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Subject: AMUSEMENTS
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A BALLAD OF THE CHAMPIONS, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Dear little willie takes the ball
Last Line: The boys are laying bogie low!
Subject(s): Boys;games; Recreation;pastimes;amusements


A BALLADE OF LAWN TENNIS, by FRANKLIN PIERCE ADAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Some gain a universal fame
Last Line: I like the game of tennis best.
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Games; Sports; Tennis; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


A BALLADE OF THE GAME, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "tier upon tier, through the stands are strown"
Last Line: "'yale, old yale, and a victory!"
Subject(s): Games;victory; Recreation;pastimes;amusements


A DUPLICATE GAME, by RAY CLARKE ROSE    Poem Text                
First Line: A game of whist? Who could resist
Last Line: A game of whist?
Subject(s): Chance; Deception; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


A GAME OF BOWLS (WRITTEN DURING AN AIR RAID), by CAMILLA DOYLE    Poem Text                
First Line: My body's crouched beneath a table shelter
Last Line: Reaches me still and keeps me unafraid.
Subject(s): Air Raids; Air Warfare; Games; Soldiers; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


A REAL BOY, by WILBUR DICK NESBIT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a joy that is a joy
Last Line: In a boy that is a boy!
Subject(s): Boys; Children; Games; Happiness; Play; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Joy; Delight


A SUMMER SERMON FOR MEN, by OLIVER MARBLE    Poem Text                
First Line: I have fought a good fight,' the parson said, his weekly text declaring
Last Line: Felt of his muscle on the sly — and felt like god's anointed!
Subject(s): Baseball; Games; Play; Sermons; Sports; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


AFTER THE GAME, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: They played at cards on the yellow sand
Last Line: She finds that he played the knave
Subject(s): Games; Recreation;pastimes;amusements


BALLADE OF THE FAN, by WILLIAM FREDERICK KIRK    Poem Text                
First Line: Madly I long for the day
Last Line: Ho for the crack of the bat!
Subject(s): Admiration; Fans; Games; News; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


BASEBALL BY THE OLD, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "this is the time of the year, my boys"
Last Line: The gray - head who would play baseball!
Subject(s): Baseball;games;play;spectator (periodical);sports; Recreation;pastimes;amusements


BATTLEDORE AND SHUTTLECOCK, by AMY LOWELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The shuttlecock soars upward
Last Line: With a weight at the end.
Subject(s): Badminton; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


BLIND MAN'S BUFF, by WILLIAM BLAKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When silver snow decks susan's cloaths
Last Line: Then laws were made to keep fair play.
Variant Title(s): Song Third By An Old Shepherd
Subject(s): Bible; Games; Mythology; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


CARD HOUSES, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: My little niece and I - I read
Last Line: "yes, lizzie, build it up again."
Subject(s): Children;games;play; Childhood;recreation;pastimes;amusements


CARNIVAL, by FRANCIS CARCO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Gilded mask and domino
Last Line: Spare, o lord, thy last bohemian!
Subject(s): Carnivals; Games; Play; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


CHECKERS, by FRANCES DICKENSON PINDER    Poem Text                
First Line: A checkerboard of ebony and ivory
Last Line: Let's begin!
Alternate Author Name(s): Pindar, Frances Dickenson; Pinder, F. D.
Subject(s): Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


CROQUET BY MOONLIGHT, by JULIA A. MOORE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On a moonlight evening, in the month of may
Last Line: Chorus: this play, etc.
Alternate Author Name(s): Sweet Singer Of Michigan
Subject(s): Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


DANGEROUS GAMES, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I fly a black kite on a long string
Last Line: Trembling on an aphid-riddled leaf.
Subject(s): Games; Kites; Women; Women's Rights; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Feminism


DICING, by AGATHIAS SCHOLASTICUS    Poem Text                
First Line: It's sport for gentlemen, but rage and pain
Last Line: But learn to give each hour what fits it best.
Alternate Author Name(s): Agathias Scholasticos
Subject(s): Dice; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


DRAW GLOVES, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At draw-gloves we'l play
Last Line: Shall have for his winning a kisse.
Subject(s): Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


ECLOGUE ON NOBLE ASSEMBLIES REVIVED ON COTWSOLD HILLS BY ROBERT DOVER, by THOMAS RANDOLPH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What clodpates, thenot, are our british swains!
Last Line: To saint him in the shepherd's calendar.
Subject(s): Cotswold Hills, England; Country Life; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


EMBLEMS OF LOVE: 10. BLIND LOVE, by PHILIP AYRES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Love is that childish play call'd blind-man's bluff
Last Line: When's little brains are dashed against a post.
Subject(s): Games; Love - Nature Of; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


FIERCE GIRL PLAYING HOPSCOTCH, by ALICE FULTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You sway like a crane to the tunes of tossed stones.
Subject(s): Girls; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


FILLING IN THE BLANKS; FOR CONSTANCE MERRITT, by ELEANOR WILNER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Blank verse, as good as marlowe's mighty line
Last Line: Overhead, the circling, screaming birds.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilner, Eleanor Rand
Subject(s): Birds; Crossword Puzzles; Games; Messengers; Writing & Writers; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


FROLIC, by GEORGE WILLIAM RUSSELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The children were shouting together
Last Line: The lovely lawns of the light.
Alternate Author Name(s): A. E.
Subject(s): Children; Games; Happiness; Play; Stars; Sun; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Joy; Delight


GAME, by TONY HOAGLAND    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On thursday nights in spring
Last Line: And the unmowed field is foaming at the mouth with flowers
Subject(s): Games; Spring; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


GAME AFTER SUPPER, by MARGARET ATWOOD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This is before electricity
Last Line: If we are lucky
Subject(s): Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


GENDER GAME, by ANNE WALDMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: One said / once
Last Line: That it could be a temple & tempestuous & strange of body because of marriage
Subject(s): Games; Man-woman Relationships; Marriage; Sex; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Male-female Relations; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


HANDICAPPED, by CHRISTOPHER DARLINGTON MORLEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Life is a game of whist
Last Line: Leading the mating instinct.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hall, Galway
Subject(s): Games; Life; Nature; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


HIDE AND GO SEEK, by HENRY CUYLER BUNNER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It was an old, old, old, old lady
Last Line: And the boy who was half-past three.
Variant Title(s): One, Two, Three!'
Subject(s): Children; Games; Play; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


HIDE AND SEEK, by SARA TEASDALE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was a child we played sometimes in the dark
Last Line: When the game is over and we are put to bed.
Alternate Author Name(s): Filsinger, Ernest B., Mrs.
Subject(s): Games; Life; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


HIDE AND SEEK, by HENRY VAN DYKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: All the trees are sleeping, all the winds are still,
Last Line: "coo-ee, coo-ee, coo-ee!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Civis Americanus
Subject(s): Games; Life; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


HOW THE WINNING FOUR WEST HOME, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Superb in pride we strained upon the golden chariot-pole
Last Line: Though slumber takes us—still they talk low-whispering in the ilex walk!
Subject(s): Chariot Racing; Collective Behavior; Competition; Driving & Drivers; Games; Victory; Mobs; Crowds; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


KIND SIR: THESE WOODS, by ANNE SEXTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Kind sir: this is an old game
Subject(s): Children; Games; Self; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


KNIFE ON A PLATE, by FORREST GANDER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Children; Games; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


MEDIEVAL MOTIF, by TOMAS TRANSTROMER                    Poet's Biography
First Line: Beneath our spell-binding play of faces there waits
Subject(s): Games; Poetry & Poets; Time; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


MELE UHIUHI, by CHARLES W. KENN    Poem Text                
First Line: Let us play a game
Last Line: All the night.
Subject(s): Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


MEXICAN NURSERY SONG: 14, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "little pony, little pony"
Last Line: Long live antonio!
Subject(s): Games;ponies; Recreation;pastimes;amusements


MUSICAL CHAIRS, by ELEANOR WILNER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The chairs were set up on the hillside
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilner, Eleanor Rand
Subject(s): Chairs; Games; Insects; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Bugs


OBSESSIVE, by MARVIN BELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It could be a clip, it could be a comb
Last Line: The father of a friend just sickened and sickened.
Subject(s): Children; Family Life; Games; Obsessions; Childhood; Relatives; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


OLD MAN THROWING A BALL, by DAVID BAKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He is tight at first, stiff, stands there atilt
Subject(s): Old Age; Dogs; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


PEEK-A-BOO, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The cunningest thing that a baby can do
Last Line: How to hide, and play peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Children; Games; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


PICTURE PUZZLES, by CAROLYN WELLS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Seated one day at a table
Last Line: And I doubt if I do it then!
Subject(s): Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


PLAYING BO-PEEP WITH THE STAR, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "who are you winking at, bright little star"
Last Line: "ah! Laughed the child, we can both play bo-peep"
Subject(s): Games;stars; Recreation;pastimes;amusements


PLAYING DOMINOES, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Mistress morning -- well she knows
Last Line: Who will be the victor, pray?
Subject(s): Dominoes; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


PLAYING JACKS IN BHAKTAPUR, by KAREN SWENSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On a cruciform cloth squared in black and white
Last Line: She names.
Subject(s): Games; Travel; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Journeys; Trips


POKER, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "to draw, or not to draw, that is the question"
Last Line: And lose the right to open
Subject(s): Gambling;games; Wagering;betting;recreation;pastimes;amusements


PRODIGY, by CHARLES SIMIC    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: I grew up bent over
Subject(s): Children; Games; World War Ii; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Second World War


QUESTION AND ANSWER (2), by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "what is that, mother?"
Last Line: That he is swell enough to play at golf?
Subject(s): Games;golf;mothers;sports; Recreation;pastimes;amusements


RECKONING, by JOHN DRINKWATER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I heard my love go laughing
Last Line: Is, false or true, he was my man.
Subject(s): Games; Love; Sermons; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


RINGS, by WILLIAM BARNES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A veairy ring so round's the zun
Last Line: On elem boughs, on mossy limbs.
Subject(s): Games; Play; Wheels; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


SCROLL-SECTION, by ROBERT FINCH    Poem Text                
First Line: You who practise the four elegant occupations
Last Line: The seal of your mind borrowed and not returned.
Subject(s): Games; Nature; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


SKIPPING SONG, by ISABEL ECCLESTONE MACKAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Skippety skip, skippety skip!
Last Line: And isn't skipping easy?
Subject(s): Children; Games; Play; Rope; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


SKY-BOY, by EDWARD P. GILCHRIST    Poem Text                
First Line: In the time before forever
Last Line: Yes! He's you!
Subject(s): Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


SNAKE EYES, by MINNIE BRUCE PRATT                    Poet's Biography
First Line: At the corner wall, boys huddle and squat, playing
Subject(s): Boys; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


SONNET: 6, by CHRISTOPHER PEARSE CRANCH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah, many a time our memory slips aside
Last Line: And crowned our nights with coronals of dreams.
Subject(s): Family Life; Games; Memory; Relatives; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


SPIT, by PHILIP BOOTH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The chipewyans play it
Subject(s): Native Americans; Games; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


STOOL-BALL, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At stool-ball, lucia, let us play
Last Line: And have for all a kisse.
Subject(s): Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


TAKIN' A CHANCE, by WAYNE B. WALTERS    Poem Text                
First Line: The boys were all excited
Last Line: In a game they call polo.
Subject(s): Boys; Games; Victory; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE AMATEUR, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He doesn't play the game for glory
Last Line: Won't even know what it is all about!
Subject(s): Baseball; Games; Ignorance; Man-woman Relationships; Sports; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Dullness; Stupdity; Male-female Relations


THE BLOODY SIRE, by ROBINSON JEFFERS    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: It is not bad. Let them play.
Subject(s): Violence; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE BOROUGH: LETTER 9. AMUSEMENTS, by GEORGE CRABBE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Of our amusements ask you? - we amuse
Last Line: Think of their danger, and their god adore.
Subject(s): Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE BOY SOLDIER, by EDGAR ALBERT GUEST    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Each evening on my lap there climbs
Last Line: Just as he captured me.
Alternate Author Name(s): Guest, Eddie
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE CHESS-PLAYERS, by EDWARD NOYES POMEROY    Poem Text                
First Line: The clock, unheeded, peals the midnight hour
Last Line: And each automaton becomes a man.
Subject(s): Chess; Competition; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE CHICKEN; OR, MY FIRST INTRODUCTION TO THE ANCIENT GAME OF GOLF, by S. F. OUTWOOD    Poem Text                
First Line: Once upon a day most dreary, I was wandering weak and weary
Last Line: And would play it never more!
Subject(s): Games; Golf; Sports; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE CHILDREN'S BOATS, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O little loop of water, with the green
Last Line: In that far spring men call eternity?
Subject(s): Boats; Children; Future Life; Games; Spring; Childhood; Retribution; Eternity; After Life; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE CIRCLE GAME, by MARGARET ATWOOD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The children on the lawn
Subject(s): Games; Children; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Childhood


THE GAME, by OLIVE TILFORD DARGAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis played with eyes; one uttered word
Last Line: My own to play again.
Alternate Author Name(s): Burke, Fielding
Subject(s): Eyes; Games; Play; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE GAMES, by EDWIN FORD PIPER    Poem Text                
First Line: Luck makes him head, he meets it pranksomely
Last Line: Youth, and romance, and music of the moon!
Subject(s): Children; Games; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE GLORY OF THE GAME, by WILLIAM HAMILTON CLINE    Poem Text                
First Line: A song to the football players
Last Line: And the honors and glories he bears!
Subject(s): Football; Games; Play; Sports; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE GOOD AUTHOR, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Contrary to the views
Last Line: To any word you say.
Subject(s): Games; Women; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Feminism


THE LIFTING OF THE MIST, by EMILY PAULINE JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: All the long day the vapours played
Last Line: That greets the lifting of the mist.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tekahionwake
Subject(s): Fairies; Games; Elves; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE LOST CHILDREN, by GREGORY ORR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Years ago, as dusk seeped from the blue
Last Line: Eidolons, adrift on the night air.
Subject(s): Children; Games; Loss; Play; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE MERCHANTS, by ISABEL ECCLESTONE MACKAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I am the frost
Last Line: Happy the few who will buy of the rain.
Subject(s): Children; Games; Merchants; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE MERRY-GO-ROUND, by E. A. L. GRIFFIN    Poem Text                
First Line: What blissful thrills of merriment are found
Last Line: Till, lo! He calls a halt—and comes the end.
Subject(s): Amusement Parks; Children; Games; Merry-go-grounds; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Carousels


THE PLAYGROUND AT PAOWNYC, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text                
First Line: There's a playground hid in the forest's depths
Last Line: With tender care and love.
Subject(s): Camping; Children; Games; Leisure; Parks; Camps; Summer Camps; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 39, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In april when silkworms are small
Last Line: This place is better than mine
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Games; Girls; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 65, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A group of girls play in fading light
Last Line: White temples and a trembling heart
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Games; Girls; Longing; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE SKI-RUNNER, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Above you burns a molten - copper sun
Last Line: Then out! Into a wilderness of light!
Subject(s): Games;ice;skiing; Recreation;pastimes;amusements


THE SLUGGER'S FAREWELL TO HIS WAR CLUB, by C. P. MCDONALD    Poem Text                
First Line: Farewell, good old pal of the national pastime
Last Line: And now we must travel our separate ways.
Subject(s): Clubs (associations); Farewell; Games; Sports; Travel; Parting; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Journeys; Trips


THESPIAN, by MARION F. LEWIS    Poem Text                
First Line: Small phillip played a part sublime
Last Line: The greatest art of all!
Subject(s): Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


TOUCH, by TERRANCE HAYES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We made our own laws.
Last Line: For collision. We called it touch
Subject(s): Games; Youth; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


VERSES FROM THE 'ANNALIA DUBRENSIA', by WILLIAM BASSE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You faire assemblies that renowne
Last Line: Rarius eveniunt solatia——
Subject(s): Animals; Games; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Rabbits; Sports; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Hunters; Hares


VIVE LE ROI!, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: One in a long dark pigtail cries
Last Line: The noble game of basket ball
Subject(s): Basketball;games;sports; Recreation;pastimes;amusements


WOHELO, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text                
First Line: Down in maine at camp wohelo
Last Line: In our hearts their fame will live.
Subject(s): Camping; Children; Games; Girls; Maine (state); Sports; Camps; Summer Camps; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements