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Herbert, Edward    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Cherbury, 1st Baron Herbert Of; Herbert Of Cherbury, Edward Herbert, 1st Baron; Herbert Of Cherbury, Lord
72 poems available by this author


10/14/1644       
First Line: Enraging griefs, though you most diverse be


A DESCRIPTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I sing her worth and praises high
Last Line: Two alabaster pillars stand,
Subject(s): Beauty


A DITTY MADE BY LORENZO ALLEGRE TO ONE SLEEPING TO BE SUNG    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, wonder!
Last Line: Admired light.


A DIVINE LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should dull art, which is wise nature's ape
Last Line: But a true hell that leads to her false heaven?


A MEDITATION UPON HIS WAX CANDLE BURNING OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: While thy ambitious flame doth strive for height
Last Line: Where faithful loving souls with joys are crown'd.
Subject(s): Candles


A MERRY RHYME SENT TO THE LADY WROTH .. BIRTH OF LORD PEMBROKE'S CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Madam, though I am one of those
Last Line: All I care is, if the child grows.
Subject(s): Birth; Wroth, Mary Sidney (1586-1652); Child Birth; Midwifery


A VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: Within an open curled sea of gold
Last Line: Unless that he my vision can unfold.
Subject(s): Hair


AN ODE UPON A QUESTION WHETHER LOVE SHOULD CONTINUE FOREVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Having interr'd her infant-birth
Last Line: Their ravish'd spirits did possess.
Variant Title(s): Ode Upon Question Moved: Whether Love Should Continue Ever
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Stillbirth; Death - Childbirth


ANOTHER SONNET TO BLACK IT SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou black, wherein all colours are compos'd
Last Line: All revelation unto man denies.
Variant Title(s): Sonnet To Black It Self
Subject(s): Black (color)


CELINDA       
First Line: Walking thus towards a pleasant


DITTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Why dost thou hate return instead of love
Last Line: I may triumph yet over fate and death.


DITTY    Poem Text    
First Line: If you refuse me once, and think again
Last Line: And keep an everlasting spring.


DITTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Can I then live to draw that breath
Last Line: Even death cannot end.


DITTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Deep sighs, records of my unpitied grief
Last Line: I give you leave, break time, break heart and all.


DITTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Tears, flow no more; or if you needs must flow
Last Line: To dry those tears and to blow out those fires?


DITTY IN IMITATION OF THE SPANISH: ENTRE TANTO QUE L'AVRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that the april of your youth adorns
Last Line: And that which is not youth's, is age's prey.
Subject(s): Youth


DITTY TO THE TUNE OF 'A CHE DEL QUANTO MIO' OF PESARINO    Poem Text    
First Line: Where now shall these accents go
Last Line: Echo. Live.


ECHO IN A CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Where shall my troubled soul at large
Last Line: Echo. I am.
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


ECHO TO A ROCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou heaven-threat'ning rock, gentler than she!
Last Line: Echo. Well.
Subject(s): Echo (mythology); Stones; Granite; Rocks


ELEGY FOR DOCTOR DONNE    Poem Text    
First Line: What though the vulgar and received praise
Last Line: Such vice avail more than their virtues can.
Subject(s): Donne, John (1572-1631); Poetry & Poets


ELEGY FOR THE PRINCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Must he be ever dead? Cannot we add
Last Line: Which, being his, can therefore never die.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


ELEGY OVER A TOMB    Poem Text    
First Line: Must I then see, alas! Eternal night
Last Line: Or hope relief.


EPITAHPHIUM CAECILLIAE BOULSTRED    Poem Text    
First Line: Methinks death like one laughing lies
Last Line: And did not die, but left her body dead.
Subject(s): Future Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


EPITAPH FOR HIMSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: The monument which thou beholdest here
Last Line: With his creator, peace, joy, truth and love.
Subject(s): Epitaphs; Self


EPITAPH FOR SIR PHILIP SIDNEY, AT ST. PAUL'S WITHOUT A MONUMENT ...    Poem Text    
First Line: Within this church sir philip sidney lies
Last Line: Souldiers, their martyr; lovers, their saint.
Subject(s): Sidney, Sir Philip (1554-1586); St. Paul's Cathedral, London


EPITAPH OF A STINKING POET    Poem Text    
First Line: Here stinks a poet, I confess
Last Line: Yet wanting breath stinks so much less.
Subject(s): Epitaphs; Poetry & Poets; Smells; Odors; Aromas; Fragrances


EPITAPH OF KING JAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Here lies king james who did so propagate
Last Line: That tears in them force thee to weep again.
Subject(s): Epitaphs


EPITAPH ON SIR EDWARD SACKVILLE'S CHILD WHO DIED IN HIS BIRTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Reader, here lies a child that never cri'd
Last Line: Nothing that ever di'd hath liv'd so long.
Subject(s): Epitaphs; Stillbirth; Death - Childbirth


EPITAPH ON SIR FRANCIS VERE    Poem Text    
First Line: If thou appear
Last Line: This world for him made paradise again.
Subject(s): Epitaphs; Vere, Sir Francis (1560-1609)


EPITAPHIUM GULIELMI HERBERT DE SWANSEA    Poem Text    
First Line: Great spirit, that in new ambition
Last Line: Since thou hast not begot it.


I AM THE FIRST THAT EVER LOV'D       


IN A GLASS WINDOW, FOR INCONSTANCY    Poem Text    
First Line: Love, of this clearest, frailest glass
Last Line: Clearness for me, frailty for her.
Subject(s): Mirrors; Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


INCONSTANCY    Poem Text    
First Line: Inconstancy's the greatest of sins
Last Line: Like the same body in another place.
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


KISSING    Poem Text    
First Line: Come hither, womankind and all their worth
Last Line: So, 'tis enough.
Subject(s): Kisses; Love


LA GIALLETTA GALLANTE OR THE SUN-BURN'D EXOTIC BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Child of the sun, in whom his rays appear
Last Line: And by thy gold show like some copper-mine.
Subject(s): Beauty; Sunbathing


MADRIGAL    Poem Text    
First Line: How should I love my best?
Last Line: Believe't, I will.
Subject(s): Love


MADRIGAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear, when I did from you remove
Last Line: Heaven's lights and you to me will shine.
Subject(s): Love


MELANDER SUPPOS'D TO LOVE SUSAN, BUT DID LOVE ANN    Poem Text    
First Line: Who doth presume my mistress's name to scan
Last Line: Must I not however love susan? Echo. Ann.
Subject(s): Love


ODE: OF OUR SENSE OF SIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Vengeance will sit above our faults, but till
Last Line: Himself knows more.
Subject(s): Sin


PARTED SOULS    Poem Text    
First Line: I must depart, but like to his last breath
Last Line: Death unto us must be freedom and rest.
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


PLATONIC [OR, PLATONICK] LOVE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Disconsolate and sad
Last Line: My chief contentment I will entertain.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


PLATONIC [OR, PLATONICK] LOVE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Madam, believe't, love is not such a toy
Last Line: Have their contents they in each other find.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


PLATONIC [OR, PLATONICK] LOVE (3)    Poem Text    
First Line: Madam, your beauty and your lovely parts
Last Line: Will turn, and circle, with their rays, your face.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


RESTRAINED HOPES, THOUGH YOU DARE NOT ASPIRE       


SATIRES: 1. THE STATE PROGRESS OF ILL    Poem Text    
First Line: I say, 'tis hard to write satires, though ill
Last Line: Compos'd as then: few men and many beasts.
Subject(s): Satire (as Poetic Genre); Sickness; Illness


SATIRES: 2. OF TRAVELLERS: FROM PARIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Ben jonson, travel is a second birth
Last Line: So end this satire, and bid thee good night.
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Thus ends my love, but this doth grieve me most
Last Line: It be a temple, but without a saint.
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord, thus I sin, repent, and sin again
Last Line: Whilst I do talk with my creator thus.
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Innumerable beauties, thou white haire
Last Line: Thou seemest, wreath'd by some immortal hand.
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


SONNET MADE UPON THE GROVES NEAR MERLOU CASTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: You well-compacted groves, whose light and shade
Last Line: A self-renewing vegetable bliss?
Subject(s): Landscape


SONNET OF BLACK BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Black beauty, which, above that common light
Last Line: Our darkness which can make us think it dark.
Variant Title(s): Of Black Beauty
Subject(s): Black (color)


SONNET TO BLACK IT SELF       
First Line: Thou black, wherein all colours are compos'd
Last Line: All revelation unto man denies


THE BROWN BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: While the two contraries of black and white
Last Line: You more than any may be dignifi'd.
Subject(s): Beauty; Black (color); Brown (color); White (color)


THE FIRST MEETING    Poem Text    
First Line: As sometimes with a sable cloud
Last Line: Comes from the motions of your mind
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings


THE GREEN-SICKNESS BEAUTY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Though the pale white within your cheeks compos'd
Last Line: And to be gather'd rather than to fall.


THE GREEN-SICKNESS BEAUTY (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: From thy pale look while angry love doth seem
Last Line: Gave but occasion to suspect it more.


THE IDEA    Poem Text    
First Line: All beauties vulgar eyes on earth do see
Last Line: Much more th' idea where you first began.


THE THOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: If you do love as well as I
Last Line: If you do love as well as I.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


TO A LADY WHO DID SING EXCELLENTLY    Poem Text    
First Line: When our rude and unfashion'd words, that long
Last Line: Or only the delights which you did give?
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Songs


TO HER BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: Regardful presence! Whose fix'd majesty
Last Line: Itself like thee would rest, like thee would move.
Subject(s): Bodies


TO HER EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: Black eyes if you seem dark
Last Line: Through black, cannot but be divine.
Subject(s): Eyes


TO HER FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Fatal aspect! That hast an influence
Last Line: Sure adam sinn'd not in that spotless face.
Subject(s): Faces


TO HER HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Black beamy hairs, which so seem to arise
Last Line: With the sunbeams below.
Subject(s): Hair


TO HER MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Exalted mind! Whose character doth bear
Last Line: Thyself to us, thou shouldst be still a wonder?
Subject(s): Reason; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


TO HIS FRIEND, BEN JONSON, OF HIS HORACE MADE ENGLISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Twas not enough, ben jonson, to be thought
Last Line: To be the horace of our times and his.
Subject(s): Horace (65-8 B.c.); Jonson, Ben (1572-1637); Poetry & Poets; Translating & Interpreting


TO HIS MISTRESS FOR HER TRUE PICTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Death, my life's mistress, and the sovereingn queen
Last Line: Who from my mouth-grate and eye-window bawl.
Subject(s): Beauty; Love


TO HIS WATCH, WHEN HE COULD NOT SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Uncessant minutes, whilst you move you tell
Last Line: You die in time, time in eternity.
Subject(s): Insomnia; Watches; Sleeplessness


TO MISTRESS DIANA CECIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Diana cecil, that rare beauty thou dost show
Last Line: When men might hope more than they understood.
Subject(s): Beauty


TO ONE BLACK AND NOT VERY HANDSOME, WHO EXPECTED COMMENDATION    Poem Text    
First Line: What though your eyes be stars, your hair be night
Last Line: Or leave thee with the praise of being chaste.


TO THE AUTHOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Thine art and subject both such worth contain
Last Line: That thou art best requited in thy pain.
Subject(s): Davies, John (1563-1618)


TO THE COUNTESS OF DORSET    Poem Text    
First Line: Since in your face, as in a beauteous sphere
Last Line: Of love and honour equal cause impart.


UPON COMBING HER HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Breaking from under that thy cloudy veil
Last Line: And strike out day from thy yet fairer eyes.
Subject(s): Hair



Mierow, Herbert Edward   
1 poems available by this author


PRINCETON    Poem Text    
First Line: Changed with the passing years, yet still the same
Last Line: And love of unseen things that do not die.
Subject(s): Princeton, New Jersey



Palmer, Herbert Edward   
36 poems available by this author


AUNT ZILLAH SPEAKS       
First Line: I never look upon the sea


BROOK NOSTALGIA       
First Line: Oh, I would go away and fire my eyes


CALL OF THE FELLS, SELS.       
First Line: I would that I were home again
Subject(s): England


CELESTIAL COUNTRY       
First Line: So much beauty gone into the void. Where is it?
Last Line: All that bright truth unmerited to me? %and yet I saw strange light the day you died


DAVID AND GOLIATH       
First Line: Let goliath have his say


DEFEATIST SONG       
First Line: I'll be going away soon %to wash in a blue lagoon
Last Line: Where the faithful hands are bless'd %and the cheated are at rest


EASTER POEM [FOR ALL THE YEAR]       
First Line: Hush harlequin brain, wild brain! A tale I'd tell
Subject(s): Religion


HUNGER       
First Line: Hungry, ravenously hungry!


LIVE WIND       
First Line: There is a way the wind has


LUTE SONG OF THE LADY HELOISE       
First Line: Abelard, my wisdom's saint


MY LADY       
First Line: Strike soft each fiddle, harp, and viol


NATURE IN WAR-TIME       
First Line: If flowers could speak


NEW HOPE FOR SOME       
First Line: When I am no more thought of


ODE: SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER, 1939       
First Line: Incredible huns! Vile goths!-under god's ban


PHASE       
First Line: What are you staring at, johnny, %and you, milida and judy?-
Last Line: There'll be new bones with the old bones, %and more graves 'neath the green grasses


PHIL, THE BLACK PERSIAN       
First Line: Philander's a king, a dandy king
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


PILGRIM       
First Line: When I am recompensed and lean secure


PRAYER FOR RAIN       
First Line: O god, make it rain!


PRAYER FOR SUNLIGHT IN EARLY SPRING       
First Line: Oh lord, send the sun!


RE-BIRTH OF THE SOUL       
First Line: Now what have I to do with death?


ROCK PILGRIM       
First Line: Let the damned ride their earwigs to hell
Last Line: I will plod up to the ridge to the right, past the crimson-green holly


SAINT JOAN: A MEDITATION AND A PRAYER       
First Line: All that is nobly beautiful or true


SCOPE OF POETRY       
First Line: The poet must strive to please a stirring crowd
Last Line: And whoso knows the tune sings not in vain


SHADOWS       
First Line: Flickering shadows phantasies


SONNET: AFTERMATH OF STORM AND WAR       
First Line: And over the waste of barren moorland


SOUL OF MAN       


SPRING CHRISTMAS CAROL       
First Line: Jesus was born in a manger


SPRING IN THE PENNINES       
First Line: Now the spring comes


THOUGHTS ON JUSTICE AND DEGENERATE LOVE       
First Line: You prate of love and mildness, gentle ways


THROUGH CURTAINS OF DARKNESS       
First Line: The voice of god came upon me through the darkness
Last Line: For truth was given unto the angels; %and they are melody and fire


TO SOME REVIEWERS WHO HAVE WILFULLY ABUSED CERTAIN TRUE POET       
First Line: Come hither, gallers of renown


TROLL SONG       
First Line: Rend thy harp, tannhauser


UNKNOWN WARRIOR SINGS AND CURSES IN THE STREET       
First Line: I'm a spent arrow shouldered from the sun


VOICE IN THE WOOD       
First Line: Where art thou going


WOODWORKERS' BALLAD       
First Line: All that is moulded of iron
Subject(s): Wood


WOUNDED HAWK       
First Line: I have with fishing-rod and line