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Author: WYLIE, ELINOR
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Wylie, Elinor    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Benet, William Rose, Mrs.
243 poems available by this author


A CROWDED TROLLEY CAR    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Trolley Cars; City & Town Llife


A RED CARPET FOR SHELLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: But this is nothing; an eccentric joke
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)


ABSENT THEE FROM FELICITY AWHILE       
First Line: Spirits that walk beside me in the air
Last Line: That, upon earth, you found this subtle thing %caught in the common net, %beside you, wing to wing


ADDRESS TO MY SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: My soul, be not disturbed / by planetary war
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


ADDRESS TO MY SOUL       
First Line: My soul, be not disturbed %by planetary war
Last Line: Accept the stricter mould %that makes you singular
Subject(s): Freedom


ALL SOULS       
First Line: It is god's honour on my head
Last Line: To spur them down the common street; %this is the thing I always knew


AMERICAN IN ENGLAND       
First Line: I love every stock and stone
Last Line: Break the sword: the iron strike %to plough-shares, share and share alike!
Subject(s): Americans In England; Travel


AN AMERICAN IN ENGLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I love every stock and stone
Subject(s): Americans In England; Travel; Journeys; Trips


AS I WENT DOWN BY HAVRE DE GRACE...       
Last Line: Had I been born in any place %where this small flower never blooms


ATAVISM    Poem Text    
First Line: I always was afraid of somes's pond
Subject(s): Fantasy


ATAVISM       
First Line: I always was afraid of somes's pond
Last Line: A sliding shape has stirred them like a breath; %tall plumes surmount a painted mask of death
Subject(s): Fantasy


AUGUST    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should this negro insolently stride
Last Line: Scarce warms the surface of the deepest pool?
Subject(s): African Americans; Flowers; Pain; Negroes; American Blacks; Suffering; Misery


AUTUMN FROSTS WILL LIE UPON THE GRASS       
First Line: The autumn frosts will lie upon the grass
Last Line: Dwindled and harsh, dead-white and cloudy-clear.


BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Say not of beauty she is good
Last Line: The hard heart of a child.
Subject(s): Beauty


BELLS IN THE RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleep falls, with limpid drops of rain
Subject(s): Bells


BELLS IN THE RAIN       
First Line: Sleep falls, with limpid drops of rain
Last Line: Upon a live man's bloody head %it falls most tenderly, I think
Subject(s): Bells


BENVENUTO'S VALENTINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not for the child that wanders home
Last Line: As softly as a silver ring's.
Subject(s): Holidays; Valentine's Day


BEWARE!       
First Line: Baba flourishes and dips
Last Line: Baba, only dip your hands %in the surface of the sound


BIRD       
First Line: O clear and musical
Last Line: Hear the rain sing %and the dark rejoice! %shine like a spark again, %o clearest voice!


BIRTHDAY SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Take home thy prodigal child, o lord of hosts!
Subject(s): Consolation


BIRTHDAY SONNET       
First Line: Take home thy prodigal child, o lord of hosts!
Last Line: So that no drop of the pure spirit fall %into the dust: defend thy prodigal
Subject(s): Consolation


BLOOD FEUD       
First Line: Once, when my husband was a child, there came
Last Line: Which, as he died, lay bright beneath his head, %a silver shield that slowly turned to red


BREAD ALONE       
First Line: Let not the heart's intention
Last Line: My love, be never wrathful %with this imperfect thing


BROKEN MAN       
First Line: Dear love, when I was seven and a half
Last Line: The broken man, who broke my heart in half %in this strange prologue to your epitaph


BRONZE TRUMPETS AND SEA WATER; ON TURNING LATIN VERSE INTO ENGLISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Alembics turn to stranger things
Last Line: Who smooths the ripples out of it.
Subject(s): Change; English Language; Latin Language; Translating & Interpreting


CASTILIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Velasquez took a pliant knife
Last Line: Miraculously shaped.
Subject(s): Velazquez, Diego (1599-1660)


CHIMAERA SLEEPING       
First Line: Ah, lovely thing, I saw you lie
Last Line: And, as I followed on, I wept %to leave the thicket where you slept


COAST GUARD'S COTTAGE       
First Line: Poor creature, come!
Last Line: Now blow the candle out; %come to my bed; %I shall not be afraid


COLD SUMMER       
First Line: Twilight is blue for seven weeks
Last Line: Of tame attendant pigeons, bribed %by corn as yellow as her hair


COLD-BLOODED CREATURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Man, the egregious egoist
Subject(s): Animals; Mankind; Snakes; Human Race; Serpents; Vipers


COLD-BLOODED CREATURES       
First Line: Man, the egregious egoist
Last Line: Where lidless fishes, broad awake, %swim staring at a night-mare doom
Subject(s): Animals; Mankind; Snakes


CONFESSION OF FAITH       
First Line: I lack the braver mind
Last Line: But, in default of faith, %in futile breath, %I dream no ill of death


COUNTRY SONG       
First Line: Over by peppard
Last Line: And it looked to the drover %like a burning glass. %but only the lover %knew what it was


COURTESY       
First Line: Having conceived that this delight alone
Last Line: As I was thankful for the cheer I had %to hear their chattering when I was sad


CROOKED STICK       
First Line: First traveller: what's that lying in the dust?
Last Line: Second traveller: but it's all grown over with moss!


CROWDED TROLLEY CAR       
First Line: The rain's cold grains are silver-gray
Last Line: One man stands as free men stand, %as if his soul might be %brave, unbroken; see his hand %nailed to


DARK MIRROR       
First Line: The earth is untroubled
Last Line: Or turn them sunward %to dazzle them blind, %but never look downward %through a wicked mind


DEDICATION       
First Line: When I was seven years old I had a primer
Last Line: And I have nothing to return in kind %save the dull mortal homage of the mind


DEMON LOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The peacock and the mocking-bird
Last Line: Evades them both, and is not missed.


DEVIL IN SEVEN SHIRES       
First Line: Come all ye sorrowful people
Last Line: Look in the bower below you, look! %lean into this, and love


DOOMSDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The end of everything approaches
Subject(s): Judgment Day; End Of The World; Doomsday; Fall Of Man


DOOMSDAY       
First Line: The end of everything approaches
Last Line: Loud as the ultimate loud clarion %or the first murther
Subject(s): Judgment Day


DOSOLATION IS A DELICATE THING'       
First Line: Sorrow lay upon my breast more heavily than
Last Line: It was not my heart; it was this poor sorrow %alone which broke


DROWNED WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: He shall be my jailer
Last Line: In the weeds of my hair.
Subject(s): Women


EJACULATION    Poem Text    
First Line: In this short interval to tear
Subject(s): Language; Feathers; Words; Vocabulary


EJACULATION       
First Line: In this short interval to tear
Last Line: Divide the forest, -make my words %like feathers torn from living birds!


ENCHANTER'S HANDMAIDEN       
First Line: Sir, it was not commanding me to climb
Last Line: (o, but it was making me suckle an imp after %promising he was a christian!


ENCOMIUM       
First Line: There is a place where beauty, peace and silence


EPITAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: For this she starred her eyes with salt
Last Line: A better grave than this.
Subject(s): Epitaphs


ESCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: When foxes eat the last gold grape
Last Line: The silver wasp-nests hang like fruit.
Subject(s): Escapes; Fairies; Fugitives; Elves


FABLE       
First Line: A knight lay dead in senlac
Last Line: She drank the virtuous air. %a knight lay dead: his gutted brows %gaped hollow under his hair


FABULOUS BALLAD       
First Line: A gypsy, who had lost a chain of beads
Last Line: And leave this beggar-woman and myself %to love these stars' incomparable virtue


FAIR ANNET'S SONG       
First Line: One thing comes and another thing goes
Last Line: The last of the cherry and the first of the may; %and neither one will stay


FAIRY GOLDSMITH       
First Line: Here's a wonderful thing
Last Line: In your monstrous day %they will crumble away %into quicksilver dust


FALCON       
First Line: Why should my sleepy heart be taught
Last Line: And a little hood of scarlet wool, %and let her perch upon your wrist, %and tell her she is beautifu


FALSE PROPHET       
First Line: When I wws forty, and two feathers sprung
Last Line: And while my fainting heart perceived the truth, %my tongue spoke thus: 'he cannot hurt me now.'


FAREWELL, SWEET DUST       
First Line: Now I have lost you, I must scatter
Last Line: Now you are gone, I am none the wiser %but the leaves of the willow are bright as wine


FELO DE SE    Poem Text    
First Line: My heart's delight, I must for love forget you
Subject(s): Love; Love - Loss Of


FELO DE SE       
First Line: My heart's delight, I must for love forget you
Last Line: In all my pulses, and dissolves the marriage %of soul and soul, and at he heart's core kills you
Subject(s): Love; Love - Loss Of


FIRE AND SLEET AND CANDLELIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: For this you've striven
Subject(s): Failure


FIRE AND SLEET AND CANDLELIGHT       
First Line: For this you've striven
Last Line: Straight as an arrow %you fall to a sleep %not too narrow %and not too deep


FOR A GOOD BOY       
First Line: If I ransacked the moon for you, my lord
Last Line: To laugh, and you will always laugh at fear %because he wears so ludricrous a face


FOR A GOOD GIRL       
First Line: Two tasks confront king honour's daughter
Last Line: Or how shall you survive to rescue %the little wicked from their sin?


FRANCIE'S FINGERS       
First Line: Oh, francie, sell me your fingers
Last Line: Your voice is all I fancy!' %'no, no!' replied the singer. %'oh, no, no!' cried francie


FULL MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: My bands of silk and miniver
Last Line: The clean bones crying in the flesh.
Subject(s): Moon


GIFTS AT MEETING       
First Line: Violets, sparsely
Last Line: A pirate's earring %and a painted book, %I bring you, fearing %your blackhorn crook


GOLDEN BOUGH       
First Line: These lovely groves of fountain-trees that shake
Last Line: Save where their lion-colour in the wood %roars to miraculous heat and turbulence


GRACE BEFORE MEAT       
First Line: No man should be tempted
Last Line: That your lives may be seasoned %with honey and saffron


GREEK CHORUS IN VENETIAN GLASS       
First Line: I awake from a cold dream
Last Line: But now they are singing, and the sad thing is %unheard


GREEN HAIR       
First Line: I know you wonder why I wear
Last Line: When mine of hazel look at you %turned to incredible turquoise blue


HEART UPON THE SLEEVE       
First Line: Dear heart, behold you bound


HEART'S DESIRE       
First Line: Anger that is not anger, but bubbles and stars of colour
Last Line: The towers which house the golden head and the dead %heart and the tongues of inextinguishable fire


HEROICS    Poem Text    
First Line: Though here and there a man is left
Last Line: And insult dubious to bear.
Subject(s): Heroism; Heroes; Heroines


HIGH WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Boeotius laughed upon the windy corner's
Last Line: While slave-ships foundered under samothrace.
Subject(s): England; English


HOSPES COMESQUE CORPORIS       
First Line: And if the heart may split the skin
Last Line: Must leave a heart-shape in the dust %before it is inspired and lost %in god: I hope it must


HUGHIE AT THE INN OR, ADVICE FROM A TAPSTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it not fine to fling against loaded dice
Subject(s): Gambling; Wagering; Betting


HUGHIE AT THE INN OR, ADVICE FROM A TAPSTER       
First Line: Is it not fine to fling against loaded dice
Last Line: Be provident, and pray for cowardice %and the loaded pair of dice
Subject(s): Gambling


HYMN TO EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Farewell, incomparable element
Subject(s): Earth; World


HYMN TO EARTH       
First Line: Farewell, incomparable element
Last Line: The traveller dust, although the dust be vile, %sleeps as thy lover for a little while
Subject(s): Earth


INCANTATION    Poem Text    
First Line: A white well
Subject(s): White (color); Black (color)


INCANTATION       
First Line: A white well
Last Line: A bright spark %where black ashes are; %in the smothering dark %one white star


INDENTURED       
First Line: I will not enter any cloud
Last Line: When this my servitude is done, %and I have found the dark, and slammed %its door against the sun


INNOCENT LANDSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is no peace, although the air has fainted
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


INNOCENT LANDSCAPE       
First Line: Here is no peace, although the air has fainted
Last Line: Faith is the blossom, but the fruit is cursed; %go hence, for it is useless to pretend
Subject(s): Faith


KING HONOUR'S ELDEST SON       
First Line: His father's steel, piercing the wholesome fruit
Last Line: Convinced his poor progenitors of sin %in having made a something more than man


KING'S RANSOM    Poem Text    
First Line: About the emperor's thumb revolving
Last Line: This little moon's enormous value!


LAMENT       
First Line: The apple boughs bend down with fruit
Last Line: My fathers led a dolorous life; %never ask the end


LAMENT FOR GLASGERION    Poem Text    
First Line: The lovely body of the dead
Subject(s): Death; Soul; Solitude; Aging; Dead, The; Loneliness


LAMENT FOR GLASGERION       
First Line: The lovely body of the dead
Last Line: The vanishing dust of my heart is proud %to watch me wither and grow old


LAST SUPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that the shutter of the dusk
Subject(s): Beauty; Nature


LAST SUPPER       
First Line: Now that the shutter of the dusk
Last Line: In this last minute and no more %my eyes alone shall eat of them


LAVISH KINDNESS       
First Line: Indulgent giants burned to crisp
Last Line: Such deeds are not performed in haste %and none has fathomed their intent


LET NO CHARITABLE HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now let no charitable hope
Last Line: And none has quite escaped my smile.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Self; Women; Work; Workers


LETTER TO V       
First Line: No, v-, you never will persuade me
Last Line: Yea, and eloquent and just; %and scratch in earth: integer vitae; %and: dolce mors upon the dust


LIE       
First Line: A fortnight past you looked at me and lied
Last Line: From the iron line of strict veracity, %and, by my faith, from such a liar as I?


LILLIPUTIAN       
First Line: She hoards green cheeses
Last Line: Where I lie bound by subtle %spider-web and hair, %and the small feet scuttle, %and the gold eyes st


LION AND THE LAMB       
First Line: I saw a tiger's golden flank
Last Line: The lion's voice thundering %shook his vaulted breast, %'I am love. By this spring, %brother, let us


LITTLE ECLOGUE       
First Line: Poor loneliness and lovely solitude
Last Line: And whether by a lover or a foe, %let men inquire, and gods obscurely know


LITTLE ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Withouten you
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Dead, The


LITTLE ELEGY       
First Line: Withouten you
Last Line: Or power to sing; %or anything %be kind, or fair, %and you nowhere
Subject(s): Death; Friendship


LITTLE JOKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Stripping an almond tree in flower
Last Line: Pure as a drop of metheglin.
Subject(s): Trees


LITTLE SONNET       
First Line: Let your loving bondwoman
Last Line: In pity whereof her heart was split; %love her now; forget the rest; %she has herself forgotten it


LODGING FOR THE NIGHT       
First Line: If I had lightly given at the first
Last Line: And ravished the poor soul you never wanted.


LOVE SONG       
First Line: I was a sea-gull flying north
Last Line: But since the business was dreamed %I can't untwist it


LOVE SONG       
First Line: Had I concealed my love
Last Line: The depths of heaven above you; %and I shall lose you, keeping %his word, and no more weeping


LOVER       
First Line: May sleep so lie upon your breast
Last Line: Perhaps the silver on your hair %may speak of this when you are old


LOVING CUP       
First Line: The instrument of your reason being tuned
Last Line: Moons in solution; flavours of the sun's: %the cup is loving, having kissed you once


LUCIFER SINGS IN SECRET    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the broken arrow
Subject(s): Arrows; Bible


LUCIFER SINGS IN SECRET       
First Line: I am the broken arrow
Last Line: Small and bloody %as a fallen sparrow %my own dead body %shall receive his arrow


MADMAN'S SONG       
First Line: Better to see your cheek grown hollow
Last Line: Than to forget to hallo, hallo, %after the milk-white hounds of the moon


MADWOMAN'S MIRCLE       
First Line: Dig up, dig up your daughter's bones
Last Line: The woman crouched beside the ditch %with her children in her arms


MALEDICTION UPON MYSELF       
First Line: Now if the dull and thankless heart declare
Last Line: On which the step of that I have denied %descends in silver to his proper bride


MARY AT THE FAIR OR, ADVICE FROM A GYPSY       
First Line: The ring's no more than parcel-gilt
Last Line: When the first hour of april opens- %look, my lass, I'll lay you tuppence- %you shall find a lover


MINOTAUR       
First Line: Go study to disdain
Last Line: Let innocence enchant %the flesh to fiercer grain %more fitted to retain %this burning visitant


MIRANDA'S SUPPER (VIRGINIA, 1866)    Poem Text    
First Line: Between the solemn portico's
Last Line: Nothing is lost! Nothing is lost!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


MOUNTAINEER'S BALLAD       
First Line: It is not every gentleman
Last Line: And he with nothing to defend him %but a rawhide lash


MY CANDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: My candle burns ate both ends
Subject(s): Candles; Sleep; Peace


NAMELESS SONG       
First Line: My heart is cold and weather-worn
Last Line: It is alive with a singing sound: %whose voice is that? It is not mine


NANCY       
First Line: You are a rose, but set with sharpest spine
Last Line: Mingled, to mix, and make you what you are, %magic between the sugar and the spice


NEBUCHADNEZZAR    Poem Text    
First Line: My body is weary to death of my mischievous brain
Subject(s): Bible; Insanity; Religion; Madness; Mental Illness; Theology


NEBUCHADNEZZAR       
First Line: My body is weary to death of my mischievous brain
Last Line: And the dandelion is gall in a thin green pipe, %but the clover is honey and sun and the smell of sl
Subject(s): Bible; Insanity; Religion


NON DISPUTANDUM       
First Line: I'd rather be myself, to wear my knees
Last Line: Than thrust red lucifer, lost and overthrown, %hell-deeper by the fraction of an inch!


NONCHALANCE       
First Line: This cool and laughing mind, renewed
Last Line: Into itself, forgetting them; %and warmth in trickles, slow and sweet %comforts a fainting lily-stem


NONSENSE RHYME       
First Line: Whatever's good or bad or both
Last Line: But, o, beware the nothing-much %and welcome madness and themost!


NOW THAT YOUR EYES ARE SHUT       
Last Line: The tissues of my lip %will bruise your eyelids, while I am a woman


NOW THAT YOUR EYES ARE SHUT       


O VIRTUOUS LIGHT       
First Line: A private madness has prevailed
Last Line: Prevail against this radiance %which is engendered of its own


OCTOBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Beauty has a tarnished dress
Last Line: Rough gold and red.
Subject(s): October


ON A SINGING GIRL       
First Line: Musa of the sea-blue eyes
Last Line: Is voiceless in a sudden night: %on your light limbs, o loveliest. %may the dust be light!


ONE PERSON: 1       
First Line: Now shall the long homesickness have an end
Last Line: Who are ourselves, a little earlier bound %to one another's bosom in the ground


ONE PERSON: 10    Poem Text    
First Line: When I perceive the sable of your hair
Subject(s): Desire; Love


ONE PERSON: 10       
First Line: When I perceive the sable of your hair
Last Line: So soft, precise, and scrupulous a word %you shall not take it for another sword?
Subject(s): Desire; Love


ONE PERSON: 11       
First Line: Before I die, let me be happy here.'
Last Line: Since, at your voice, my body's core and pith %dissolves in air, and is destroyed forthwith


ONE PERSON: 12    Poem Text    
First Line: In our content, before the autumn came
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 12
Subject(s): Childlessness


ONE PERSON: 12       
First Line: In our content, before the autumn came
Last Line: Born of your bitter and excessive pain: %I shall not dream you are my child again
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 1
Subject(s): Childlessness


ONE PERSON: 13       
First Line: O mine is psyche's heavy doom reversed
Last Line: And I believe I have my just deserts %lacking the shadow of peace upon our hearts


ONE PERSON: 14       
First Line: My fairer body and perfected spirit
Last Line: Its liberal periods are not too wide %to educate me fitly for your bride


ONE PERSON: 15       
First Line: My honoured lord, forgive the unruly tongue
Last Line: And so rise up, and in the starlight cold %frighten the foxes from your loneliest fold


ONE PERSON: 16    Poem Text    
First Line: I hereby swear that to uphold your house
Last Line: I bear a little more than I can bear.
Subject(s): Love; Worship


ONE PERSON: 17       
First Line: Upon your heart, which is the heart of all
Last Line: This map of paradise, this scrap of earth %whereon you burn like flame upon a hearth


ONE PERSON: 18       
First Line: Let us leave talking of angelic hosts
Last Line: And wake, and touch each other's hands, and turn %upon a bed of juniper and fern


ONE PERSON: 2       
First Line: What other name had half expressed the whole
Last Line: Because the barbarous force of agonies %broke it, and mended it, and made it clear


ONE PERSON: 3       
First Line: Children and dogs are subject to my power,'
Last Line: Who now regards you with a lover's eyes %and knows that you are merciful and wise


ONE PERSON: 4       
First Line: Now am I orson to your valentine
Last Line: Be suffered by our love, and so I must %deny the intrinsic difference in our dust


ONE PERSON: 5       
First Line: The little beauty that I was allowed
Last Line: And I enjoin you, ere it is too late, %to stamp your superscription on my heart


ONE PERSON: 6       
First Line: I have believed that I prefer to live
Last Line: Save as a power remote and exquisite, %not seen or known, but fervently adored


ONE PERSON: 7       
First Line: Would I might make subliminal my flesh
Last Line: Whose letter cries, 'my hands are cold as ice,' %the while I kiss the colder air in vain


ONE PERSON: 8       
First Line: O love, how utterly am I bereaved
Last Line: Wherin we flourish, and forget to know %we must lie murdered by predestined snow


ONE PERSON: 9       
First Line: A subtle spirit has my path attended
Last Line: If we, who are but perishable things, %should hang another weight between his wings


ONE PERSON: INTRODUCTORY SONNET       
First Line: Although these words are false, none shall prevail
Last Line: These words are true, although at intervals %the unfaithful clay contrive to make them false


PARTING GIFT       
First Line: I cannot give you the metropolitan tower
Last Line: Made out of wildcat hide: %put it into your left-hand pocket%and never look inside


PEREGRINE       
First Line: Liar and bragger, %he had no friend
Last Line: I've played the traitor %over and over; %I'm a good hater, %but a bad lover


PEREGRINE'S SUNDAY SONG       
First Line: When I have grown foolish
Last Line: I've leave to squander %what I never can keep, %however I wander %or walk in my sleep


PERSIAN KITTEN       
First Line: Lie still, my love, and do not speak, because
Last Line: And with their pulses in a mute accord %lies down between these lovers like a sword


PETER AND JOHN       
First Line: Twelve good friends / walked under the leaves
Subject(s): Jesus Christ - Legends; Peter, Saint (c. 64 A.d.)


PETER AND JOHN       
First Line: Twelve good friends %walked under the leaves
Last Line: In your dream? Said john. %'no,' said the other, %that I was not. %I was our brother %iscariot
Subject(s): Jesus Christ - Legends; Peter, Saint (c. 64 A.d.)


PITY ME       
First Line: Pity the wolves who prowl unsleeping
Last Line: Pity the midnight when it lightens; %pity me, my dear


PORTRAIT IN BLACK PAINT; WITH VERY SPARING USE OF WHITEWASH       
First Line: She gives herself;' there's a poetic thought
Last Line: But whether this has truly been her story %she'll never know, this side of purgatory


PRAYERS FROM THE GREEK       
First Line: This is your image, brightest of huntresses
Last Line: Where you go afoot, over hills tossing with trees, %hurrying, with terrible and eager hounds


PREFERENCE       
First Line: These to me are beautiful people
Last Line: They wear small bones in wrists and ankles


PRETTY WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Poets make pets of pretty, docile words
Last Line: Gilded and sticky, with a little sting.
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


PRIEST. 20TH DYNASTY       
First Line: Dive through thin black dust, and swim
Last Line: Stifled in an eyelid's closure, %sealed in lips without a sound


PRINKIN' LEDDIE       
First Line: The hielan' lassies are a' for spinnin
Last Line: A-linkin' it ower the leas, my laddie, %in a raggedy kilt a n' a belted plaidie!


PRISONER'S SONG       
First Line: Now sunlight stained by rain
Last Line: Who never yet was caught in a net %spread by a mortal hand


PROPHECY    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall lie hidden in a hut
Subject(s): Women


PROPHECY       
First Line: I shall lie hidden in a hut
Last Line: Behind the panes, with wind about %to set his mouth against a crack %and blow the candle out
Subject(s): Women


PROUD LADY       
First Line: Hate in the world's hand
Last Line: What has it done, this world, %with hard finger-tips, %but sweetly chiselled and curled %your inscru


QUARREL       
First Line: Let us quarrel for these reasons


RED CARPET FOR SHELLEY       
First Line: But this is nothing; an eccentric joke
Last Line: So presently you will be come and gone; %here's a strange road for you to walk on
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)


ROBIN HOOD'S HEART       
First Line: The whole of him except his heart
Last Line: Get up; get up, for heaven's sake, %and climb to the top of the hill


ROMANCE       
First Line: The years' dark valleys
Last Line: Proud love lies dead! And above, eros %cries with bowed head


SANCTUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the bricklayer; hear the thud
Subject(s): Sanctuaries


SANCTUARY       
First Line: This is the bricklayer; hear the thud
Last Line: Stop, old man! You must leave a chink; %how can I breathe? You can't, you fool!
Subject(s): Sanctuaries


SEA LULLABY    Poem Text    
First Line: The old moon is tarnished
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


SEA LULLABY       
First Line: The old moon is tarnished
Last Line: Now in silence she lingers %beside him all night %to wash her long fingers %in silvery light
Subject(s): Sea


SELF-PORTRAIT       
First Line: A lens of crystal whose transparence calms
Last Line: By trivial breath, over the whole world's length


SEQUENCE: 1       
First Line: This is the end of all, and yet I strive
Last Line: I shall advise me to prepare my couch; %here it is dark; for more I may not vouch


SEQUENCE: 2       
First Line: One of these men will find my skeleton
Last Line: And go his way, in agony and sweat, %because he could not pity nor forget


SEQUENCE: 3       
First Line: For various questions which I shall not ask
Last Line: And though I warmed my fingers at the one, %the other is my father and my son


SHEPHERD'S HOLIDAY       
First Line: Too honest for a gypsy, too lazy for a farmer
Last Line: I'll pluck a feather pillow that shall sing you to sleep %upamong the rocks where the blueberries gr


SILVER FILIGREE    Poem Text    
First Line: The icicles wreathing
Last Line: In the blue cave of night.
Subject(s): Ice; Winter


SIMON GERTY       
First Line: By what appalling dim upheaval
Last Line: Our hatreds fall; so mine for you. %of course I think you were mistaken; %but still, I see your poin


SLEEPING BEAUTY       
First Line: Imprisoned in the marble block
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


SLEEPING BEAUTY       
First Line: Imprisoned in the marble block
Last Line: She parts the leaves, a pearly smoke, %she cleaves the earth-a silver brook
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


SONG       
First Line: It is my thoughts that colour
Last Line: Watering dark places %without sparkle or sound: %kissing dumb faces %and the dusty ground


SONNET       
First Line: You are the faintest freckles on the hide
Last Line: Shaped like a ghost, and imminent with speed


SONNET       
First Line: When, in the dear beginning of the fever
Last Line: The silver still cries out above the bronze.


SONNETS: PASTICHE       
First Line: Is not the woman moulded by your wish
Subject(s): Women


SONNETS: PASTICHE       
First Line: Is not the woman moulded by your wish
Last Line: Is there not lacking from your synthesis %someone you may occasionally miss?
Subject(s): Women


SONNETS: SONNET       
First Line: How many faults you might accuse me of
Last Line: This strict ascetic habit of control %that industry has woven for my soul


SONNETS: TO LLEWELYN, WHO INQUIRED CONCERNING WYVERNS       
First Line: Alas, in london, wyverns never dwell
Last Line: For when myself has freed me from this chain %they'll kiss my wounds, and comfort me again


SOUTH       
First Line: Spotted by sun, and visible
Last Line: To drink the apple's sap and scent %while thirsting for the mountain-top


SOUTH OF THE POTOMAC    Poem Text    
First Line: Wild honey in the honey-comb
Last Line: Imperial as tyre.
Subject(s): Antiquities


SPEED THE PARTING       
First Line: I shall not sprinkle with dust
Last Line: You will die, I suppose, before long. %oh, worser sooner than later!


SPEED THE PARTING -    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall not sprinkle with dust
Subject(s): Transcience; Death; Grief; Conduct Of Life; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness


SPRING PASTORAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Liza, go steep your long white hands
Subject(s): Streams


SPRING PASTORAL       
First Line: Liza, go steep your long white hands
Last Line: And I shall sleep, and I shall dream %of silver-pointed willow boughs %dipping their fingers in a st


STRANGE STORY       
First Line: When I died in berners street
Last Line: When I died in bloomsbury %in the bend of your arm, %at the end I died merry %and comforted and warm


SUNSET ON THE SPIRE       
First Line: All that I dream
Last Line: Here is my lover, %here is my friend. %all that I %could ever ask %wears that sky %like a thin gold


TEAR FOR CRESSID       
First Line: All virtuous persons who hear this song
Last Line: And let all true lovers who ever were false %shed but one tear for cressid


THE CHILD ON THE CURBSTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: The headlights raced; the moon, death-faced
Last Line: Dipping his foot in danger.
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


THE CHURCH-BELL    Poem Text    
First Line: As I was lying in my bed
Last Line: Out by the very root.
Subject(s): Bells


THE EAGLE AND THE MOLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Avoid the reeking herd
Last Line: And disembodied bones.
Subject(s): Animals; Birds; Eagles; Misanthropy; Moles


THE GOOD BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Threading the evil hand and look
Last Line: Between my lovely ground and god.
Subject(s): Birds


THE HEART UPON THE SLEEVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear heart, behold you bound
Subject(s): Hearts; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THE INNOCENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: When the cock in the dish
Last Line: "to quiet his crying."
Subject(s): Herod The Great (73-4 B.c.); Jesus Christ - Childhood & Youth


THE PEBBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: If any have a stone to shy
Last Line: It is not I, ever or now.


THE PERSIAN KITTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Lie still, my love, and do not speak, because
Subject(s): Cats


THE POOR OLD CANNON    Poem Text    
First Line: Upbroke the sun
Last Line: "though I split my throat."


THE PURITAN'S BALLAD    Poem Text    
First Line: My love came up from barnegat
Last Line: To tell me terrible lies?
Subject(s): Puritans


THE TORTOISE IN ETERNITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Within my house of patterned horn
Last Line: Square on my scornful back.
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


THIS CORRUPTIBLE       
First Line: The body, long oppressed
Last Line: O grain of god in power, %endure another hour! %it is but for an hour, said the spirit


THIS HAND       
First Line: This hand you have observed
Last Line: Elixirs might escape; %but now, compact as stone, %my hand preserves a shape %too utterly its own


THREE WISHES       
First Line: Sink out of being, and go down, go down
Last Line: And one-the last wild chance before you sink- %a flock of dancing clouds about the sun


THUNDER STORM       
First Line: O for all soundless time's
Last Line: Loud caves of thunder! %o for the burning bush, %and graves thereunder!


TO A BLACKBIRD SINGING       
First Line: Where the poisonous mistletoe
Last Line: The wine-god loves your song: the fruit %will cool your lovely throat with wine


TO A BOOK       
First Line: By some peculiar force centrifugal
Last Line: Your lunar quietude, my crescent: %remember that your birth was mortal


TO A COUGH IN THE STREET AT MIDNIGHT       
First Line: God rest you if you're dead
Last Line: Whether it be but a cold in the head %or the more bitter cold which binds the dead


TO A LADY'S COUNTENANCE       
First Line: This unphilosophic sight
Subject(s): Grief; Women; Sorrow; Sadness


TO A LADY'S COUNTENANCE       
First Line: This unphilosophic sight
Last Line: In lines of noble heritage; %and so, you do not show your age
Subject(s): Grief; Women


TO APHRODITE, WITH A TALISMAN       
First Line: This graven charm, that leads a girl unkissed
Last Line: How it is bound with violet-coloured wool, %gift of a sorceress from thessaly


TO CLAUDIA HOMONOEA       
First Line: My words were delicately breathed
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


TO CLAUDIA HOMONOEA       
First Line: My words were delicately breathed
Last Line: Having loved her even as a child: %I leave him nothing but his tears
Subject(s): Death


TO THE SHEPHERD-GOD       
First Line: Daphnis, the country pipe-player
Last Line: Whose fur the faintest pattern dapples: %his little scrip that smells of apples


TRAGIC DIALOGUE       
First Line: Does not the progressive wheel of years
Last Line: A clover field, a river, %a hawthorn hedge, a pane of glass %had parted us forever


TRUE VINE       
First Line: There is a serpent in perfection tarnished
Last Line: Whose leaves have drunk the skies, and stooped to nourish %the earth again with honey sweet and salt


TWELFTH NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: It has always been king herod that I feared
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


TWELFTH NIGHT       
First Line: It has always been king herod that I feared
Last Line: Now let this iron bar be importuned; %I say you shall not speak to him of war
Subject(s): Christmas


UNFINISHED BALLAD       
First Line: You stared at me and you never spoke
Last Line: For you have slept in my stony crib %and the strings of your heart are tightened


UNFINISHED PORTRAIT       
First Line: My love, you know that I have never used
Subject(s): Love


UNFINISHED PORTRAIT       
First Line: My love, you know that I have never used
Last Line: To leave you an uncaptured element; %water, or light, or air that's stained by both
Subject(s): Love


UNWILLING ADMISSION       
First Line: Here is the deep admission, whose profound
Last Line: Save to affirm, 'the brave have never died,' %though you and I must die at every stroke


VALENTINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Too high, too high to pluck
Subject(s): Love; Disappointment; Food & Eating


VALENTINE       
First Line: Too high, too high to pluck
Last Line: O honey cool and chaste %as clover's breath! %sweet heaven I shall taste %before my death


VELVET SHOES    Poem Text    
First Line: Let us walk in the white snow
Last Line: We shall walk in the snow.
Subject(s): Shoes; Silence; Snow; Walking; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


VIENNESE WALTZ       
First Line: We are so tired, and perhaps tomorrow
Last Line: Come, let us dream the little death that hovers %pensive as heaven in a cloudy veil


VILLAGE MYSTERY    Poem Text    
First Line: The woman in the pointed hood
Subject(s): Ghosts


VILLAGE MYSTERY       
First Line: The woman in the pointed hood
Last Line: And cower in the weeping air- %but, oh, she was no kin of mine, %and so I did not care!


WHEN I PERCEIVE THE SABLE OF YOUR HAIR       


WHERE, O, WHERE?       
First Line: I need not die to go
Subject(s): Love; Love - Loss Of


WHERE, O, WHERE?       
First Line: I need not die to go
Last Line: You shall see me no more %though each night I hide %in your bed, at your side
Subject(s): Love; Love - Loss Of


WILD PEACHES    Poem Text    
First Line: When the world turns completely upside down
Last Line: And sleepy winter, like the sleep of death.
Variant Title(s): "when The World Turns Completely Upside Down"";
Subject(s): Fruit; Nature; Peaches; Seasons


WINTER SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: When against earth a wooden heel
Last Line: Soft, soft, soft, and deep, deep, deep!
Subject(s): Sleep; Winter