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Author: MUIR, EDWIN
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Muir, Edwin    Poet's Biography
151 poems available by this author


A TROJAN SLAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I've often wandered in the fields of troy
Subject(s): Troy; Trojan War; Slavery; Serfs


ABRAHAM    Poem Text    
First Line: The rivulet-loving wanderer abraham
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


ABRAHAM       
First Line: The rivulet-loving wanderer abraham
Last Line: The promise had not come, and left his bones, %far from his father's house, in alien canaan
Subject(s): Religion


ABSENT       
First Line: They are not here. And we, we are the others


ADAM'S DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: They say the first dream adam our father had
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Bible; Eve


ADAM'S DREAM       
First Line: They say the first dream adam our father had
Last Line: Cried out and was at peace, and turned again %in love and grief in eve's encircling arms
Subject(s): Adam And Eve; Bible


AFTER A HYPOTHETICAL WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: No rule nor ruler; only water and clay
Subject(s): War


AFTER A HYPOTHETICAL WAR       
First Line: No rule nor ruler: only water and day


AFTER THE FALL       
First Line: What shape had I before the fall?


ANIMALS       
First Line: They do not live in the world
Last Line: On the sixth day we came
Subject(s): Bible; Memory; Religion


ANNUNCIATION       
First Line: The angel and the girl are met
Last Line: As if their grace would never break
Subject(s): Annunciation, The; Bible; Religion


BALLAD OF HECTOR IN HADES    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, this is where I stood that day
Last Line: A corpse with streaming hair.
Subject(s): Trojan War; War


BIRTHDAY       
First Line: I never felt so much
Last Line: And stand where they first stood


BROTHERS       
First Line: Last night I watched my brothers play
Last Line: And in a vision I have seen %my brothers playing on the green
Subject(s): Brothers


CASTLE       
First Line: All through that summer at ease we lay
Last Line: And we had no arms to fight it with


CHILD DYING       
First Line: Unfriendly friendly universe, %I pack your stars into my purse
Last Line: I did not know death was so strange
Subject(s): Death - Children; Mourning; World War Ii


CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Long time he lay upon the sunny hill
Last Line: And from his house his mother called his name.
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


CITY       
First Line: Day after day we kept the dusty road
Last Line: And centuries of fear and power and awe, %and all our children in the deadly wood
Subject(s): Cities


CLOUD       
First Line: One late spring evening in bohemia
Subject(s): Travel


COMBAT       
First Line: It was not meant for human eyes
Last Line: You'd almost think it was despair


COMMEMORATION       
First Line: I wish I could proclaim
Last Line: That strong and subtle chain
Subject(s): Love; Love - Marital; Marriage


CONFIRMATION       
First Line: Yes, yours, my love, is the right human face
Last Line: But like yourself, as they were meant to be
Subject(s): Life Change Events; Love


DOUBLE ABSENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The rust-red moon above the rose-red cloud
Subject(s): Sun; Moon


DOUBLE VISION       
First Line: I do not know this place %though here for long I have run
Last Line: And what my lips say %to drown the voice of fear. %the earthly day waits


ESCAPE       
First Line: Escaping form the emeny's hand
Subject(s): War


FACE       
First Line: See me with all the terrors on my roads
Last Line: That sleeps while underneath from bound to bound %the sujn- and star-shaped killers gorge and play


FATHERS       
First Line: Our fathers all were poor
Last Line: Until the topple and fall, %and fallen let in the day


FOR ANN SCOTT-MONCRIEF (1914-1943)    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear ann, wherever you are
Last Line: Last summer in princes street
Subject(s): Scott-moncrief, Ann (1914-1943)


FOR ANN SCOTT-MONCRIEF (1914-1943)       
First Line: Dear ann, wherever you are
Last Line: While the sun shone in your face %last summer in princes street
Subject(s): Scott-moncrief, Ann (1914-1943)


GATE       
First Line: We sat, two children, warm against the wall
Last Line: In a sullen dream. We were outside, alone. %and then behind us the huge gate swung open


GOOD MAN IN HELL       
First Line: If a good man were ever housed in hell
Last Line: And love and hate and life and death begin
Subject(s): Hate


GOOD TOWN       
First Line: Look at it well. This was the good town once
Last Line: These thoughts we have, walking among our ruins


GREAT HOUSE       
First Line: However it came, this great house has gone down
Subject(s): Houses


GROVE       
First Line: There was no road at all to that high place
Last Line: There was no road except the smothering grove
Subject(s): Animals


HOLDERLIN'S JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: When holderlin started from bordeaux
Last Line: And giving thanks to god and men
Subject(s): Consolation; Holderlin, Friedrich (1770-1843)


HOLDERLIN'S JOURNEY       
First Line: When holderlin started from bordeaux
Subject(s): Consolation; Holderlin, Friedrich (1770-1843)


HORSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Those lumbering horses in the steady plough
Subject(s): Animals; Horses


HORSES       
First Line: Those lumbering horses in the steady plough
Last Line: Were bright and fearful presences to me
Subject(s): Animals; Horses


HORSES       
First Line: Barely a twelvemonth after
Last Line: But that free servitude still can pierce our hearts %our life is changed; their coming our beginning
Subject(s): Animals; Horses; War


HUMAN FOLD       
First Line: Here penned within the human fold
Last Line: I gather my bones from the bottomless clay %to lay my head in the light's lap


I SEE THE IMAGE       
First Line: I see the image of a naked man
Last Line: As if against the wall of an iron tower


IBSEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Sollness climbs the dwindling tower
Last Line: Naked to every passer-by
Subject(s): Ibsen, Henrik (1828-1906)


IN LOVE FOR LONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I've been in love for long
Subject(s): Love


IN LOVE FOR LONG       
First Line: I've been in love for long
Last Line: Between the tiger's paws %and vinicates its cause


INDUSTRIAL SCENE       
First Line: The women talk, tea-drinking by the fire'
Last Line: Venus weeps overhead. Poised on the ridge %the unemployed regard the promised land
Subject(s): Glasgow, Scotland; Labor And Laborers


INTERRIGNUM       
First Line: After the fever this long convalescence


INTERROGATION       
First Line: We could have crossed the road but hesitated
Last Line: Endurance almost done %and still the interrogation is going on
Subject(s): World War Ii


JUDAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Judas iscariot drearily
Last Line: Judas iscariot by the tree
Subject(s): Judas Iscariot (d. 30 A.d.)


KILLING       
First Line: That was the day they killed the son of god


LABYRINTH       
First Line: Since I emerged that day from the labyrinth
Last Line: And woke far on. I did not know the place


LETTERS       
First Line: Forgiveness now, about to be


LITTLE GENERAL       
First Line: Early in spring the littel general came
Last Line: Fast in the little general's fragile hand


LOVE'S REMORSE       
First Line: I feel remorse for all that time has done
Last Line: Eternity alone our wrong can right, %that makes all young again in time's despair


MARY STUART    Poem Text    
First Line: My brother jamie lost me all
Subject(s): Mary, Queen Of Scots (1542-1587); Stuart, James, Earl Of Mar & Moray; Mary Stuart


MARY STUART       
First Line: My brother jamie lost me all
Last Line: Then hack, and hack, and hack it down, %until that ruin was his own
Subject(s): Mary, Queen Of Scots (1542-1587); Stuart, James, Earl Of Mar & Moray


MERLIN    Poem Text    
First Line: O merlin in your crystal cave
Subject(s): Merlin


MERLIN       
First Line: O merlin in your crystal cave
Last Line: The day wreathed in its mound of snow %and time locked in his tower?
Subject(s): Merlin


MILTON       
First Line: Milton, his face set fair for paradise
Last Line: Saw far and near the fields of paradise.


MYTH       
First Line: My childhood all a myth
Last Line: The risen watchers stand.
Subject(s): Life


MYTHICAL JOURNEY       
First Line: First in the north. The black sea-tangle beaches
Last Line: He builds in faith and doubt his shaking house
Variant Title(s): The Journe


OEDIPUS    Poem Text    
First Line: I, oedipus, the club-foot, made to stumble
Subject(s): Oedipus


OEDIPUS       
First Line: I, oedipus, the club-foot, made to stumble
Last Line: Our natural steps and the earth and skies from harm
Subject(s): Oedipus


OLD GODS       
First Line: Old gods and goddesses who have lived so long
Last Line: As yours beneath the ever-breaking bough, %and vast compassion curving like the skies


ONE FOOT IN EDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: One foot in eden still, I stand
Subject(s): Eden


ONE FOOT IN EDEN       
First Line: One foot in eden still, I stand
Last Line: Strange blessings never in paradise %fall from these beclouded skies
Subject(s): Eden


ORPHEUS' DREAM       
First Line: And she was there. The little boat
Last Line: Alone in hades' empty hall


PENELOPE IN DOUBT    Poem Text    
First Line: Forgotten brooch and shrivelled scar
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


PENELOPE IN DOUBT       
First Line: Forgotten brooch and shrivelled scar
Last Line: Yet now she trembled at his touch
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage


READING IN WAR TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Boswell by my bed
Subject(s): Books; Boswell, James (1740-1795); War; Reading


READING IN WAR TIME       
First Line: Boswell by my bed
Subject(s): Books; Boswell, James (1740-1795); War


RECURRENCE       
First Line: All things return, niewtzche said
Last Line: Would loll at ease, miming pain, %and counterfeit mortality


REFUGEES       
First Line: A crack ran through our hearthstone long ago
Last Line: We must shape here a new philosophy
Subject(s): Refugees; World War Ii


REMEMBRANCE       
First Line: O places I have seen upon the earth


RETURN       
First Line: The doors flapped open in ulysses' house
Last Line: And winding road of the world was on his way
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Ulysses


RETURN OF THE GREEKS       
First Line: The veteran greeks came home
Last Line: Hesitant, sure and slow: %she, alone in her tower
Subject(s): Greece; Homer (10th Century B.c.); Penelope (mythology); Poetry And Poets; Trojan War


REVERIE    Poem Text    
First Line: The dark road journeys to the darkening sky
Last Line: All, all at last must take their sorrow home.
Subject(s): Love; Travel; Journeys; Trips


RIDER VICTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: The rider victory reins his horse
Last Line: Uprear their motionless statuary.
Subject(s): Horseback Riding; War


ROAD       
First Line: There is a road that turning aways
Last Line: For small is great and great is small, %and a blind seed all
Subject(s): Roads; Transience


ROBERT THE BRUCE (TO DOUGLAS IN DYING)    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Robert I. King Of Scotland (1274-1329); Death; Bruce, Robert; The Bruce; Dead, The


ROBERT THE BRUCE (TO DOUGLAS IN DYING)       
First Line: My life is done, yet all remains
Last Line: Having outfaced three english kings %and kept a people's faith


SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS    Poem Text    
First Line: They walked black bible streets and piously tilled
Last Line: Sit in the beautiful houses, mobbed by cars
Subject(s): Salem, Massachusetts; Travel; Journeys; Trips


SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS       
First Line: They walked black bible streets and piously tilled
Subject(s): Salem, Massachusetts; Travel


SCOTLAND 1941    Poem Text    
First Line: We were a tribe, a family, a people
Subject(s): Scotland


SCOTLAND'S WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Now the ice lays its smooth claws on the sill,
Subject(s): Scotland; Wiinter


SCOTLAND'S WINTER       
First Line: Now the ice lays its smooth claws on the sill
Last Line: And are content %with their poor frozen life and shallow banishment


SCOTLAND, 1941    Poem Text    
First Line: We were a tribe, a family, a people
Subject(s): Scotland


SCOTLAND, 1941       
First Line: We were a tribe, a family, a people
Last Line: And melt to pity the annalist's iron tongue
Subject(s): Scotland


SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should your face so please me
Subject(s): Love


SONG       
First Line: Why should your face so please me
Last Line: Of love and peace, not heartless love %the lancer
Subject(s): Love


SUBURBAN DREAM       
First Line: Walking the suburbs in the afternoon
Last Line: Fanfare of motor horns %and the masters come


THE ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: They do not live in the world
Subject(s): Bible; Memory; Religion; Theology


THE ANNUNCIATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The angel and the girl are met
Subject(s): Annunciation, The; Bible; Religion; Theology


THE BROTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night I watched my brothers play
Subject(s): Brothers; Half-brothers


THE CASTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: All through that summer at ease we lay
Subject(s): War; Bribery; Treason


THE CHILD DYING    Poem Text    
First Line: Unfriendly friendly universe, / I pack your stars into my purse
Subject(s): Death - Children; Mourning; World War Ii; Death - Babies; Bereavement; Second World War


THE CLOUD    Poem Text    
First Line: One late spring evening in bohemia
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE COMBAT    Poem Text    
First Line: It was not meant for human eyes
Subject(s): Animals


THE CONFIRMATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, yours, my love, is the right human face
Subject(s): Life Change Events; Love


THE DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Issuing from the word
Subject(s): Creation


THE DIFFICULT LAND    Poem Text    
First Line: This is a difficult land. Here things miscarry
Subject(s): Farm Life; Endurance; Survival; Agriculture; Farmers


THE FINDER FOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: Will you, sometime, who have sought so look, and seek
Subject(s): Seeking


THE GATE    Poem Text    
First Line: We sat, two children, warm against the wall
Subject(s): Children; Coming Of Age; Innocence; Childhood


THE GOOD MAN IN HELL    Poem Text    
First Line: If a good man were ever housed in hell
Subject(s): Hell; Hate


THE GOOD MAN IN HELL    Poem Text    
First Line: If a good man were ever housed in hell
Subject(s): Hate


THE GOOD TOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Look at it well. This was the good town once
Subject(s): City & Town Life


THE GREAT HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: However it came, this great house has gone down
Last Line: Who built in chaos our bastion and our home
Subject(s): Houses


THE GROVE    Poem Text    
First Line: There was no road at all to that high place
Subject(s): Animals


THE HORSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Barely a twelvemonth after
Subject(s): Animals; Horses; War


THE INCARNATE ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: The windless northern surge, the sea-gull's scream
Subject(s): Christianity


THE INTERROGATION    Poem Text    
First Line: We could have crossed the road but hesitated
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


THE KILLING    Poem Text    
First Line: That was the day they killed the son of god
Subject(s): Crucifixion; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion


THE LABYRINTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Since I emerged that day from the labyrinth
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


THE MYTH    Poem Text    
First Line: My childhood all a myth
Last Line: The faithful watchers stood
Subject(s): Life; Childhood Memories


THE RECURRENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: All things return, nietzsche said
Subject(s): Life


THE REFUGEES       
First Line: A crack ran through our hearthstone long ago
Subject(s): Refugees; World War Ii; Second World War


THE RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: I see myself sometimes, an old man
Subject(s): Old Age; Time; Mythology - Classical; Ulysses; Odysseus


THE RETURN OF ODYSSEUS    Poem Text    
First Line: The doors flapped open in ulysses' house


THE RETURN OF THE GREEKS    Poem Text    
First Line: The veteran greeks came home
Subject(s): Greece; Homer (10th Century B.c.); Penelope (mythology); Poetry & Poets; Trojan War; Greeks; Iliad; Odyssey


THE RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: The silent stream flows on and in its glass
Subject(s): War; Rivers


THE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a road that turning aways
Subject(s): Roads; Transience; Paths; Trails; Impermanence


THE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I was haunted all that day by memories knocking


THE SUFFICIENT PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: See, all the silver roads wind in, lead in


THE TRANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lulled by la belle dame sans merci he lies
Variant Title(s): The Enchanted Knight
Subject(s): Knights & Knighthood


THE TRANSFIGURATION    Poem Text    
First Line: So from the ground we felt that virtue branch
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


THE TROPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: The wise king crowned with blessings on his throne
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


THE WAYSIDE STATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Here at the wayside station, as many a morning
Subject(s): Morning


THE WEST    Poem Text    
First Line: We followed them into the west
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE WHEEL    Poem Text    
First Line: How can I turn this wheel that turns my life
Subject(s): Wheels


THE YOUNG PRINCES    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a time: we were young princelings then
Subject(s): Youth; Aging


THEN       
First Line: There were no men and women then at all
Last Line: As if that fury of death itself were dying


THEN ...    Poem Text    
First Line: There were no men or women then at all
Subject(s): Prehistoric People


THEY COULD NOT TELL ME WHO SHOULD BE MY LORD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): God


THREE MIRRORS       
First Line: I looked in the first glass
Last Line: Our life is changed: their coming our beginning


TO THE OLD GODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Old gods and goddesses who have lived so long
Subject(s): Goddesses & Gods


TOWN BETRAYED       
First Line: Our homes are eaten out by time
Last Line: Have sworn to bring us low


TOY HORSE       
First Line: See him, the gentle bible beast


TRANCE       
First Line: Lulled by la belle dame sans merci he lies
Last Line: Now he tries to lift %the insulting weight that stays and breaks his heart
Variant Title(s): The Enchanted Knigh
Subject(s): Knights And Knighthood


TRANSFIGURATION       
First Line: So from the ground we felt that virtue branch
Last Line: Be quite undone and never more be done


TRANSMUTATION       
First Line: That all should change to ghost and glance and gleam


TRISTRAM'S JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: He strode across the room and flung
Last Line: And he was in his place
Subject(s): Tristram & Isolde; Travel


TROPHY       
First Line: The wise king crowned with blessings on his throne
Last Line: Or father and son, co-princes of one mind, %irreconcilables,their treaty signed
Subject(s): World War Ii


TROY    Poem Text    
First Line: He all that time among the sewers of troy
Last Line: Asking: “where is the treasure?” till he died
Subject(s): Trojan War; Troy


TROY       
First Line: He all that time among the sewers of troy
Last Line: Asking: 'where is the treasure?' till he died
Subject(s): Trojan War; Troy


USURPERS       
First Line: There is no answer. We do here what we will
Last Line: These are imaginations. We are free


VARIATIONS ON A TIME THEME, SELS.       


VOYAGE       
First Line: That sea was greater than we knew
Last Line: The dream and a truth we clutched as ours, %and gladly, blindly stepped on earth


WAY       
First Line: Friend, I have lost the way
Last Line: And what will come at last? %the road leads on


WAYSIDE STATION       
First Line: Here at the wayside station, as many a morning
Last Line: Through the day and time and war and history


WEST       
First Line: We followed them into the west
Last Line: Say 'now' and 'here,' and are in our own house


WHEEL       
First Line: How can I turn this wheel that turns my life
Subject(s): Wheels


WINDOW       
First Line: Within the great wall's perfect round
Last Line: Across the towering window fled %disasters, victories, festivals