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A FAREWEL TO LOVE, by ELIZABETH SINGER    Poem Text                
First Line: Well, since in spight of all that love can do
Last Line: And think no more of hymen, or of love.
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Muses


A HYMNE TO THE MUSES, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O! You the virgins nine!
Last Line: Acknowledger of you.
Subject(s): Muses


A LETTER TO R. L. ESQ, by JOHN BYROM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear peter, if thou canst descend
Last Line: Can cure him of that fiddling phrenzy.
Subject(s): Letters; Messages & Messengers; Muses; News


A MOCK INVOCATION TO GENIUS, SELECTION, by WILLIAM WOTY    Poem Text                
First Line: I now solicit not the muses nine
Last Line: The thought chaotic to prefulgid form.
Subject(s): Muses


A MUSE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The baby was wakened from her afternoon nap today by a fierce
Last Line: I wrote the poems for her. I still do.
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Discontent; Mothers & Daughters; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Inspiration; Creativity; Dissatisfaction; Feminism


A MUSE OF WATER, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We who must act as handmaidens
Last Line: Is water deep enough to drown.
Subject(s): Literary Form; Lowell, Robert (1917-1977); Man-woman Relationships; Muses; Sea; Water; Women; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Ocean; Feminism


A NATURALIST'S GRIEVANCE, by MARCUS S. C. RICKARDS    Poem Text                
First Line: Flames there are that sink and chill
Last Line: Charming every rapt spectator!
Subject(s): Beauty; Muses; Nature; Summer


A PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Gallants, a bashful poet bids me say
Last Line: Tis hard, he thinks, if neither part will do.
Subject(s): Muses; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


A SEA-CHAPLAIN'S PETITION TO THE LIEUTENANTS IN THE WARD ROOM, by J." "T. [PSEUD.]    Poem Text                
First Line: "you who can grant, or can refuse, the power"
Last Line: "thus grant my suit, as grant unhurt you may, / your chaplain,and without your groats, shall pray!"
Alternate Author Name(s): "t., J.;
Subject(s): Muses;poetry & Poets;prayer;rhyme


ADDRESS TO THE MUSES, SELS., by JOANNA BAILLIE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye are the spirits who preside
Last Line: And still contented will I be, %though greater inspirations never fall to me
Subject(s): Muses


ADVICE TO AN M.F.A., by GREGORY N. GABBARD    Poem Source                
First Line: Don't recess for a fast forty winks
Last Line: Or your muse will turn into a sphinx
Subject(s): Muses


AFTER HORACE, by ALFRED DENNIS GODLEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What asks the bard? He prays for nought
Last Line: Or not!
Alternate Author Name(s): Godley, A. D.
Subject(s): Horace (65-8 B.c.); Muses


ALMA: OR, THE PROGRESS OF THE MIND: CANTO 2, by MATTHEW PRIOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: But shall we take the muse abroad
Last Line: Victorious over spite and death.
Subject(s): Death; Love; Muses; Mythology; Dead, The


AN APOLOGY FOR NOT INVOKING THE MUSE, by JOHN CIARDI    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Erato popped in. What a talent for suspicion!
Last Line: By those who haven't had your advantages
Subject(s): Muses; Poetry & Poets


AN ATTEMPT AT A CITY SUNSET, by FRANCIS LEDWIDGE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There was a quiet glory in the sky
Last Line: That sigh upon the traffic all day long.
Subject(s): Evening; Muses; Sunset; Twilight


AN EVENING'S LOVE, OR THE MOCK ASTROLOGER: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When first our poet set himself to write
Last Line: Be kind to day, and cuckold him to morrow.
Subject(s): Muses; Poetry & Poets


AN HYMNE TO THE MUSES, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Honour to you who sit!
Last Line: Green, to the end of dayes.
Subject(s): Muses


ANSWER TO AN OLD MAN'S PAEAN, by HORACE SMITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou greybeard gay! Whose muse
Last Line: Rice-milk, and water-gruel!
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Horatio
Subject(s): Aging; Love; Muses


ASPIRATION, by CHARLES EDWARD DAVIS PHELPS    Poem Text                
First Line: Thousands upon their eager tiptoes stand
Last Line: To clasp and hold it for a single hour.
Subject(s): Desire; Muses


AUSTERITY OF POETRY, by MATTHEW ARNOLD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: That son of italy who tried to blow
Last Line: Of thought and of austerity within.
Variant Title(s): Jacopone Da Todi
Subject(s): Jacopone Da Todi (1230-1306); Muses; Poetry & Poets


AUTOGRAPHIC, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I feel, if aught I ought to rhyme
Last Line: And ought to write -- an autograph.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Autographs; Muses; Rhyme


BALLADE OF THE COMIC MUSE, by RAY CLARKE ROSE    Poem Text                
First Line: Hail! Mistress of the merry tongue
Last Line: When we may court thee, comic muse!
Subject(s): Humor; Muses


BLATHERSKITE, by LEVI BISHOP    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A burden rests upon the mind
Last Line: May write himself a blatherskite.
Subject(s): Muses; Peace


CALLIOPE, by RAY CLARKE ROSE    Poem Text                
First Line: Chief of the muses - great calliope!
Last Line: Thus mask in modern processes immense.
Subject(s): Calliope (goddess); Goddesses & Gods; Muses; Mythology


COMRADE SONG, by PIERRE DE RONSARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We hold not in our power
Last Line: In vine-clad bowers drinking!
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Flowers; Goddesses & Gods; Life; Love; Muses; Mythology; Singing & Singers; Wine


DIGNITY OF LABOR, by LEVI BISHOP    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Genius of toil! Our verse indite / and blaze along each line!
Last Line: To feed, and warm, and cheer, and bless the world.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Life; Muses; Nature; Work; Workers


DIRGE FOR A LIVING POET, by HORACE SMITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What! Shall the mind of bard -- historian -- sage
Last Line: Restore, restore, o god! Our poet's wandering mind!
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Horatio
Subject(s): Death; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Tears; Voices; Dead, The


EARLY SPRING, by JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Come ye so early
Last Line: Was I with my dear!
Subject(s): Life; Muses; Spring


EPILOGUE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, 1674, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oft has our poet wisht [wished], this happy seat
Last Line: Judges so just, so knowing, and so kind.
Variant Title(s): Epilogue Spoken At Oxford By Mrs. Marshall
Subject(s): Muses; Oxford University; Poetry & Poets


EPISTLES BETWEEN J.S. AND ROBERT FERGUSSON: ANSWER TO J.S.'S EPISTLE, by ROBERT FERGUSSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I trou, my mettl'd louden lathie
Last Line: Rob. Fergusson.
Alternate Author Name(s): Ferguson, Robert
Subject(s): Fortune; Muses; Ramsay, Allan (1686-1758)


EVENING: AN ELEGY, by HORACE SMITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Apollo now, sol's carman, drives his stud
Last Line: I, blessed with learning, takes a pen and writes.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Horatio
Subject(s): Apollo; Evening; Muses; Mythology - Classical; Sunset; Twilight


FAREWELL TO THE MUSE, by WALTER SCOTT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Enchantress, farewell! Who so oft hast decoy'd me
Last Line: Farewell, then, enchantress! I meet thee no more!
Subject(s): Muses


FAREWELL TO TWO MUSES, by CAROL FROST    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah, muse, I know you too well, your harp-song gets airy
Last Line: And say if he asks who my lover is now; that I sleep alone. I have no other
Subject(s): Muses


FAREWELL TO TWO MUSES, by CAROL FROST    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah, muse, I know you too well, your harp-song gets airy
Last Line: And say if he asks who my lover is now, that I sleep alone; I have no other
Subject(s): Muses


FOR THE KING'S BIRTHDAY 1787, by THOMAS WARTON THE ELDER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The noblest bards of albion's choir
Last Line: His lyre had blameless been, his tribute all sincere.
Subject(s): Birthdays; Courts & Courtiers; Crowns; Exiles; George Iii, King Of England (1738-1820); Muses


HELLENICS: ON THE HELLENICS, by WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Come back, ye wandering muses, come back home
Last Line: Temper a graver with a lighter song.
Variant Title(s): Proem To Hellenics
Subject(s): Muses; Mythology - Classical


HER ONLY PILOT THE SOFT BREEZE, THE BOAT, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: No fleeting spirit, but my own true love?
Subject(s): Muses; Imagination; Memory; Writing & Writers


HISTORY, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou chronicle of crimes! I read no
Last Line: As sidney in his hall of bliss may love.
Subject(s): Greece; History; Muses; Mythology - Classical; Story-telling; Greeks; Historians


HOURS OF RECREATION, by LEVI BISHOP    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Celestial muse! That still inspires / and fans to flame poetic fires!
Last Line: And time confirms the greatness of the great.
Subject(s): Life; Muses; Poetry & Poets


IDYLL 10, by BION    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: May love the muses evermore invite
Last Line: Than which no sweeter remedy can be.
Subject(s): Love; Muses


IN DEAR VENDOME, by PIERRE DE RONSARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My des autels, whose true
Last Line: Your friend, ronsard.
Subject(s): Earth; Heaven; Justice; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Wind; World; Paradise


INVOCATION, by HORACE SMITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Spirits! Intelligences! Passions! Dreams!
Last Line: Who would not give his life for such a death?
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Horatio
Subject(s): Death; Dreams; Life; Muses; Praise; Dead, The; Nightmares


INVOCATION TO THE CUCKOO, by HORACE SMITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O, pursuivant and herald of the spring!
Last Line: I laugh at fortune, and defy old time.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Horatio
Subject(s): Birds; Cuckoos; Fortune; Muses; Time


INVOCATION TO THE MUSE, by WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Though helicon! I seldom dream
Last Line: Survive, however, george iii.
Subject(s): Muses


INVOCATION TO THE MUSES, by EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Great muse, that from this hall absent for long
Last Line: Weave us those garlands nothing can destroy! %come! With your radiant eyes!--with your throats of th
Alternate Author Name(s): Boyd, Nancy; Boissevain, Eugen, Mrs.
Subject(s): Muses


JUNE AT WOODRUFF, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Out at woodruff place - afar
Last Line: Storied realm, or woodruff place.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Life; Muses; Nature


LARABELLE, by LEVI BISHOP    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Harp of the west! That long hath silent hung
Last Line: The muse may add a laurel to the brave.
Subject(s): Graves; Muses; Singing & Singers; War; Tombs; Tombstones; Songs


LAUREL'S WORTH, by PIERRE DE RONSARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My too great love of you hath been my bale
Last Line: And on their fame the fates shall have no hold.
Subject(s): Fates (mythology); Homer (10th Century B.c.); Love; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Soul; Youth; Iliad; Odyssey


LAUS ATRAMENTI, by HORACE SMITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Our sires were such pedagogue blockheads of yore
Last Line: Since I never shall shine by the aid of the muse.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Horatio
Subject(s): Education; Muses; Universities & Colleges


LINES; WRITTEN AFTER THE PROMISE OF A REWARD, by LUCRETIA MARIA DAVIDSON    Poem Text                
First Line: Whene'er the muse pleases to grace my dull page
Last Line: Nor pegasus rear, till I've taken my ride.
Subject(s): Muses; Poetry & Poets; Pride; Self-esteem; Self-respect


MAKING LOVE, I (8), by PAUL GOODMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Saint harmony my patroness
Subject(s): Muses


MELAMPUS, by GEORGE MEREDITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With love exceeding a simple love of the
Last Line: That glide in grasses and rubble of woody wreck.
Subject(s): Legends, Greek; Muses; Mythology; Nature


MEREDITH NICHOLSON, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Keats, and kirk white, david
Last Line: Young yet in art, and his heart yet a boy's.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Muses; Poetry & Poets; Singing & Singers


MUSE, by ANN D'AGOSTINO CLUNE    Poem Source                
First Line: My muse is a little behind the times
Last Line: But my muse is %mute
Subject(s): Muses


MUSE, by DAVID WAGONER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Cackling, smelling of camphor, crumbs of pink icing
Last Line: My gristle-breasted, slack-jawed zealot, kiss me again
Subject(s): Muses


MUSE, by DAVID WAGONER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Cackling, smelling of camphor, crumbs of pink icing
Last Line: My gristle-breasted, slack-jawed zealot, kiss me again
Subject(s): Muses


MUSE IS ALWAYS THE OTHER WOMAN, by CONSTANCE URDANG    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He courts her up there on the roof
Last Line: Between reason and unreason, %and makes her way alone %through his long dream
Subject(s): Muses


MUSE OF MIDNIGHT, by GREGORY ORR    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the street, stars collide
Last Line: Toward its target: a room in flames.
Subject(s): Muses; Night; Bedtime


MUSES, by ALISON TOWNSEND    Poem Source                
First Line: Sometimes I can almost see them. A swirl of skirt or the flash of a red
Last Line: In my own throat; and the poppies, shaking, though there is no wind
Subject(s): Muses


MUSINGS, by EDWARD HEBENTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In days bygone mayhap I dream'd the laurel might be mine
Last Line: I know not, nor would I aspire to higher form of bliss.
Subject(s): Aging; Muses; Past


MUSINGS AT TARBERT, LOCHFYNE, by WILLIAM THOMSON MCAUSLANE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The sun shines brightly on lochfyne
Last Line: Have given place to net and barge.
Subject(s): Castles; Muses


MUSOPHILUS, by SAMUEL DANIEL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fond man, musophilus, that thus dost spend
Last Line: Above the reach of lightness and contempt.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Muses; Philosophy & Philosophers; Thought; Virtue; Wisdom; Thinking


MY MUSE, by JOHANNA AMBROSIUS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Once I lived from day to day
Last Line: I kissed him tenderly.
Subject(s): Muses


MY MUSE, by JOHN LAWSON STODDARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear muse, the world will never guess
Last Line: "I am thy soul."
Subject(s): Hearts; Muses; Pain; Soul; Suffering; Misery


O PRECIOUS MUSE, by DELLA MCDANIEL    Poem Text                
First Line: Had I, when I was younger
Last Line: A modest hour with you.
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Life; Love; Muses; Writing & Writers; Inspiration; Creativity


ODI PROFANUM, by JOHN COWPER POWYS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O braid thy tresses helen-wise
Last Line: Make sweet the air.
Subject(s): Flowers; Goddesses & Gods; Hair; Muses; Mythology; Mythology - Classical; Roses; Sea; Ulysses; Ocean; Odysseus


ON THE TENTH MUSE, by NATHANIEL WARD    Poem Source                
First Line: Mercury show'd apollo, bartas book
Last Line: Let men look to it, least women wear the spurrs
Subject(s): Muses; Women


PENRHYN'S PILGRIMAGE: PRELUDE, by ARTHUR PETERSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O muse that, in my days of youth
Last Line: My wanderings over sea and land.
Subject(s): Muses


PERMANENT GLORIA, by PIERRE DE RONSARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I have wrought my work - more durable than steel
Last Line: And bind his brows with laurel ever green.
Subject(s): Death; Fate; Heaven; Muses; Time; Dead, The; Destiny; Paradise


PERSON'S TALE, by URSULA ASKHAM FANTHORPE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: That the muses have no more fervent
Last Line: And the proud name of porlock sullied too!
Alternate Author Name(s): Fanthrope, U. A.
Subject(s): Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834); Muses; Poetry And Poets


PHILENA TO MENANDER, by SARAH WENTWORTH MORTON    Poem Text                
First Line: Blest poet! Whose eolian lyre
Last Line: And be the palm of genius thine!
Alternate Author Name(s): Philenia
Subject(s): Homer (10th Century B.c.); Muses; Paine, Robert Treat (1773-1811); Poetry & Poets; Sappho (610-580 B.c.); Time; Iliad; Odyssey


PLAINT OF THE POET IN AN IGNORANT AGE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I would I had a flower-boy!
Last Line: "the no-bird that sings in the no-name tree?"
Subject(s): Household Employees; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Servants; Domestics; Maids; Feminism


POETIC MUSE, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text                
First Line: With rhythm true the heart doth beat
Last Line: And words, like music, then escape.
Subject(s): Language; Muses; Music & Musicians; Words; Vocabulary


PROLOGUE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, 1681 (1), by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The famed italian muse, whose rhymes advance
Last Line: Is forced to turn his satire into praise.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Muses; Oxford University; Praise; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens


PSYCHE, by JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The muses, maiden sisters, chose
Last Line: And taught her all the mystery.
Subject(s): Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von (1749-1832); Muses; Psyche (mythology)


SACRED GROUND, by JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A place to mark the graces, when they come
Last Line: To utter these high secrets reverently.
Subject(s): Muses; Olympus (mountain), Greece


SO HELP ME SAPPHO, by ANNE WALDMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Lofty teacher had / put an end to his argument
Subject(s): Goddesses & Gods; Muses; Mythology; Poetry & Poets; Sappho (610-580 B.c.); Women; Zeus


SO HELP ME SAPPHO, by ANNE WALDMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Lofty teacher had %put an end to his argument
Last Line: Maidenhead, did she commit suicide
Subject(s): Goddesses And Gods; Muses; Mythology; Poetry And Poets; Sappho (610-580 B.c.); Women; Zeus


SONNET TO ARISTE: 2, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Be his to court the muse, whose humble breast
Last Line: The warbling lute to sound the soul of love?
Subject(s): Courtship; Love; Muses; Sonnet (as Literary Form); Soul


SONNET TO THE FIRE, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My friendly fire, thou blazest clear and bright
Last Line: And o'er my ashes muse, as I will muse o'er thine.
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Fire; Legacies; Muses; Sonnet (as Literary Form); Inspiration; Creativity


SONNETS ON ENGLISH DRAMATIC POETS: 15. THE TRIBE OF BENJAMIN, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sons born of many a loyal muse to ben
Last Line: Inscribed, that all who praise his name should see?
Subject(s): Muses


SONNETS TO MIRANDA: 13, by WILLIAM WATSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I knew it well; an enemy has been near
Last Line: Who came to wound me -- and worse still, to stain.
Alternate Author Name(s): Watson, John William
Subject(s): Beauty; Hearts; Muses


SPIRIT, by JORDAN MILLER    Poem Source                
First Line: A spirit moves me as I write,
Last Line: Who's the fool who needs you most?
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Muses; Writer's Block; Writing And Writers


STANZAS WRITTEN WRITTEN ON THE FIRST OF DECEMBER, 1793, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Though now no more the musing ear
Last Line: And bid the flowret bloom.
Subject(s): Love; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Seasons; Winter


STANZAS: IN THE MANNER OF SPENSER, by ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: So long estranged from every muse's lyre
Last Line: Or where midst rustling corn the nodding poppies bloom.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Anna Letitia
Subject(s): Spenser, Edmund (1552-1599); Muses; Inspiration


SWEET MUSE, DESCEND, by ISAAC WATTS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sweet muse, descend and bless the shade
Last Line: To win a mortal's love
Variant Title(s): Meditation In A Grov
Subject(s): Muses


TAKE HERE THE TENDER HARP AGAIN, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
Last Line: To wake perhaps a loftier lay
Subject(s): Muses;prayer


TERPSICHORE, by RAY CLARKE ROSE    Poem Text                
First Line: The dancing muse! I saw her moving through
Last Line: Burst forth in songs of reawakened spring.
Subject(s): Muses; Nature


THALIA, by RAY CLARKE ROSE    Poem Text                
First Line: Since first you crowned the rustic's vernal feast
Last Line: And fortune's fiercest fling a futile boast.
Subject(s): Goddesses & Gods; Muses; Mythology


THE ADVENTUROUS MUSE, by ISAAC WATTS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Urania takes her morning flight
Last Line: O'erspread the list'ning choir.
Subject(s): Adventure And Adventurers; Muses


THE APOLOGY, by NORMAN ROWLAND GALE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Chide not if here you haply find
Last Line: The country love, the country blush!
Subject(s): Country Life; Muses; Youth


THE APOLOGY; ADDRESSED TO THE CRITICAL REVIEWERS, by CHARLES CHURCHILL    Poem Text                
First Line: Laughs not the heart when giants, big with pride
Last Line: If reason's for me, god is for me too.
Subject(s): Authors & Authorship; Critics & Criticism; Defamation; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Smollett, Tobias George (1721-1771); Slander; Libel


THE ARTIST'S MORNING SONG, by JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My dwelling is the muses' home
Last Line: From that dear marriage-bed!
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Love; Muses; Singing & Singers; Songs


THE BASTARD, SELECTION, by RICHARD SAVAGE    Poem Text                
First Line: In gayer hours, when high my fancy ran
Last Line: The raptures languish, and the numbers groan.
Subject(s): Grief; Muses; Solitude; Sorrow; Sadness; Loneliness


THE COURT HOUSE, by WENDELL PHILLIPS STAFFORD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This is that theater the muse loves best
Last Line: What peacock playhouse will contend with you?
Subject(s): Muses; Plays & Playwrights; Theater & Theaters


THE DEATH OF THE GODS; AN ODE WRITTEN IN IMITATION OF PINDAR, by L. KER    Poem Text                
First Line: I made the muses sick / by a new song
Last Line: Their power is gone, and my life is the token.
Subject(s): Goddesses & Gods; Muses; Mythology


THE DESCRIPTION OF COOKHAM, by AEMILIA (BASSANO) LANYER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Farewell (sweet cooke-ham) where I first obtain'd
Last Line: Tying my heart to her by those rich chaines.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lanier, Emilia
Subject(s): Farewell; Food & Eating; Goddesses & Gods; Muses; Mythology; Parting


THE GOLDEN AGE, by WILLIAM EDMONSTOUNE AYTOUN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Money abundant, at an easy rate!
Last Line: That gold alone can make no golden age.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bon Gaultier (with Theodore Martin)
Subject(s): England; Freedom; Materialism; Muses; Wealth; Youth; English; Liberty; Riches; Fortunes


THE HAPPY LIFE, by PIERRE DE RONSARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We'll purge, my friend, the humors that still devour
Last Line: This is my kingdom -- to live contented.
Subject(s): Life; Money; Muses; Soul


THE ITALICS ARE RICHARD GIFFORD'S, by FRANKLIN PIERCE ADAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Verse sweetens toil, however rude the sound
Last Line: Verse sweetens toil.
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Muses; Poetry & Poets


THE JOURNEY, by PAUL FORT    Poem Text                
First Line: The train puffs off, and we depart, - fay of my heart, enchanted muse
Last Line: I present him, lovely muse, to thee.
Subject(s): Muses; Railroads; Travel; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


THE MOUNT OF THE MUSES, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: After thy labour take thine ease
Last Line: Not subject to corruption.
Subject(s): Muses


THE MUSAGETES, by JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Often in the winter midnight
Last Line: Your eyes to look on heavenly glory!
Subject(s): Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von (1749-1832); Muses; Prayer


THE MUSE, by ELEANOR WILNER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There she was, for centuries, the big
Last Line: The writer.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilner, Eleanor Rand
Subject(s): Alexander The Great (356-323 B.c.); Language; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Psychoanalysis; Writing & Writers; Words; Vocabulary; Psychoanalysts; Psychotherapy


THE MUSE'S WOOING, by ALFRED DE MUSSET    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Poet, take thy lute and kiss my mouth!
Last Line: Quench my thirsty longing with thy wood!
Subject(s): Desire; Kisses; Muses; Poetry & Poets


THE MUSES' COMFORTING, by PIERRE DE RONSARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Meseems I scarce could live, but for the muse
Last Line: On which high minds may feed and never tire.
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving; Grief; Muses; Sisters; Sorrow; Sadness


THE OLD HOUSE, by GRACE DUFFIE BOYLAN    Poem Text                
First Line: Cold and cheerless, bare and bleak
Last Line: For us and all the children.
Subject(s): Children; Houses; Muses; Poverty; Childhood


THE ORGY ON PARNASSUS, by WILLIAM WATSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You phrase-tormenting fantastic chorus
Last Line: And here was a bard shall outlast you all.
Alternate Author Name(s): Watson, John William
Subject(s): Language; Life; Love; Muses; Parnassus (mountain), Greece; Words; Vocabulary


THE PARTING, by LEE WILSON DODD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Muse, we have rhymed of liberty
Last Line: To labor, not to sing, in hell.
Subject(s): Muses; War - Home Front


THE PASTORAL, by PIERRE LOUIS    Poem Text                
First Line: The flute that melts beneath his spreading fingers
Last Line: My pastoral flute to your silver olympian lyre.
Alternate Author Name(s): Louys, Pierre
Subject(s): Flutes; Muses; Music & Musicians; Shepherds & Shepherdesses; Singing & Singers; Songs


THE SAME SUBJECT, by PIERRE DE RONSARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When that your sail bent to the ocean-swell
Last Line: And left us only longing and regret.
Subject(s): Beauty; Eyes; Fortune; Lips; Muses; Nature; Sailing & Sailors


THE TWO MASKS, by GEORGE MEREDITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Melpomene among her livid people
Last Line: She bows: she waves them for the loftier lyre.
Subject(s): Muses; Mythology; Tragedy


THE VISIT OF THE MUSE, by ELSA BARKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Being, that comes to me out of the night
Subject(s): Muses; Poetry & Poets


TO A FAIR MAIDEN WHO BLADE ME SHUN WINE, by WILLIAM WATSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: And must I wholly banish hence
Last Line: To grace the praise of water.
Alternate Author Name(s): Watson, John William
Subject(s): Earth; Heaven; Muses; World; Paradise


TO A POET OF QUALITY, by MATTHEW PRIOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Of thy judicious muse's sense
Last Line: Thou shouldst forget his daughter's beauty.
Subject(s): Beauty; Muses; Poetry & Poets


TO A.H., by JAMES MONROE WHITFIELD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I just had turned the classic page
Last Line: The story of thy matchless worth.
Subject(s): Muses; Mythology - Classical


TO AN ABSENT MUSE, by CHARLES LOUIS HENRY WAGNER    Poem Text                
First Line: Oh, come, fruitful spirit, long known as the muse
Last Line: The mantle of poesy, and hie me to bed.
Subject(s): Muses; Spiritual Healing; Faith-cure


TO AN IDEALISTIC POET, by JOHN COWPER POWYS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O why, dear heart, drag in
Last Line: With the over-souls and democracies.
Subject(s): Lies; Life; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Prayer; Soul


TO CHARLES LAMB, by JOHN COWPER POWYS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Not thine to tread the midmost marl of hell
Last Line: These were thy gift, and these outlast the skies.
Subject(s): Flowers; God; Hell; Love; Mothers; Muses


TO DELIA: 47, by SAMUEL DANIEL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Like as the lute that joys or else dislikes
Last Line: And blessed hand that gives so sweet a touch!
Subject(s): Beauty; Love; Muses


TO DR SHERLOCK, by MATTHEW PRIOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Forgive the muse, who, in unhallowed strains
Last Line: And glad all heaven with millions thou hast saved.
Subject(s): Death; God; Heaven; Life; Muses; Youth; Dead, The; Paradise


TO HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUTCHESS OF YORK, by KATHERINE PHILIPS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: To you whose dignity strikes us with awe
Last Line: And falls by that a truer sacrifice.
Alternate Author Name(s): Orinda
Subject(s): Fame; Fear; Hyde, Anne. Duchess Of York (1637-1671); Muses; Reputation


TO MR IOSUAH SYLUESTER, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I dare confesse; of muses, more then nine
Last Line: One bartas speaks in tongues, in nations, twayn.
Subject(s): Confessions; Freedom; Muses; Nations; Singing & Singers; Liberty; Songs


TO MY MUSE (WITH ACKNOWLEDGMENTS TO THE SHADE OF COLONEL LOVELACE), by AUSTIN PHILIPS    Poem Text                
First Line: Deem me not fickle, in that I
Last Line: My bread-and-butter more!
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Lovelace, Richard (1618-1657); Muses; Survival


TO THE COUNTESS DOWAGER OF HUNTINGDON, by BATHSUA PELL MAKIN    Poem Text                
First Line: Illustrious lady, where shall I begin
Last Line: Speak out the rest, you cannot reach her praise.
Subject(s): Muses; Praise; Women


TO THE LADY CASTLEMAIN, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As seamen, shipwrecked on some happy shore
Last Line: New life to my condemn'd and dying muse.
Variant Title(s): To The Lady Castlemain - Afterwards Duchess Of Cleveland
Subject(s): Beauty; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Sailing & Sailors; Villiers, Barbara. Duchess Of Cleveland; Women; Seamen; Sails


TO THE MUSE, by JEAN ADAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Come hither to the hedge, and see
Last Line: But have a care of whining cant.
Alternate Author Name(s): Adam, Jean
Subject(s): Muses


TO THE MUSE, by ALICE CARY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Phantoms come and crowd me thick
Last Line: Good muse, sweet muse, leave me never.
Subject(s): Muses


TO THE MUSES, by WILLIAM BLAKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Whether on ida's shady brow / or in the chambers of the east
Last Line: The sound is forced, the notes are few!
Subject(s): Bible; Imagination; Muses; Mythology; Poetry & Poets; Vision; Fancy


TO THE MUSES, by GIOVANNI [GIOVANO] PONTANO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Nymphs, who inhabit the green leaves of the woods and the waters
Last Line: And crown me with laurel wreaths as I sing now in sapphic mode
Alternate Author Name(s): Pontanus, Jovianus
Subject(s): Muses


TO THE REV. DR FRANCIS TURNER, by MATTHEW PRIOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: If poets, ere they clothed their infant thought
Last Line: And humbly bring the verse which you inspire.
Subject(s): Muses; Poetry & Poets; Virtue


TO WILLIAM DRUMMOND OF HAWTHORNDEN, by MARY OXLIE    Poem Text                
First Line: I never rested on the muses bed
Last Line: Mary oxlie of morpet.
Alternate Author Name(s): Oxlie Of Morpet, Mary
Subject(s): Drummond, William (1585-1649); Muses; Drummond Of Hawthornden, William


UNDERWOODS: BOOK 1: 31, by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sing clearlier, muse, or evermore be still
Last Line: One natural verse recapture -- then be still.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Subject(s): Muses; Singing & Singers


URANIA: THE DIVINE MUSE, ON THE DEATH OF JOHN DRYDEN, ESQ., by SARAH PIERS    Poem Text                
First Line: When through the universe with horrour spread
Last Line: Nor find that dryden's dead, while garth does live.
Subject(s): Death; Dryden, John (1631-1700); Muses; Tears; Dead, The


VENUS'S ADVICE TO THE MUSES, by MATTHEW PRIOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Thus to the muses spoke the cyprian dame
Last Line: But, when he finds us studying hard, he flies.'
Subject(s): Muses; Mythology - Classical; Nymphs; Venus (goddess)


VERSES, by MATTHEW PRIOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Madam, / since anna visited the muses' seat
Last Line: What margaret tudor was, is harriet harley now.
Subject(s): Muses; Oxford, England; Women; Writing & Writers


VERSES WRITTEN IN AN ALCOVE, by ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Now the moon-beam's trembling lustre
Last Line: Lissy! Meet the muse and you.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Anna Letitia
Subject(s): Muses; Moon


VIRGIDEMIAE: BOOK 1: PROLOGUE, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I first aduenture, with fool-hardie might
Last Line: Truth be thy speed, and truth thy patron bee.
Subject(s): Muses; Truth; Virtue


VIRGIDEMIAE: BOOK 1: SATIRE 1, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Nor ladies wanton loue, nor wandring knight
Last Line: To tell our grant his banks are left forlore.
Subject(s): Love; Muses; Poetry & Poets


VIRGIDEMIAE: BOOK 1: SATIRE 3, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With some pot-fury rauisht from their wit
Last Line: For euery peasants brasse, on each scaffold.
Subject(s): Fortune; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Theater & Theaters; Stage Life


VIRGIDEMIAE: BOOK 1: SATIRE 4, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Too popular is tragick poesie
Last Line: Or let their vndeseruing temples bared bee.
Subject(s): Muses; Poetry & Poets; Tragedy


VIRGIDEMIAE: BOOK 1: SATIRE 5, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Another, whose more heauy hearted saint
Last Line: That waiteth for the wandring ghosts retire.
Subject(s): Fates (mythology); Muses; Tears


VIRGIDEMIAE: BOOK 1: SATIRE 8, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hence ye profane: mell not with holy things
Last Line: Vnto the holy house of betleem.
Subject(s): Love; Muses; Parnassus (mountain), Greece; Prophecy & Prophets


VIRGIDEMIAE: BOOK 1: SATIRE 9, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Enuie ye muses, at your thriuing mate
Last Line: Be gossips to those ribald rymes of thine.
Subject(s): Cupid; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Eros


VIRGIDEMIAE: BOOK 2: SATIRE: 2, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: To what ende did our lauish auncestours
Last Line: Let swinish grill delight in dunghill clay.
Subject(s): Muses; Nature; Pain; Suffering; Misery


VIRGIDEMIAE: BOOK 3: PROLOGUE, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Some say my satyrs ouer-loosely flow
Last Line: T'is better too be bad, then be to bold.
Subject(s): Comedy; Muses


VIRGIDEMIAE: HIS DEFIANCE TO ENUIE, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Nay: let the prouder pines of ida fear
Last Line: Monstra noui monstri haec, & satyri & satyrae.
Subject(s): Envy; Fear; Muses


VIRGILII CARMINA, by FREDERIC ROWLAND MARVIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How I love thee, little book!
Last Line: With my virgil hand in hand!
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Books; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Printing And Printers; Singing & Singers; Reading


WILD HEART; FOR TRISHA, by GREGORY ORR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Where would I be if not for your wild heart?
Last Line: How could I live? How could I make my art?
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Creative Ability; Hearts; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Muses; Inspiration; Creativity; Male-female Relations


WILLIAM MORRIS, by NEWMAN HOWARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Weep, eyes that beauty brightens!
Last Line: In chaucer's heir.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Death; Freedom; Life; Love; Muses; Soul; Dead, The; Liberty


YOUNG MUSE, by ALES DEBELJAK    Poem Source                
First Line: My ears, no, more precisely, my capillaries and body are tuned
Last Line: The name, a new source, which opens the doors to the houses of strangers
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Muses