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Author: VERLAINE, PAUL
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Verlaine, Paul    Poet's Biography
296 poems available by this author


A BAD SLEEPER    Poem Text    
First Line: He is a bad sleeper and it is a joy to me
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


A CONFESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: O my god, thou hast wounded me with love
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


A FORGOTTEN TUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: A frail hand hovering sets the keys astir
Last Line: Beyond the window where the garden blows?
Subject(s): Longing; Music & Musicians


A GREAT DARK SLEEP    Poem Text    
Last Line: A sorry story
Subject(s): Sleep


ABOVE THE ROOF THE SKY IS FAIR       
Last Line: Tell me, what have you done, you there, %with youth's best years?'


ACCOMPANYING A SKETCH       
First Line: Verlaine, paul - artist: felix regamey
Last Line: Digests his bacon slab and slice of cod


AFTER THREE YEARS       
First Line: Thrusting open the narrow door, leaving it to swing


ALLEGORY       
First Line: Despotic, heavy, colorless, the summer
Last Line: Extends its flowings and its flowings back... %wasps, here and there, are flying, yellow and black


ALLEGORY       
First Line: Despotic summer, heavy, colorless
Last Line: Black, yellow dragonflies dart here, dart there


ALLEGORY       
First Line: A mountain summit - yellow, faint: and there
Last Line: Counterfeit as my very destiny?


AMONG THE TREES       
Last Line: From realms above... %the hour for love


AN EXCHANGE OF FEELINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the old park, deserted in the frost
Last Line: And in the little garden die again?
Subject(s): Love; Mourning; Bereavement


AND GOD SAID TO ME: MY SON, YOU MUST LOVE ME. YOU SEE       
Last Line: I sweated the sweat of your nighttimes, pitiable friend %whoseeks for me where I am?


ANGUISH       
First Line: Nature, thou movst me not at all, nor fields


ANOTHER DRINK SONG       
First Line: When all is said and done, I win
Last Line: - yes, share (a little of) this fine schiedam divine!


ANOTHER SONG WITHOUT WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Too red, too red the roses were
Last Line: And of all things but you . . . But you. . . .
Subject(s): Flowers; Hair; Roses; Singing & Singers


APATHY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the empire at the end of its decadence
Last Line: Nothing but a nameless boredom to afflict you.
Subject(s): Apathy; France


ARS POETICA       
First Line: First and foremost comes musical line
Last Line: And all the rest is literary


ARS POETICA       
First Line: Music first and foremost! In your verse
Last Line: All the rest is nothing more than writing


ARSEHOLE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is shy as a gathered eyelet
Last Line: I fed that famished mouth my ambergris
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


ARSEHOLE       
First Line: It is shy as a gathered eyelet
Last Line: I fed that famished mouth my ambergris
Subject(s): Erotic Love


ART OF POETRY       
First Line: Music before everything, and for that reason, prefer lines of an un-
Last Line: Smells of mint and thyme--and anything else in literature


ART OF POETRY       
First Line: Music before anything else, and for such composing
Last Line: Which always smells of thyme and of mint... %and all the rest is literature


AUTUMN SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The heavy thrall / of the sobbing call
Last Line: Dead leaf.
Subject(s): Autumn


AUTUMN SONG       
First Line: The long sobs of the autumn violins owund my heart with a melan-
Last Line: Bears me now here, now there, like a dead leaf


AUTUMN SONG       
First Line: The sobs long drawn %of the autumn %violins
Last Line: To this area %and that, like the %leaf that is dead


AUTUMN SONG       
First Line: Violins complain %of autumn again
Last Line: And I rise and go %like a dead leaf


AUTUMN SONG       
First Line: The autumn's throbbing %strings moan, sobbing
Last Line: Now here, now there - %aimless, lost


AWAKENING       
First Line: It's back to poetry for me!
Last Line: It's back to poetry for me


BAD SLEEPER       
First Line: He is a bad sleeper and it is a joy to me
Last Line: Am I hapy? Totus in benigo positus!
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BEAUTE DES FEMMES, LEUR FAIBLESSE, ET CES MAINS       


BEAUTIFUL FALSELIGHT GLEAMS ALL DAY, MY SOUL       


BEAUTY OF WOMEN, WEAKNESS, PALE SOFT SKIN       
Last Line: When death arrives, what lasts when we are gone?


BEFORE YOU DEPART       
Last Line: --quick, quick, for here comes %the golden sun.--


BLONDE? BROWN? WHICH IS YOUR HAIR?       
Last Line: My pleasure, serve my being's most treasured need!


BON CHEVALIER MASQUE QUI CHEVAUCHEEN SILENCE       


BOURNEMOUTH       
First Line: Le long bois de sapins se tord jusqu'au rivage


BRIGHT IN THE EVENING'S GRAY AND PINKISH BLUR       
Last Line: You, who will soon be dying, over by %the window open on the greenery?


BRUSSELS       
First Line: The fleeting hills and slopes are pink and greenish, in a half-light of
Last Line: Side. The fields around--oh! Why is our love not nestled there!


BRUSSELS, MERRY-GO-ROUND       
First Line: Go round, go round, good merry-go-round
Last Line: Now the lover and his mistress depart. %go round to the joyful sound of the drums!


C'EST L'EXTASE LANGOUREUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is the ecstasy of languor
Subject(s): Conscientious Objectors


C'EST L'EXTASE LANGOUREUSE       
First Line: It is the ecstasy of languor
Last Line: Through this tepid evening, so low
Subject(s): Conscientious Objectors


CHANSON D'AUTOMNE    Poem Text    
First Line: The autumn wind wails thin, / like a sobbing violin
Last Line: When the winter gusts begin to and fro
Subject(s): Wind; Grief; Winter


CHANSON D'AUTOMNE       
First Line: The long-drawn sighs


CHARLEROI       
First Line: The kobolds come! %grass, black. And deep
Last Line: The winds. They weep. %or so think some


CIRCUMSPECTION       
First Line: Give me your hand, hold still your breath, let's sit
Last Line: Nature, that fearsome god, ferocious, mute


CITY!' GAUDY CLUSTER OF WHITE STONES       
Last Line: Harbors a soul, racked, weeping, rent in two


CLAIR DE LUNE       
First Line: Your soul is a moonlit landscape fair
Subject(s): Moon


CLAIR DE LUNE       
First Line: Your soul is a sealed garden, and there go
Last Line: And the slim fountains sob into the air %among the marble statues in the glade
Subject(s): Moon


CLAIR DE LUNE       
First Line: Your soul is a moonlit landscape fair
Subject(s): Moon


COLLOQUE SENTIMENTAL    Poem Text    
First Line: In the deserted park, silent and vast
Last Line: And night alone o'erheard the things they said.


COLLOQUE SENTIMENTAL       
First Line: In the old, desolate park, in frost
Last Line: Their talk only the night has caught


COLLOQUE SENTIMENTALE       
First Line: In the old park, solitary and vast


COLOMBINE       
First Line: The foolish leander


COLOMBINE       
First Line: The dimwitted leander, %the hood-headed cassander
Last Line: Her legion d'amour %of dupes?


CONFESSION       
First Line: O my god, hou hast wounded me with love
Subject(s): Religion


CORTEGE    Poem Text    
First Line: A silver-vested monkey trips
Last Line: Indifferent or unaware.
Subject(s): Monkeys


CORTEGE       
First Line: An ape, in brocade jacket dressed
Last Line: Brash tribute that her pets are paying


COVERING THE LAND       
Last Line: Blurring the terrain, snow haze gleams like sand


CRIMEN AMORIS (THE CRIME OF LOVE)       
First Line: In a palace, silk and gold, in ecbatana
Last Line: Adores, expands in an ecstasy and beseeches %the merciful god who will keep us form evil


DAHLIA       
First Line: Hard-bosomed courtesan, magnificent
Last Line: Irksome, among the jasmines, who abhor you!


DEATH       
First Line: Our swords commands are silent now, expect
Last Line: Death that, in victory, sings its affirmation


DREAM       
First Line: No! No more poetry! I'm through!
Last Line: For a reason: for tomorrow I'm %inheriting a sack of gold


DRINK SONG       
First Line: A drunken sot, that's what I am!
Last Line: I can't go fetch a glass or two to treat you to


E'S FINCH       
First Line: Incredible: that pretty finch of e's
Last Line: You added this, as bright a mot as that: %'perhaps he'd have gone better on my hat!'
Subject(s): Love


ECOUTEZ LA CHANSON BIEN DOUCE       


EN SOURDINE       
First Line: Calm where the twilight leaves have stilled
Last Line: The delight of our despair
Subject(s): Love


ERE THY SOFT RAY BE LOST    Poem Text    
Last Line: Behold! The first sunbeam
Subject(s): Dawn


EXCHANGE OF FEELINGS       
First Line: In the old park, deserted in the frost
Last Line: So they walk on in the self-seeding grass %with only night to hear them as they pass
Subject(s): Love; Mourning


EXILE       
First Line: O sad, o sad my spirit was
Subject(s): Love


FALL SONG       
First Line: Low notes drawn long, %fall's fiddlesong
Last Line: Like a leaf %once alive


FALLING DUSK       
First Line: The rising moon glows red through fitful sleep
Last Line: Come, love, watch venus rise, for it is night


FALSE IMPRESSION       
First Line: Madam mouse trips by
Last Line: Up, you dawdler, you!


FAUN       
First Line: Antique clay faun


FAUN       
First Line: An old terra-cotta faun laughs out
Last Line: Unto this hour whose fligt whirls to %the sound of the tambourins


FAUN       
First Line: An ancient terra cotta faun %laughs on the green: sign, probably
Last Line: To this one hour, now spun and gone %midst tambourines' cacophony


FEMME ET CHATTE    Poem Text    
First Line: O she was playing with her cat
Last Line: By four bright stars of phosphorus
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


FEMME ET CHATTE       
First Line: They were just playing, lady and cat
Last Line: Four dazzling points of phosphor gleamed
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


FEMME ET CHATTE       
First Line: O she was playing with her cat
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


FETES GALANTES: A CLYMENE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mystical strains unheard
Last Line: So let it be!


FETES GALANTES: CYTHERE    Poem Text    
First Line: By favourable breezes fanned
Last Line: The folly of love's sacrifices.


FETES GALANTES: FANTOCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Scaramouche waves a threatening hand
Last Line: Of the loud languorous nightingale.


FETES GALANTES: L'ALEE    Poem Text    
First Line: As in the age of shepherd king and queen
Last Line: The slightly simpering sparkle of the eye.


FETES GALANTES: L'AMOUR PAR TERRE    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind the other evening over threw
Last Line: Brightening the littered leaves upon the ground?


FETES GALANTES: LES INDOLENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Bah! Spite of fate, that says us nay
Last Line: Ha! Ha! Ha! What fantastic lovers!


FETES GALANTES: MANDOLINE    Poem Text    
First Line: The singers of serenades
Last Line: Ecstasy of the moon.
Subject(s): Musical Instruments


FETES GALANTES: PANYOMIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Pierrot, no sentimental swain
Last Line: And in her heart a voice that sighs.
Subject(s): Pantomime


FETES GALANTES: ROMANCES SANS PAROLE, SELECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Tears in my heart that weeps
Last Line: Why thou hast all this woe.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


FETES GALANTES: ROMANCES SANS PAROLE: 4       
First Line: O sad, sad was my soul, alas
Last Line: We are divided or together
Subject(s): Love


FETES GALANTES: ROMANCES SANS PAROLE: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: The roses were all red
Last Line: And all but you, alas
Subject(s): Love


FETES GALANTES: ROMANCES SANS PAROLE: 7       
First Line: The roses were all red
Last Line: And all but you, alas
Subject(s): Love


FOG!       
First Line: Our paris fog is dull; one might
Last Line: I worship her, and she loves me


FOR ARTHUR RIMBAUD       
First Line: Human, an angel, and a demon - or
Last Line: White feet, in triumph, poised on envy's head


FOR BIBI-PUREE       
First Line: Curious bird, %bibi-puree
Last Line: Your paupery, your opulence?


FOR CHARLES BAUDELAIRE       
First Line: I do not know you now, or like you, nor
Last Line: A simple death, eh? We, brothers in sin


FOR CLYMENE       
First Line: Songs of the gondolier, %vague, wordless airs; my dear
Last Line: My tenuous heart, amen! %so be it then!


FOR EDMOND LEPELLETIER       
First Line: My oldest friend, last of that score
Last Line: Heart; for won't we, too, join their number?


FOR GEORGES VERLAINE       
First Line: This book will reach you as, in bygone time
Last Line: Fear god, hate none, bear well your name that I, %in proper fashion, bore


FOR MADEMOISELLE       
First Line: Rustic belle, indiscreet, %dark-corner debauchee
Last Line: I envy all those clods %who get to lie with you


FROM SAGESSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Slumber dark and deep
Last Line: Silence, like the grave.
Subject(s): Dreams; Rest; Silence; Sleep; Nightmares


GARDEN WAY       
First Line: Fair as a queen in mock-heroic days
Last Line: Sets off the sparkle in her pale blue eyes


GERMAIN NOUVEAU       
First Line: Ce fut a londres, ville ou l'anglaise domine


GOD SPAKE AND SAID    Poem Text    
Last Line: Thy neighbor in the dark o hapless fried
Subject(s): God


GREAT BLACK SOMNOLENCE FALLS OVER MY LIFE. SLEEP...       
Last Line: Bad--such a misfortune! I am a cradel rocked by a hand in the depths of %a vault. Silence, silence!


GREAT DARK DROWSINESS       
Last Line: A hand is rocking in %the pit of a burial vault: %be silent,be silent!


GREEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Here fruit and flowers I bring to thee; green leaves and sprays I proffer
Last Line: And sleep awhile, when thy fond love its haven shall have found.
Subject(s): Flowers; Kisses; Love; Nature; Soul


GREEN       
First Line: Here you have fruits and flowers and boughs with leaves
Last Line: In a brief sleep, since you too are at rest


GREEN       
First Line: Here are some fruits, some flowers, some branches and
Last Line: Let it calm down from the good tempest, %and let me sleep a little since you are resting


GREEN       
First Line: Here, take these boughs, leaves, fruits, and flowers. And take
Last Line: Me sleep a little, even as you rest


HEDGES BILLOW LIKE THE SEA'S       
Last Line: Up, up, into the milk-white sky


HOPE SHINES LIKE A BLADE OF STRAW IN THE CATTLE STABLE       
Last Line: Hope shines like a pebble in a pit. Ah, when %will the roses of september flower again?


HOPE SHINES LIKE A WISP OF STRAW IN THE STABLE. WHAT DO...       
Last Line: Hope shines like a stone in a hole on the road. Ah, hwen will the sep- %tember roses flower again!


HOPE SHINES SMALL, A SPLINTER OF STRAW IN THE STABLE       


HORN'S SOUND IN THE WOOD SOBS DOLEFULLY       
Last Line: Spreads, lanquid, its caress over the land


HOUR OF THE SHEPHERD       
First Line: The moon hanging red on the fog


HUNTING HORN GRIEVES TOWARDS THE FOREST WITH       
Last Line: For such sweetness on this monotonous evening dwells %in which a sluggish landscape coddles itself


I DREAMED OF YOU LAST NIGHT; AND YOU       
Last Line: But more our festive lustfulness!


I KNOW NOT WHY    Poem Text    
Last Line: On restless, frantic pinions
Subject(s): Soul


I USED TO WANDER AIMLESSLY       
Last Line: Joined us as one in joyousness


I'M POORER THAN I'VE EVER BEEN       
Last Line: My very senses lie in thrall %to your command?


I'VE HAD NO LUCK WITH WOMEN       
Last Line: You love me, don't you? And I love you


IL BACIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Kiss! Hollyhock in love's luxuriant close!
Last Line: Red lips of one I know, a light and smile!
Subject(s): Kisses


IL PLEUT DOUCEMENT SUR LA VILLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tears fall within mine heart
Last Line: Mine heart is desolate.
Subject(s): Desolation; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


IN MARY'S HUMBLE EAR       
Last Line: His every wish and whim: %and that's enough for him


IN MUTED TONE       
First Line: Gently, let us steep our love
Last Line: Our despair will, solemn, sing


IN MY HEART THERE IS WEEPING       
Last Line: Without love or hate to explain %my heart feels so much pain!


IN THAT CAFE CROWDED WITH FOOLS WE STOOD       
Last Line: Under the table jetted great white sneezes


IN THE ENDLESS ENNUI       
Last Line: Of the meadowland %snow falling unsteadily %glistens like sand


IN THE INTERMINABLE       


IN THE STYLE OF PAUL VERLAINE       
First Line: It's the moonlight's fault if I put on
Last Line: Not without its pains, injected me


IN THE UNDENDING / TEDIUM OF THE PLAIN       


IN THE WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Other people - innocents or lunatics / find in the woods only pallid charms
Last Line: Sound like waiting assassins plotting to strike.
Subject(s): Fear; Forests; Night; Woods; Bedtime


INNOCENCE       
First Line: High heels and trailing skirts confront strong winds
Last Line: We thought our very being throbbed with love


INNOCENT BOYS       
First Line: High heels caught in a swirl of lace


INNOCENTS WE       
First Line: Their long skirts and high heels battled away
Last Line: Lies that still set our souls trembling with awe


IT'S THANKS TO YOU I SEE HOW I       
Last Line: Drawn by a double magnet toward %the devil...Or whatever


IT'S THE LANGUOROUS ECSTASY       
Last Line: Love, this balmy eventide, %in a humble, soft refrain


KALEIDOSCOPE       
First Line: On a street in the heart of a dream city, it will be just as if one had
Last Line: The shimmering sound of a bee in flight


KALEIDOSCOPE       
First Line: On a street, in the heart of a dream city
Last Line: In the summer's grass, to the moire noise of the flight of a bee


L'ALLEE       
First Line: Strawberry juice cheeks and dusted eyes (something


LA MER DE BOURNEMOUTH       
First Line: La me est plus belle


LA PROMENADE       
First Line: The sky so pale, and the trees, such frail things
Last Line: With a shy pity pouting in the mouth


LAME SONNET       
First Line: Ah, it's really sad, ah, really it's ending too badly. It shouldn't be
Last Line: Ending too badly, it's sad. O the fire from heaven on this city from the %bible!


LANE       
First Line: Face painted, powdered, as in olden days'
Last Line: The slightly daft flamboyance of her glances


LANGUOR    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the empire at the end of its decadence


LANGUOR       
First Line: I am the empire at the end of the decadence, watching the tall white
Last Line: Lascivious slave hwo neglects me, nothing but a weariness of heaven knows-what afflicting me


LANGUOR       
First Line: I am the empire at the end of its decadence


LANGUOR       
First Line: I am the empire as the decadence
Last Line: Only a vague ennui's dim, obscure anguish


LANGUOR       
First Line: I am the empire at the end of decadence
Last Line: As rest from ennui, an empty spirit's play


LAST 'FETE GALANTE'       
First Line: Once and for all, enough! Let's bid adieu
Last Line: With howl and hoot, for sodom and gomorrah


LAST HOPE       
First Line: Beside a humble stone, a tree
Last Line: Will your love keep my memory fresh?


LAST STANZA       
First Line: Belgium, whom I owe my harsh leisure to
Last Line: Open your stolid prison: let me be!


LATE WISDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Above the roof, the sky expands
Last Line: Of long ago.
Subject(s): Life; Tears


LETTRE (FROM FETES GALANTES)    Poem Text    
First Line: Far from your side removed by thankless
Last Line: Be worth the trouble it took to write?
Subject(s): Love


LETTRE (FROM FETES GALANTES)       
First Line: Far from your side removed by thankless
Last Line: Be worth the trouble that it took to write
Subject(s): Love


LIGHT OF THE MOON       
First Line: Your soul is a rare landscape
Last Line: And jets of water weep with joy, %thin jets of water among marble statues


LIKE CITY'S RAIN, MY HEART       
Last Line: As simply not to know %why my heart suffers so


LIMBO       
First Line: Queen imagination - she %of the outspread wings: her gown
Last Line: Now queen madgination reigns %solitary in her glory


LISTEN TO THE GENTLE SONG, WHICH WEEPS ONLY TO PLEASE...       
Last Line: Message is clear. Listen to the wise song


LOINS       
First Line: Last night two women came to me, a pair
Last Line: Astonished at my utter apathy


LONDRES       
First Line: Un dimanche d'ete quand le soleil s'en mele


LOVE CAST DOWN       
First Line: The wind, one night, laid cupid's statue low
Last Line: Flitting above love's bower-blown remains


LOVE OVERTURNED       
First Line: The rude wind the other night cast down poor love


LOVER'S HOUR       
First Line: Behind a film of mist the moon is red
Last Line: White venus now comes out, and it is night


LOVER, WHEN YOU LOOK FOR LICE       
Last Line: I'll come out the winner!


LOVERS' CHAT       
First Line: In the drear park, beneath a chill, bleak sky
Last Line: And night alone heard what they had to say


LUST       
First Line: Flesh, sole fruit tasted of earthly orchards, bitter and sweet fruit that
Last Line: Overcome the dreamer, a holy hour or not, what does it matter to your %ecstasy, love and flesh?
Subject(s): Lust


MANDOLIN       
First Line: The serenaders and %the beautiful listeners bandy
Last Line: Of a moon that is pink and gray, %and the mandolin chatters away %amid the shivers of the breeze


MANDOLIN       
First Line: There, beneath the echoing trees
Last Line: Twangs the breezes with its tune


MANDOLINS       
First Line: The strolling minstrels sing
Last Line: Strum half-remembered tunes


MON REVE FAMILIER       
First Line: Je fais souvent ce reve etrange et penetrant


MOON SHINES WHITE       
Last Line: Made iridescent %by the star... %it's the exquisite hour


MOONLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Your soul is a landscape rare
Last Line: To the tall fountains, slender among the statuary
Subject(s): Moon; Gardens & Gardens & Gardening; Soul; Love; Landscape


MOONLIGHT       
First Line: Your soil is a chosen landscape
Last Line: The great, slim fountains between the statues


MOONLIGHT       
First Line: Your soul is a selected landscape that maskers
Last Line: And the fountains weep with ecstasy, %the great svelte fountains amid the marble statues


MOONLIGHT       
First Line: Your soul is like a landscape fantasy
Last Line: Slender jet-fountains - sob their ecstasies


MORNING STAR, BEFORE YOU PALE       
Last Line: See? The golden sun comes peeping!


MY APOLOGY       
First Line: I am a strange man, just a criminal
Last Line: But, lord, keep me from the foolishness of pride


MY FAMILIAR DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Often I have this dream, strange and penetrating
Last Line: The tone of dear voices, those that have died
Subject(s): Dreams; Love; Nightmares


MY FAMILIAR DREAM       
First Line: I often have this strange and penetrating dream
Last Line: For her voice, distant, and calm, and grave, she has %the inflection of beloved voices that have bec


MY FAMILIAR DREAM       
First Line: I often have a strange and penetrating dream
Last Line: The inflection of dear voices that have become silent


MY FAMILIAR DREAM       
First Line: Often I dream this poignant fantasy
Last Line: The music of dear voices heard no more


MYSTCIAL EVENING TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Memory, with the twilight's dusky light
Last Line: Memory, with the twilight's dusky light
Subject(s): Evening; Memory; Sunset; Twilight


MYSTICAL DIALOGUE       
First Line: My god said: 'love me, son! Dost thou not see'
Subject(s): Love


MYSTICAL EVENING TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Memory, with the twilight's dusky light


MYSTICAL EVENING TWILIGHT       
First Line: Memory, with the twilight's dusky light
Last Line: Memory, with the twilight's dusky light


NEVERMORE    Poem Text    
First Line: Memory, what wilt thou with me? Autumn gales
Last Line: "the first-heard ""yes"" from the belovéd lips."
Subject(s): Evening; Memory


NEVERMORE       
First Line: Memory, memory, what do you want from me?
Last Line: What a charming murmur there rustling slips %the first yes that issues from beloved lips


NEVERMORE       
First Line: Memory, memory, what do you want from me?
Last Line: The first yes that issued from those beloved lips


NEVERMORE       
First Line: Come, my poor heart, come, old friend true and tried
Last Line: #name?


NIGHT SCENE       
First Line: Night, rain, spires, empty-windowed turrets, jutting
Last Line: Glistening athwart the javelins of the rain


NIGHT SCENE       
First Line: Night. Rain. Spires, empty-windowed turrets, jutting
Last Line: Glistening athwart the javelins of the rain


O HEARKEN THE SO GENTLE PLAINT    Poem Text    
Last Line: O! Hearken the celestial song
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Soul


ODE: TO MY LOVERS       
First Line: My lovers %(simple chaps)
Last Line: And make a feast of shit and cum, of ass and thighs!
Subject(s): Homosexuality


OH SAD, SAD WAS MY SOUL    Poem Text    
Last Line: We were exiled far and long ago?
Subject(s): Grief; Love Complaints


ON A COPY OF LES FLEURS DU MAL       
First Line: These poems, strange, are, to my mind
Last Line: If he could speak the angels' tongue


ON THE BALCONY    Poem Text    
First Line: Both watched the uncertain swallows sudden farewell
Last Line: The tumbled, odorous bed, wide-opening in the gloom.
Subject(s): Flowers; Love; Romance; Roses


ON THE GRASS       
First Line: Marquis, your wig is crooked.' 'mine?'
Last Line: Good evening, moon!...' 'fa, mi, re, do...'


OTHER       
First Line: The jail yard: marigolds, like woes
Last Line: In peace a-plenty, %relishing our %dolce far niente


PANTOMIME       
First Line: Pierrot - no swain clitander, he
Last Line: And voices whispering in her heart


PARISIAN SKETCH       
First Line: Lacquering moon


PARSIFAL       
First Line: Parsifal has vanquished the maidens, their sweet chatter and amusing
Last Line: Glory and symbol, in which the real blood shines--and, oh those boys' %voices singing in the dome!


PARSIFAL       
First Line: Parsifal has overcome the lemans
Last Line: The chalice in which glows the real blood, %-oh, all that children's singing from the minister!


PAYSAGE EN LINCOLNSHIRE       
First Line: L'echelonnement des haies


PEACEFUL EYES MY ONLY WEALTH    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Orphans; Foundlings


PENNY PICTURES       
First Line: From all sweet sorrows I put together my magic! Paul, with red
Last Line: Credit is in charge of ticket sales. Step right up!


PENSIONNAIRES    Poem Text    
First Line: The one was fifteen years old, the other sixteen
Last Line: And, blushing, smiled innocently
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


PENSIONNAIRES       
First Line: The one was fifteen years old, the other sixteen
Last Line: And blushingly, smiled innocently
Subject(s): Homosexuality


PIANO THAT A FRAIL HAND KISSES GLEAMS       
Last Line: That towards the slightly opened window will die %above the little garden by and by?


PIERROT       
First Line: No more the old song's moonlight dreamer he
Last Line: That sharp-nosed near-death mask, so ghastly, grim


PROLOGUE       
First Line: Dim-lit, those visions born of night
Last Line: Unto the heavens' blue-arching span


PUPPETS       
First Line: Polichinelle and his colleague
Last Line: The longings of a heart distressed


PUPPETS       
First Line: Scaramouche and pulchinella
Last Line: Singing dull songs with loud distress


QUATRAIN       
First Line: With neither joy nor penitence
Last Line: Comes from a grinning skeleton


RECOLLECTION OF MANCHESTER       
First Line: A glimpse of salford, just a corner, was
Last Line: My utter reverence for shakekspeare's verse


REFLECTIONS IN THE FOGBOUND RIVULET       
Last Line: Your drowned hopes, wailful, weep their grief!


RESIGNATION       
First Line: Tout enfant, j'allais revant ko-hinnor


RESIGNATION       
First Line: Sleep, darksome, deep


SAILING       
First Line: The evening star flickers and glints
Last Line: Over the water, dreaming, dark


SAINT SET IN HER STAINED-GLASS GLOW       
Last Line: That carolingian name she bears


SEASCAPE       
First Line: The moon, in mourning, eyes
Last Line: Roars with its mighty thunder


SEASHELLS       
First Line: Each seashell in the walls where we
Last Line: But one there was that fired my blood


SENTIMENAL COLLOQUY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the old, lonely park all white with frost
Last Line: And only night can hear the words they say
Variant Title(s): Sentimental Dialogue; Sentimental Conversation
Subject(s): Love


SENTIMENAL COLLOQUY       
First Line: In the old, lonely park all white with frost
Subject(s): Love


SENTIMENTAL COLLOQUY       
First Line: In the ancient park, solitary and vast
Last Line: And only the night heard the words they said


SENTIMENTAL COLLOQUY       
First Line: In the deserted old park now frozen fast
Last Line: In the wild oatsthus their steps they led, %and night alone heard the words they said


SENTIMENTAL CONVERSATION       
First Line: In a lonely, frozen park
Subject(s): Supernatural


SENTIMENTAL STROLL       
First Line: The sunset darted low its splendorous rays
Last Line: Great lilies, lying tranquil, on the pond


SHEPHERD'S HOUR       
First Line: The rising moon shines reddish through the mist
Last Line: White, venus sallies forth, and it is night


SKELETON       
First Line: Two boisterous ruffians, a besotted pair
Last Line: Know with a gesture that they're free to go!


SKY IS, ABOVE THE ROOF       
Last Line: Tell, what have you done, you there, %with your youthful years?


SO SAD MY HEART, SO SAD IT WAS       
Last Line: She lets us flee...But not forget.'


SONG FOR THE LADIES       
First Line: They tell me you're a blonde; they say
Last Line: Them on my breast), and everywhere


SONG OF AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: When a sighing begins
Last Line: A dead leaf.
Variant Title(s): Chansons D'automne
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Memory; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness


SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: And I have seen again the marvellous child - it seemed
Subject(s): Prayer; Sin; Sonnet (as Literary Form)


SONNET       
First Line: And I have seen again the marvellous child - it seemed
Last Line: Beautiful little hands, hands that will close our eyes
Subject(s): Mourning


SONNET BOITEUX       
First Line: Ah! Vraiment c'est triste, ah! Vraiment ca finit trop mal


SONNET TO WEEP OVER       
First Line: Magistrate more than insolent
Last Line: Your weight, your gait...Or how I hate you!


SPLEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Around were all the roses red
Last Line: Of everything alas! Save thee.


SPLEEN       
First Line: The roses were the reddest red
Last Line: To everything, alas, but you


SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Tender, the young auburn woman
Last Line: And the wild sheets. O to your bed!
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


SPRING       
First Line: Tender, the young auburn woman
Last Line: The beautiful pillow that slips so %and the wild sheets. O to your bed!
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SPRING       
First Line: The woman, young, red-haired of head
Last Line: As dawn's rays the blue heavens do.'


STREETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Let us dance!
Last Line: Let us dance!


STREETS       
First Line: Let's dance the jig! %I loved above all her pretty eyes
Last Line: And that's the best of my possessions. %let's dance the jig!


STREETS: 1       
First Line: Let's dance a jig! %I loved above all else her eyes
Last Line: Of all my wealth, most precious these. %let's dance a jig!


STREETS: 2       
First Line: Strange river, sprung from who knows where!
Last Line: The black and yellow bungalows


STROLLING       
First Line: The sky so pale, the trees so spindly, bare
Last Line: Purse in a coy and all-forgiving pout


SUMMER       
First Line: And this, the maiden's hushed reply
Last Line: Blood-red, blows on the slow night air.'


SUNSET       
First Line: A feeble blade


SUNSETS       
First Line: Dim-dawning glow %of breaking morn
Last Line: Sunsets a-stroll %astride the sea


SUR L'HERBE    Poem Text    
First Line: The abbe rambles.' - 'you, marquis'
Last Line: "do, mi.""—""the moon!—hey, how d'ye do?"
Subject(s): Courtship; Kisses


TANTALIZED       
First Line: The prison wing that I am quartered in
Last Line: O trains that can go rolling, rolling free!


TEARS FALL IN MY HEART    Poem Text    
Last Line: My heart is so full if pain
Subject(s): Grief; Tears; Love Absence Of; Pain; Sorrow; Sadness


TEARS FALL IN MY HEART       
Last Line: My heart has such pain!
Subject(s): Grief


TEARS FALL IN MY HEART       
Last Line: Why my grief is so great
Subject(s): Grief


THAT FIRM-FLESHED BELLY THAT HAS NEVER BORNE       
Last Line: #name?


THE ART OF POETRY; TO CHARLES MORICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Music must be paramount
Last Line: And everything else is mere literature.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE GOODLY SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Sad and lost I walked where wide
Last Line: Us to each other in delight.
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Singing & Singers; Voices; Optimism


THE NIGHTINGALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a clamorous flock of startled birds
Last Line: The quivering tree and the weeping bird.
Subject(s): Birds; Nightingales


THE SHPEHERD'S HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon is red through horizon's fog
Last Line: Pale, venus appears, and it is night.
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


THE SKY ABOVE THE ROOFING LIES    Poem Text    
Last Line: With thy lost years?
Subject(s): Time; Mortality; God; Sky


THE SKY IS UP ABOVE THE ROOF       


THE SONG OF THE INGENUES    Poem Text    
First Line: We are the ingenues
Last Line: Of libertines.
Subject(s): Hearts; Ingenuity; Singing & Singers


THE SPELL    Poem Text    
First Line: The keyboard, over which two slim hands float
Last Line: A little open on the garden small?
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


THE WHITE MOON    Poem Text    
Last Line: It is the exquisite hour
Subject(s): Moon; Time; Dreams


THERE       
First Line: Angels! Seul coin luisant dans ce londres du soir


THOUSANDS AND THREE       
First Line: My lovers do not belong to the two rich classes
Last Line: Passions of the present, future that grows and unites %cherished ones without number and never enoug
Subject(s): Homosexuality


THREE YEARS AFTER       
First Line: I pushed the gate that swung to silently
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening


TIME FOR LOVERS       
First Line: The moon upon the hazy horizon is red
Last Line: And the zenith fills with muted lights. %white, venus emerges, and it is night


TO HORATIO       
First Line: My friend, it's no more feathers and guitars
Last Line: For once tomorrow cannot be put off!


TRUE, WE DON'T KNOW WHEN TO QUIT       
Last Line: Let's love simply - no designs - %wench mine!


TURN, TURN, GOOD WOODEN HORSES, TURN A HUNDRED TIMES...       
Last Line: The church rings a sad knell. %turn to the joyous sound of the drums!


UTTERLY SMALL, UTTERLY LOVELY       


VAST, BLACK LETHARGY       
Last Line: A hand rocks me to sleep: %no sound, no sound!


VERSES TO BE SLANDERED       
First Line: This evening I bent over you in your sleep. Your whole body slept
Last Line: Laugh. Quick, wake up! Tell me, is the soul immortal?


WALCOURT       
First Line: Bricks, tiles...How sweet %such cozy cover
Last Line: What pleasures rare, %my wandering jews!


WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky is up above the roof
Last Line: The youth away
Subject(s): Aging; Life; Mourning; Youth; Bereavement


WHEN WE GO - IF I SEE HER YET AGAIN       
Last Line: God will be there to work the waking


WHITE MOON SHINES IN THE WOODS; FROM EACH BOUGH...       
Last Line: Firmament in which the star glimmers--it is the exquisite hour


WIND IN THE WOOD       
First Line: It is the sigh of languid bliss
Subject(s): Love


WIND WHIPS THROUGH THE BUSHES, GREEN       
Last Line: My soul, trust in his glorydom!


WINTER DREAM       
First Line: During winter we will ride in a little red carriage
Last Line: What a marvelous ride!


WITH MUTED STRINGS       
First Line: Calm in the twilight that %the high branches make above
Last Line: Falls from the black oaks, voice fo our hopelessness, %the nightingale will sing


WOMAN AND CAT    Poem Text    
First Line: They were just playing, lady and cat
Last Line: Four dazzling points of phosphor gleamed
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Crime & Criminals; Murder; Nails (body)


WOMAN AND CAT       
First Line: They were just playing, lady and cat
Last Line: Four dazzling points of phosphor gleamed
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


WOMAN AND CAT       
First Line: It was a joy to watch as she
Last Line: Gleaming four orbs of phosphorescence


WOMEN'S LOVELINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Women's loveliness, their frailty, and those pale hands
Last Line: And what in truth, remains, when death has come our way?
Subject(s): Women; Beauty; Love


WOMEN'S LOVELINESS       
First Line: Woman's loveliness, their frailty, and those pale hands


WOMEN'S LOVELINESS       
First Line: Women's loveliness, their frailty, and those pale hands
Last Line: And what, in truth, remains, when death has come our way
Subject(s): Love


YES, DESPITE YOUR CRUEL EXCESS       
Last Line: That false air I relish, quite, %love me for my artlessness


YOU BELIEVE IN SUPERSTITIONS       
Last Line: That, by everything, I vow %that you are all I live for now


YOU'VE OFTEN BEEN UNKIND       
Last Line: Bound to love me a bit, %the way we love a toy


YOUNG FOOLS       
First Line: High-heels were struggling with a full-length dress
Last Line: That ever since our stunned soul has been trembling


YOUNGLINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: High heels in a struggle with a long skirt
Last Line: That our souls forever hold their eager qualms.
Subject(s): Youth


YOUR VOICE WAS DEEP AND LOW       
Last Line: Appears asleep, but lies %in quiet contemplation