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Lawrence, David Herbert    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Lawrence, D. H.
138 poems available by this author


A BABY ASLEEP AFTER PAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: As a drenched, drowned bee
Last Line: Are a heaviness, and a weariness.
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


A LOVE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Reject me not if I should say to you
Last Line: [or, the sleep no dream nor doubt can undermine.]
Subject(s): Love


A PASSING BELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Mournfully to and fro, to and fro the trees are waving
Last Line: No, look at the wet starling.


A SPIRITUAL WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Close your eyes, my love, let me make you blind
Last Line: I hate you.


A WINTER'S TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Yesterday the fields were only grey with scattered snow
Last Line: Why does she come, when she knows what I have to tell?


AFTER MANY DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: I wonder if with you, as it is with me
Last Line: Your pleasure now.


ALL OF ROSES    Poem Text    
First Line: By the isar, in the twilight
Last Line: "here in this simmering marsh."
Variant Title(s): River Roses
Subject(s): Fear; Flowers; Roses


ANDRAITX: POMEGRANATE FLOWERS       
First Line: It is june, it is june / the pomegranates are in flower
Subject(s): Mallorca; Pomegranates; Majorca


AT A LOOSE END    Poem Text    
First Line: Many years have I still to burn, detained
Last Line: A night where she dreams my dreams for me, ever the same.
Variant Title(s): Dissolute


AT THE FRONT    Poem Text    
First Line: Far-off the lily-statues stand white-ranked in the garden
Last Line: With me, both in one hurt.
Variant Title(s): Heimweh
Subject(s): Home


AT THE WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The pine-trees bend to listen to the autumn wind as it mutters
Last Line: That watch for ever earnestly from behind the window glass.


AUTUMN SUNSHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun sets out the autumn crocuses
Last Line: Break out of this foul has-been.


BABY RUNNING BAREFOOT    Poem Text    
First Line: When the white feet of the baby beat across the grass
Last Line: Or firm and silken as young peony flowers.
Subject(s): Babies; Children; Mothers; Infants; Childhood


BABY TORTOISE    Poem Text    
First Line: You know what it is to be born alone
Last Line: Invincible fore-runner.
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


BALLAD OF ANOTHER ORPHELIA    Poem Text    
First Line: O the green glimmer of apples in the orchard
Last Line: Did you see the wicked sun that winked!


BARE ALMOND TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: Wet almond-trees, in the rain
Subject(s): Environment; Travel; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Journeys; Trips


BAT    Poem Text    
First Line: At evening, sitting on this terrace
Subject(s): Animals; Bats; Florence, Italy; Travel; Journeys; Trips


BAVARIAN GENTIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Not every man has gentians in his house
Last Line: Among the splendour of torches of darkness, shedding darkness on the lost bride and her groom.
Subject(s): Autumn; Consolation; Flowers; Gentians; Seasons; Fall; Fringed Gentians


BIRDCAGE WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: When the wind blows her veil
Last Line: I cease, I turn pale.


BITTERNESS OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, stern, cold man
Last Line: Is this what's become of you?
Variant Title(s): A Woman And Her Dead Husband;a Man Who Died
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


BLUE    Poem Text    
First Line: The earth again like a ship steams out of the dark sea over
Last Line: The darkness into play.


BLUENESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the darkness, fretted sometimes in its sleeping
Last Line: Of midnight shake it to fire, so the secret of death we see.
Variant Title(s): The Mystic Blue


BROODING GRIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: A yellow leaf from the darkness
Last Line: Of leaves and lamps and traffic mingled before me.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


BROTHER AND SISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The shorn moon trembling indistinct on her path
Last Line: Let us rise and leave her now, she will never know.
Subject(s): Brothers & Sisters


BUTTERFLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Butterfly, the wind blows sea-ward, strong beyond the garden wall
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


CALL INTO DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Since I lost you, my darling, the sky has come near
Last Line: Where you are lost, what rest, my love, what rest!
Variant Title(s): Elegy
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


COME SPRING, COME SORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: Round clouds roll in the arms of the wind
Last Line: With this year's newness! -- and is that evil?
Variant Title(s): Mating


COMING AWAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I woke, the lake-lights were quivering on the wall
Last Line: Of the impending bee -- they were fair enough sights.


DEBACLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees in trouble because of autumn
Last Line: And suffer unheeding, only forbidden to expire.
Variant Title(s): Reality Of Peace, 1916
Subject(s): Peace


DISAGREEABLE ADVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Always, sweetheart
Last Line: Of mirth; then the dripping of tears on your glove.
Variant Title(s): Irony
Subject(s): Irony


DISCIPLINE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is stormy, and raindrops cling like silver bees to the panes
Last Line: Is complete for the moment, yet wait, and you'll see that my flower will live.
Subject(s): Discipline; Youth


DISCORD IN CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Outside the house an ash-tree hung its terrible whips
Last Line: The other voice in a silence of blood, 'neath the noise of the ash.


DOLOUR OF AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: The acrid scents of autumn
Last Line: For the stars to probe.
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


DREAMS OLD AND NASCENT: NASCENT    Poem Text    
First Line: My world is a painted memory, where coloured shapes
Last Line: Then to fall back exhausted into the unconscious, molten life!
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


DREAMS OLD AND NASCENT: OLD    Poem Text    
First Line: I have opened the window to warm my hands on the sill
Last Line: The mists of vanishing tears and the echo of laughter.


DRUNK    Poem Text    
First Line: Too far away, o love, I know
Last Line: Keep with you the troth I trowed.
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


EMBANKMENT AT NIGHT, BEFORE THE WAR: CHARITY    Poem Text    
First Line: By the river / in the black wet night as the furtive rain slinks down
Last Line: The touch was on the quick. I want to forget.


EMBANKMENT AT NIGHT, BEFORE THE WAR: OUTCASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The night rain, dripping unseen
Last Line: Above intertwined plasm.


ENDLESS ANXIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: The hoar-frost crumbles in the sun
Last Line: She has no rest.


EVERLASTING FLOWERS FOR A DEAD MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Who do you think stands watching
Last Line: In glad surprise.
Subject(s): Mothers


EXCURSION TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I wonder, can the night go by,
Last Line: That would leap to you from my heart?


FLAPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Love has crept out of her sealed heart
Last Line: That she says, and her words rejoice.


FORECAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Patience, little heart
Last Line: In after years, in memory, to you.
Variant Title(s): Epilogue
Subject(s): Breasts; Desire


FROM A COLLEGE WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The glimmer of the limes, sun-heavy, sleeping
Last Line: Beyond a world I never want to join.


GIPSY    Poem Text    
First Line: I, the man with the red scarf
Last Line: Thou shalt shut doors on me.
Subject(s): Gypsies; Gipsies


GLOIRE DE DIJON    Poem Text    
First Line: When she rises in the morning
Last Line: Mellow as the glory roses.
Subject(s): Baths & Bathing; Love - Erotic; Love; Showers & Showering


GREY EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: When you went, how was it you carried with you
Last Line: Nay, take this weary book of hours away.


GRIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: The darkness steals the forms of all the queens
Last Line: Another torn red sunset come to pass.
Variant Title(s): Firelight And Nightfall
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


HOW BEASTLY THE BOURGEOIS IS    Poem Text    


HUMMINGBIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: I can imagine, in some otherworld
Variant Title(s): Humming-bird
Subject(s): Birds; Hummingbirds; Time


HYDE PARK AT NIGHT, BEFORE THE WAR: CLERKS    Poem Text    
First Line: We have shut the doors behind us, and the velvet flowers of night
Last Line: On our stream.
Subject(s): Hyde Park, London


HYMN TO PRIAPUS    Poem Text    
First Line: My love lies underground
Last Line: As we have to be.
Subject(s): Passion; Priapus


IN A BOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: See the stars, love,
Last Line: And swoon, love, swoon?


IN CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: In the choir the boys are singing the hymn
Last Line: Of our sabbath, suffusing our sacred day.
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


IN TROUBLE AND SHAME    Poem Text    
First Line: I look at the swaling sunset
Last Line: I would laugh with joy.


KANGAROO    Poem Text    
First Line: In the northern hemisphere
Subject(s): Kangaroos; Travel; Journeys; Trips


LAST WORDS TO MIRIAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Yours is the sullen [or, shame and] sorrow
Last Line: You through the flame.


LATE AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Rigid sleeps the house in darkness, I alone
Last Line: Black and phantasmal?
Variant Title(s): Phantasmagoria


LETTER FROM TOWN: ON A GREY MORNING IN MARCH    Poem Text    
First Line: The clouds are pushing in grey reluctance slowly northward to you
Last Line: To hear on its mocking triumphance unwitting the after-echo of fear.


LETTER FROM TOWN: THE ALMOND TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: You promised to send me some violets. Did you forget?
Last Line: You with loose hands of abandonment hanging down.


LIAISON    Poem Text    
First Line: A big bud of moon hangs out of the twilight
Last Line: The core of delight.


LIGHTNING    Poem Text    
First Line: I felt the lurch and halt of her heart
Last Line: Home, come home, the lightning has made it too plain!
Subject(s): Lightning; Love; Lightning Rods


LISTENING    Poem Text    
First Line: I listen to the stillness of you
Last Line: The stars are buoys.


LITTLE FISH    Poem Text    
First Line: The tiny fish enjoy themselves
Subject(s): Animals; Fish & Fishing; Anglers


LOVE ON THE FARM    Poem Text    
First Line: What large, dark hands are those at the window
Last Line: Against him, die, and find death good.
Variant Title(s): Cruelty And Love


LOVE STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Many roses in the wind
Last Line: Down the bright-grey ruin of things!


MALADE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sick grapes on the chair by the bed lie prone
Last Line: Ah, but I am ill, and it is still raining, coldly raining!
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


MIDDLE OF THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: This sea will never die, neither will it ever grow old
Subject(s): Mediterranean Sea


MONOLOGUE OF A MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the last of all, this is the last
Last Line: And my heart rebels with anguish as night draws nigher.
Subject(s): Mothers


MOUNTAIN LION    Poem Text    
First Line: Climbing through the january snow, into the lobo canyon
Subject(s): Animals; Lions; Travel; Journeys; Trips


MYSTERY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I am all
Last Line: The mystery.


NARCISSUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the minnows trace
Last Line: Your human self immortal; take the watery track.


NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: And so I cross into another world
Last Line: And kindles it further at the core of utter mystery.


NEXT MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: How have I wandered here to this vaulted room
Last Line: What is there gone against me, why am I in hell?


NOISE OF BATTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: And all hours long, the town
Last Line: Roll hollow in the interim.
Variant Title(s): Apprehension
Subject(s): War


ON THAT DAY       


PARLIAMENT HILL IN THE EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: The houses fade in a melt of mist
Last Line: Their ghastly glow.


PASSING VISIT TO HELEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Returning, I find her just the same
Last Line: Break in by making any reply!
Variant Title(s): Intime


PATIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind comes from the north
Last Line: To the lode of her agony.
Variant Title(s): Suspicion
Subject(s): Patience


PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The great gold apples of light
Last Line: They ever should be.


PIANO    Poem Text    
First Line: Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me
Last Line: Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.
Subject(s): Children; Memory; Music & Musicians; Musical Instruments; Nostalgia; Pianos; Singing & Singers; Time; Childhood; Songs


PICCADILLY CIRCUS AT NIGHT: STREETWALKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: When into the night the yellow light is roused like dust
Last Line: Sea.
Subject(s): Piccadilly, London; Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


PROPHET    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, my darling, when over the purple horizon shall loom
Last Line: Wounding themselves against her, denying her fecund embraces.


READING A LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: She sits on the recreation ground
Last Line: Hurt at the chalk-coloured tulips, and the evening-green.


RED GERANIUM AND GODLY MIGNONETTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine that any mind ever thought a red geranium!
Subject(s): Flowers; Geraniums; Mignonettes


RELEASE    Poem Text    
First Line: Helen, had I known yesterday
Last Line: Are the earth I hover over.
Subject(s): Love


RESTLESSNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: At the open door of the room I stand and look at the night
Last Line: Till at length they induce me to sleep, and to forget.


SCENT OF IRISES    Poem Text    
First Line: A faint, sickening scent of irises
Last Line: Forget each other and the bruise of our bodies' clash.]
Subject(s): Iris (Flower); Smells; Odors; Aromas; Fragrances


SCHOOL ON THE OUTSKIRTS    Poem Text    
First Line: How different, in the midst of snows, the great school rises red
Last Line: Blind.
Subject(s): Schools; Students


SEA-WEED    Poem Text    
First Line: Sea-weed sways and sways and swirls
Subject(s): Seaweed


SEVEN SEALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Since this is the last night I keep you home
Last Line: Upon you, wrapped in indomitable me.


SICKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Waving slowly before me, pushed into the dark
Last Line: The meaning out of them.


SIGH NO MORE    Poem Text    
First Line: The cuckoo and the coo-dove's ceaseless calling
Last Line: A decent short regret for that which once was very good.


SILENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Since I lost you, I am silence-haunted
Last Line: Down the noise of men.
Subject(s): Silence


SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: A snake came to my water-trough
Last Line: A pettiness.
Subject(s): Animals; Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


SONG OF A MAN WHO HAS COME THROUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: Not I, not I, but the wind that blows through me!
Last Line: Admit them, admit them.


SORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: Why does the thin grey strand
Last Line: I watched them float up the dark chimney.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


SPRING MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, through the open door
Last Line: Outside the door!
Subject(s): Spring


STUDY    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere the long mellow note of the blackbird
Last Line: All head.)


SUBMERGENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: When along the pavement
Last Line: I forget my bereavement.


SUBURBS ON A HAZY DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: O stiffly shapen houses that change not
Last Line: To leave but only the merest possible taint!


TARANTELLA    Poem Text    
First Line: Sad as he sits on the white sea-stone
Last Line: Of fiery coldness, to be gone in a lost soul's bliss.


TEASE    Poem Text    
First Line: I will give you all my keys
Last Line: Suppliant on your curious knees.


THE BRIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: My love looks like a girl to-night
Last Line: By its shape, like the thrushes in clear evenings.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE ELEPHANT IS SLOW TO MATE    Poem Text    
First Line: The elephant, the huge old beast
Subject(s): Elephants


THE END    Poem Text    
First Line: If I could have put you in my heart
Last Line: I own that some of me is dead to-night.


THE ENGLISH ARE SO NICE    Poem Text    


THE ENKINDLED SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green
Last Line: Less that the wind that runs to the flamy call!
Subject(s): Spring


THE HANDS OF THE BETROTHED    Poem Text    
First Line: Her tawny eyes are onyx of thoughtlessness
Last Line: Of her womanly virtue and of my good name.
Subject(s): Love


THE INHERITANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Since you did depart
Last Line: As they move.


THE MOSQUITO KNOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: The mosquito knows full well, small as he is
Subject(s): Mosquitoes


THE NORTH COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: In another country, black poplars shake themselves over a pond
Last Line: With violent achings heaving to burst the sleep that is now not long.
Subject(s): England; English


THE PUNISHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I have fetched the tears up out of the little wells
Last Line: My strength is shed.


THE SHIP OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Now it is autumn and the falling fruit
Subject(s): Death; Graves; Ships & Shipping; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones


THE SNAPDRAGON    Poem Text    
First Line: She bade me follow to her garden where
Last Line: And death, I know, is better than not-to-be.


THE VIRGIN MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: My little love, my darling
Last Line: Beside your bed.
Subject(s): Mothers


THE WHITE HORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The youth walks up to the white horse, to put its halter on
Subject(s): Animals; Horses; Silence


THE WILD COMMON    Poem Text    
First Line: The quick sparks on the gorse-bushes are leaping
Last Line: Owning my supple body a rare glad thing, supremely good.


THIEF IN THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night a thief came to me
Last Line: For I've lost my peace.


TO WOMEN, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED    Poem Text    
First Line: The feelings I don't have, I don't have
Subject(s): Men


TORTOISE GALLANTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Making his advances
Last Line: We will go on to the end.
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


TORTOISE SHELL    Poem Text    
First Line: The cross, the cross goes deeper in than we know
Last Line: This slow one.
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


TREES IN THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah in the thunder air / how still the trees are!
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Trees


TROTH WITH THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon is broken in twain, and half a moon
Last Line: Am lit beneath my heart with a half-moon, weird and blue.


TURNED DOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Hollow rang the house when I knocked at the door
Last Line: It shut behind her, leaving the street aghast.
Variant Title(s): Perfidy
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


TWENTY YEARS AGO    Poem Text    
First Line: Round the house were lilacs and strawberries
Last Line: God forfend!


TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Darkness comes out of the earth
Last Line: Is gone from sight.


TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Darkness comes out of the earth
Last Line: Is gone from sight.


TWO WIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Into the shadow-white chamber silts the white
Last Line: "back, you understand!"
Subject(s): Marriage; Widows & Widowers; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


TWOFOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: How gorgeous that shock of red lilies, and larkspur cleaving
Last Line: And passion unbearable seethes in the darkness, like must in a vat.


UNDER THE OAK    Poem Text    
First Line: You, if you were sensible
Last Line: What place have you in my histories?
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


VIRGIN YOUTH (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Now and again
Last Line: Tired and unsatisfied.
Subject(s): Virginity; Youth; Vestals


VIRGIN YOUTH (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Now and again
Last Line: On nothingness. Pardon me!
Subject(s): Virginity; Youth; Vestals


WEEKNIGHT SERVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: The five old bells
Last Line: In its cenotaph.


WHALES WEEP NOT    Poem Text    
First Line: They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains
Subject(s): Animals


WHEN I READ SHAKESPEARE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I read shakespeare I am struck with wonder
Subject(s): Dramatists; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Dramatists


WILLY WET-LEG    Poem Text    
First Line: I can't stand willy wet-leg
Subject(s): Hate


WINTER IN THE BOULEVARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The frost has settled down upon the trees
Last Line: Awaiting the sentence out from the welkin brought.