christian G. (1795-1876)


TO FREDERICK HENRY HEDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Fit emblem for the altar's side
Last Line: But clasps your feet and steals their wings.
Subject(s): Hedge, Frederick Henry (1805-1890)


TO GEORGE PEABODY    Poem Text    
First Line: Bankrupt! Our pockets inside out!
Last Line: The friend of all his race, god bless him!
Subject(s): Peabody, George (1795-1869)


TO GOVERNOR SWAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear governor, if my skiff might brave
Last Line: And that, dear governor, flies to thee!
Subject(s): Swain, William W.


TO H. W. LONGFELLOW; BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE TO EUROPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Our poet, who has taught the western breeze
Last Line: The proudest, fondest love thou leavest still behind!
Subject(s): Farewell; Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (1807-1882); Parting


TO JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE    Poem Text    
First Line: I bring the simplest pledge of love
Last Line: Long live our dear saint james!
Subject(s): Clarke, James Freeman (1810-1888)


TO JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: This is your month, the month of perfect days
Last Line: "we have ""five hundred"" -- not ""as good as he."
Subject(s): Diplomacy & Diplomats; Lowell, James Russell (1819-1891); Poetry & Poets


TO JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: A health to him whose double wreath displays
Last Line: In life's fair field beyond the seven-barred gate!
Subject(s): Diplomacy & Diplomats; Lowell, James Russell (1819-1891); Poetry & Poets


TO JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER; ON HIS EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Friend, whom thy fourscore winters leave more dear
Last Line: The unclouded dawn of life's immortal day!
Subject(s): Whittier, John Greenleaf (1807-1892)


TO MY COMPANIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mine ancient chair! Thy wide-embracing arms
Last Line: That breathes in accents sweet to me alone.


TO MY OLD READERS    Poem Text    
First Line: You know 'the teacups' that congenial set
Last Line: He spread the page before him and began.


TO MY READERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Nay, blame me not; I might have spared
Last Line: The buds of song that never blow.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


TO RUTHERFORD BIRCHARD HAYES    Poem Text    
First Line: How to address him? Awkward, it is true
Last Line: North, south, east, west, from all and everywhere!
Subject(s): Hayes, Rutherford B. (1822-1893)


TO THE ELEVEN LADIES WHO PRESENTED ME WITH SILVER LOVING CUP    Poem Text    
First Line: Who gave this cup?' the secret thou wouldst steal
Last Line: It makes an old heart young!


TO THE POETS WHO ONLY READ AND LISTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: When evening's shadowy fingers fold
Last Line: Its lingering sweets exhale.


TO THE PORTRAIT OF 'A GENTLEMAN', IN THE ATHENAEUM GALLERY    Poem Text    
First Line: It may be so - perhaps thou hast
Last Line: I've seen that face before.
Subject(s): Portraits


TO THE PORTRAIT OF 'A LADY', IN THE ATHENAEUM GALLERY    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, miss, I wonder where you live
Last Line: Hushed up among one's friends!
Subject(s): Portraits


TO THE TEACHERS OF AMERICA    Poem Text    
First Line: Teachers of teachers! Yours the task
Last Line: To flower in years unborn.
Subject(s): National Educational Association; Teaching & Teachers; Educators; Professors


TOO YOUNG FOR LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Too young for love? / ah, say not so!
Last Line: Ah, no! No! No!
Subject(s): Love; Youth


TWO POEMS TO HARRIET BEECHER STOWE: 1. AT THE SUMMIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Sister, we bid you welcome, - we who stand
Last Line: What more can heaven bestow!
Subject(s): Stowe, Harriet Beecher (1811-1896)


TWO POEMS TO HARRIET BEECHER STOWE: 2. THE WORLD'S HOMAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: If every tongue that speaks her praise
Last Line: With heaven's own benediction.
Subject(s): Stowe, Harriet Beecher (1811-1896)


TWO SONNETS: HARVARD. 1. 'CHRISTO ET ECCLESIAE,' 1700    Poem Text    
First Line: To god's anointed and his chosen flock
Last Line: Where echoed once araunah's threshingfloor.
Subject(s): Harvard University


TWO SONNETS: HARVARD. 2. 1643 'VERITAS' 1878    Poem Text    
First Line: Truth: so the frontlet's older legend ran
Last Line: And let thine earliest symbol be thy last!
Subject(s): Harvard University


UNDER THE VIOLETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Her hands are cold; her face is white
Last Line: Lies withered where the violets blow.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Flowers; Violets; Graveyards


UNDER THE WASHINGTON ELM, CAMBRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Eighty years have passed, and more
Last Line: Was bright on our brave old tree!
Subject(s): American Revolution; Elm Trees


UNION AND LIBERTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Flag of the heroes who left us their glory
Last Line: Union and liberty! One evermore!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


UNSATISFIED    Poem Text    
First Line: Only a housemaid!' she looked from the kitchen
Last Line: Give her an empire, she pines for a name!
Subject(s): Discontent; Dissatisfaction


VERSES FOR AFTER-DINNER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was thinking last night, as I sat in the cars
Last Line: The morsel he rent from this bosom of mine!


VESTIGA QUINQUE RETRORSUM; AN ACADEMIC POEM, 1829-1879    Poem Text    
First Line: While fond, sad memories all around us throng
Last Line: Not finis, but the end of volume first!
Subject(s): Harvard University


VIVE LA FRANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The land of sunshine and of song!
Last Line: God bless her! Vive la france!
Subject(s): France


VOYAGE OF THE GOOD SHIP UNION    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis midnight: through my troubled dream
Last Line: One nation, evermore!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Classmates; United States - History; Schoolmates


WELCOME TO THE CHICAGO COMMERCIAL CLUB    Poem Text    
First Line: Chicago sounds rough to the maker of versse
Last Line: From the green of the sea to the blue michigan!
Subject(s): Chicago


WELCOME TO THE GRAND DUKE ALEXIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Shadowed so long by the storm-cloud of danger
Last Line: Strength to her people! Long life to the czar!
Subject(s): Russia; Soviet Union; Russians


WELCOME TO THE NATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Bright on the banners of lily and rose
Last Line: Thrones of the continents! Isles of the sea!
Subject(s): Fourth Of July; United States - Centennial Celebrations; Independence Day


WHAT I HAVE COME FOR    Poem Text    
First Line: I have come with my verses - I think I may claim
Last Line: I have told what I came for; my ditty is done.
Subject(s): Classmates; Schoolmates


WHAT WE ALL THINK    Poem Text    
First Line: That age was older once than now
Last Line: Can burn or blot it: god is love!
Subject(s): God


WIND-CLOUDS AND STAR-DRIFTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Another clouded night: the stars are hid
Last Line: We know not his whose love embraces all.
Subject(s): Ambition; Faith; Idols; Love; Regret; Solitude; Sympathy; Truth; Worship; Belief; Creed; Loneliness; Empathy


YOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Why linger round the sunken wrecks
Last Line: Than earth to save and heaven to win?
Subject(s): Youth


YOUTH FADES; LOVE DROOPS; THE LESSONS OF FRIENDSHIP FALL