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Γενεθλιακον, by JOSEPH BEAUMONT    Poem Text            
First Line: Twelve moneths agoe, what rate would I too dear
Last Line: Dispair is better farr, than fruitless hope.
Subject(s): England; Grief; Holidays; Hope; New Year; English; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


Γενεθλιακον, by JOSEPH BEAUMONT    Poem Text            
First Line: Whilst I behinde me cast my annual ey
Last Line: Thy graces aid, at least now gin to live.
Subject(s): England; Grief; Holidays; Hope; New Year; English; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


A BALLAD OF A WORKMAN, by JOHN DAVIDSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: All day beneath polluted skies
Last Line: And forge and mould the world anew.'
Subject(s): Alchemy & Alchemists; Ambition; Death; Hope; Labor & Laborers; Temptation; Dead, The; Optimism; Work; Workers


A BARGAIN SALE, by SAMUEL ELLSWORTH KISER    Poem Text            
First Line: I'm offering for sale today
Last Line: The rubbish must be cleared away!
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


A BOOK OF DREAMS, by GEORGE MACDONALD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I lay and dreamed. The master came
Last Line: And all but me asleep!
Subject(s): Birds; Children; Churches; Crucifixion; Death; Desolation; Despair; Dreams; Fathers; Flowers; God; Hope; Lilies; Memory; Prodigal Son; Sleep; Swans; Youth; Childhood; Cathedrals; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion; Dead, The; Nightmares; Optimism


A CASTLE IN THE AIR, by ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I built myself a castle
Last Line: Only -- I looked beyond.
Alternate Author Name(s): Berwick, Mary
Subject(s): Castles; Dreams; Grief; Hope; Youth; Nightmares; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


A CERTAIN KIND OF EDEN, by KAY RYAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It seems like you could, but
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Time; Hope; Optimism


A CHURCHYARD SONG OF PATIENT HOPE, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: All tears done away with the bitter unquiet sea
Last Line: Beloved to the end?
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


A COUNSEL, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh weep for the glory departed
Last Line: And have paradise.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Death; Heaven; Hope; Dead, The; Paradise; Optimism


A DIVINE PASTORAL, by JOHN BYROM    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The lord is my shepherd, my guardian, and guide
Last Line: Be content all my life, and resign'd at my death.
Subject(s): God; Hope; Lord's Supper; Praise; Shepherds & Shepherdesses; Optimism


A GIRL'S COMPLAINT TO HER HEART, by GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE    Poem Text            
First Line: I felt a breeze blowing upon my brow
Last Line: How may it hope for morning? It must die.
Subject(s): Girls; Hearts; Hope; Love; Sleep; Optimism


A HOPE CAROL, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A night was near, a day was near
Last Line: I long to see.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


A LITTLE HOPE, by ADELINE M. JENNEY    Poem Text            
First Line: Your care is not alone for roses, god
Last Line: So I, too, dare to lift a hope to you.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


A LIVING HOPE, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I like the sweet, old fashioned phrase
Last Line: It lives -- and never dies.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


A LOVE TOKEN, by ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Do you grieve no costly offering
Last Line: Glittering at her side.
Alternate Author Name(s): Berwick, Mary
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Pain; Tears; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


A NEW MADRIGAL TO AN OLD MELODY, by ALFRED NOYES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As along a dark pine-bough, in slender white mystery
Last Line: For marian, our clear may, so long laid in earth.
Subject(s): Earth; Fools; Grief; Hope; Moon; Seasons; Time; World; Idiots; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


A NEW YEAR'S HOPE, by EFFIE WALLER SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I dare not hope that in this dawning year
Last Line: I still may courage have to struggle on.
Subject(s): Courage; Holidays; Hope; New Year; Valor; Bravery; Optimism


A NIGHT: EARLIER, by ELSIE GLENN    Poem Text            
First Line: The wind on the sill is groping
Last Line: For a better and brighter day.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


A PEACE-HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a voice across the nation like a mighty ocean-hail
Last Line: He sends us sailing on.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Hope; Kentucky; Sailing & Sailors; Voices; Optimism


A QUERY, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: Oh the wonder of our life
Last Line: "all ther heaven and all the hell? / ah, we know not: god can tell"
Subject(s): Faith;hope; Belief;creed;optimism


A RETROSPECT, by ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: From this fair point of present bliss
Last Line: And so rejoice my life may be all consecrated, dear, to thee.
Alternate Author Name(s): Berwick, Mary
Subject(s): Grief; Hope; Life; Love; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


A RIBBON IN MY HAIR, by BELLE RUSH    Poem Text            
First Line: I thought that hope was dead; that life would be
Last Line: I stayed to twine a ribbon in my hair.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


A SMILE AS SMALL AS MINE, by EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Last Line: Precisely their necessity.
Subject(s): Hope; Religion; Optimism; Theology


A SONNET SENT TO BLACKNESS TO MR. JOHN WELSCH, by ELIZABETH MELVILLE    Poem Text            
First Line: My dear brother, wt courage bear the crosse
Last Line: When shew of c's love thy rich reward shall be:
Alternate Author Name(s): Colville, Elizabeth (melville); Colville Of Culros, Elizabeth (melville); Colross, Lady
Subject(s): Brothers; Hope; Half-brothers; Optimism


A SUMMER NIGHT, by MATTHEW ARNOLD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the deserted moon-blanched street
Last Line: Is left to each man still.
Subject(s): Optimism


A TIME TO DANCE, by CECIL DAY LEWIS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: For those had the power
Last Line: Our lives they are evergreen.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blake, Nicolas
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Death; Hope; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Dead, The; Optimism


A VANISHED HOPE, by MARGARET ELIZABETH MUNSON SANGSTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sweet with the scents of the summer
Last Line: Her firstborn out of her sight!
Alternate Author Name(s): Van Deth, Gerrit, Mrs.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


A WISH, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I wish I were a little bird
Last Line: That springs again no more.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Hope; Memory; Wishes; Optimism


A YEAR'S BURDEN, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fire and wild light of hope and doubt and fear
Last Line: Cry wellaway, but well befall the right.
Subject(s): Change; Death; Hope; Politics & Government; Dead, The; Optimism


AD AMICOS; MOUNT CUBA, by BAYARD TAYLOR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes an hour of fate's serenest weather
Last Line: The happy song that cares not for its fame!
Alternate Author Name(s): Taylor, James Bayard
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Faith; Fate; Hope; Belief; Creed; Destiny; Optimism


AD ASTRA: 49, by CHARLES WHITWORTH WYNNE    Poem Text            
First Line: The tender, wistful smile that spoke of life
Last Line: Yet stored for one unconscious of its worth!
Alternate Author Name(s): Cayzer, Charles
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Optimism


ADVENT, by CLYDE MCGEE    Poem Text            
First Line: Once to this troubled world
Last Line: To weary eyes.
Subject(s): Babies; Christmas; Hope; Jesus Christ - Childhood & Youth; Peace; Worship; Infants; Nativity, The; Optimism


AFTER GREAT DROUGHT, by KATHARINE TYNAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The rain gropes with delicate pushing fingers
Last Line: The world's as sweet as a rose: a rain-wet rose.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hinkson, Katharine Tynan
Subject(s): Comfort; Drought; Flowers; God; Hope; Rain; Roses; Optimism


AFTER THE CENTENNIAL (A HOPE), by CHRISTOPHER PEARSE CRANCH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Before our eyes a pageant rolled
Last Line: Can hold the runners lest they fall!
Subject(s): Hope; Nations; Soul; Summer; United States - Centennial Celebrations; Optimism


AFTER WINTER, by STERLING ALLEN BROWN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He snuggles his fingers
Last Line: "runnin' space . . . "
Subject(s): Farm Life; Hope; Agriculture; Farmers; Optimism


AGAINST HOPE, by ABRAHAM COWLEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope, whose weak being ruin'd is
Last Line: More wayes, and turnes, then hunted nature knowes.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


ALCHEMY, by SARA TEASDALE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I lift my heart as spring lifts up
Last Line: To living gold.
Alternate Author Name(s): Filsinger, Ernest B., Mrs.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


ALMANZOR & ALMAHIDE, OR THE CONQUEST OF GRANADA: SONG OF ZAMBRA DANCE2, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How unhappy a lover am I
Last Line: For the souls to meet closer above.
Variant Title(s): Prologues, Epilogues And Songs From The Conquest Of Granada: 7
Subject(s): Death; Fate; Hope; Love - Loss Of; Nymphs; Dead, The; Destiny; Optimism


AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis hard to say, if greater want of skill
Last Line: Not free from faults, nor yet too vain to mend.
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism; Denham, Sir John (1615-1669); Dillon, Wentworth. 4th Earl Of Roscommon; Dryden, John (1631-1700); Erasmus, Desiderius (1466-1536); Hope; Mnemonics; Poetry & Poets; Sozzini, Lelio (1525-1562); Waller, Edmund (1606-1687); Optimism; Soc


AN IDEAL, by ARTHUR O. HUNTLEY    Poem Text            
First Line: A heavenly day may come our way
Last Line: The skies will speedily clear.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


AN ODE, by ANNE BATTEN CRISTALL    Poem Text            
First Line: Almighty power! Who rul'st this world of storms!
Last Line: Thus hope excentric points to happiness!
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


AND THIS, by ELMO RUSS    Poem Text            
First Line: And this is what my life is: hope without
Last Line: I knew that nothing really was my own.
Subject(s): Hope; Life; Night; Optimism; Bedtime


ANSWER, by LEONORA SPEYER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Love, you have broken my wings - I cried
Last Line: There is a sound!
Subject(s): Hope; Love - Complaints; Optimism


ANSWER FOR HOPE, by RICHARD CRASHAW    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear hope! Earth's dowry, and heaven's debt!
Last Line: The god of nature in the field of grace.
Variant Title(s): Richard Crashaw's Answer For Hope;on Hope
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


ANTICIPATION, by EMILY JANE BRONTE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How beautiful the earth is still
Last Line: Rewarding destiny!'
Alternate Author Name(s): Bell, Ellis
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


APPENDIX TO 'LAZARUS': 3, by HEINRICH HEINE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How slowly time is crawling on
Last Line: To place on record in the morning.
Subject(s): Death; Hope; Poetry & Poets; Time; Dead, The; Optimism


ASPIRATION, by THEODOCIA PEARCE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: One cried....I would mount to the heights and there
Last Line: To all I chance to meet.
Subject(s): Hope; Keller, Helen (1880-1968); Love; Optimism


AUF WIEDERSEHEN, by S. ABBOTT    Poem Text            
First Line: The coals have lower, fainter burned
Last Line: To meet again.
Subject(s): Dreams; Hope; Thought; Nightmares; Optimism; Thinking


AUTUMN (1), by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Care flieth / hope and fear together
Last Line: In blank autumn who could speak of love?
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Autumn; Fear; Hope; Love; Seasons; Fall; Optimism


AUTUMN SONG, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A keen west wind from the hills away
Last Line: Hopes and dreamings and dead desires.
Subject(s): Autumn; Desire; Hope; Memory; Seasons; Singing & Singers; Wind; Fall; Optimism; Songs


BALLADE OF PENTECOST, by EUSTACHE DESCHAMPS    Poem Text            
First Line: On high pentecost I found
Last Line: With a rose on either syde.
Subject(s): Holidays; Hope; Love; Marriage; Optimism; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


BALLADE: 10, by THOMAS WYATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My hope, alas, hath me abused
Last Line: And I remain all comfortless.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Subject(s): Fortune; Happiness; Hearts; Hope; Truth; Joy; Delight; Optimism


BALLADE: 26, by THOMAS WYATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Greeting to you both in hearty wise
Last Line: And hath him recommended to the cat and mouse.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Subject(s): Bodies; Fear; Hope; Love; Soul; Optimism


BALLADE: 27, by THOMAS WYATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When that I call unto my mind
Last Line: I ask but right for my redress.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Subject(s): Faith; Hope; Wealth; Belief; Creed; Optimism; Riches; Fortunes


BALLADE: 31, by THOMAS WYATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Alas! My dear, the word thou spakest
Last Line: Alas, my dear.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Subject(s): Death; Hope; Life; Tears; Dead, The; Optimism


BALLADE: 32, by THOMAS WYATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Being as none is, I do complain
Last Line: With 'pity' for 'patience' and 'conscience' for 'wrong'.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Subject(s): Death; Hope; Pain; Dead, The; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


BE HOPEFUL, by FRANCIS STRICKLAND    Poem Text            
First Line: Be hopeful, friend, when clouds are dark
Last Line: Press on, for victory's ahead. Be hopeful, friend, and win it.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


BE HOPEFUL: 1. THE LARK, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Morning is doffing her mantle of grey
Last Line: On high, and thy song be poured not in vain.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Birds; Hope; Larks; Optimism; Skylarks


BE HOPEFUL: 2. THE ROSE, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Blushing and glowing, the rose in full bloom
Last Line: The rose and the gem smile up to the sky.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Flowers; Hope; Roses; Optimism


BE HOPEFUL: 3. THE STREAM, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A bright stream may shrink in summer's hot fire
Last Line: The life-stream again runs fresh 'mong the flowers.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Brooks; Hope; Streams; Creeks; Optimism


BE HOPEFUL: 4. THE RESUME, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Be hopeful, sweet singer; man may not raise
Last Line: Dropped from her pinions, is trustful and calm.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


BE STRONG, by ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Be strong to hope, o heart
Last Line: Thou wouldst be strong!
Alternate Author Name(s): Berwick, Mary
Subject(s): Faith; Hope; Love; Religion; Strength; Belief; Creed; Optimism; Theology


BEEN THERE BEFORE, by ANDREW BARTON PATERSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There came a stranger to walgett town
Last Line: On a previous visit to walgett town.
Alternate Author Name(s): Paterson, 'banjo'
Subject(s): Hope; Rivers; Strangers; Optimism


BEGIN AT ONCE; BAND OF HOPE SONG, by FRANCES RIDLEY HAVERGAL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Begin at once! In the pleasant days
Last Line: And swell the ranks of our happy band.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


BETTER TO CLIMB AND FALL, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: Give me a man with an aim
Last Line: And never to strive at all
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


BLAKE, by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Saw them glittering in the trees
Last Line: Dreaming one poem
Subject(s): Hope; Solitude; Blake, William (1757-1827); Optimism; Loneliness


BORDERLAND, by HELEN FIELD FISCHER    Poem Text            
First Line: There is a mystic borderland that lies
Last Line: Across the distance, in the same old way.
Variant Title(s): The Mystic Borderland
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


BUSINESS IS BUSINESS, by BERTON BRALEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Business is business,' the little man said
Last Line: "and that business is to serve!"
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


BY AND BY, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: Was the parting very bitter?
Last Line: "o'er a brighter ""by and by."
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


BY WAY OF THE STARS, by LEVI BISHOP    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Raise, gentle muse, a worthy note!
Last Line: And take the stars along our way.
Subject(s): Creation; Hope; Soul; Stars; Optimism


BY-AND-BY, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: By-and-by, the maiden sighed -- by-and-by
Last Line: Keep the promiscd by-and-by -- by-and-by?
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Hope; Mothers; Soldiers; Time; War; Youth; Optimism


CANTATA, by PIETRO METASTASIO    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dark, mournful clouds hang over the sun
Last Line: Always the thunder-bolt contain.
Alternate Author Name(s): Trapassi, Pietro Antonio Domenico
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


CASSANDRA'S PROPHECY, by PIERRE DE RONSARD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Time's frost shall touch thy temples in the morn
Last Line: With lightning from the right struck blind mine eyes.
Subject(s): Cassandra; Eyes; Hope; Prophecy & Prophets; Time; Optimism


CASTLES IN THE SAND, by KATHARINE LIDDELL    Poem Text            
First Line: We built them upon the shining sand
Last Line: Their castles on the sand.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


CHRISTMAS, by WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Youth, in the heart of faith now wearing old
Last Line: Eternal in youth, and hope, and love and home!
Alternate Author Name(s): Howells, W. D.
Subject(s): Christmas; Hope; Love; Youth; Nativity, The; Optimism


CHRISTMAS ANTIPHONES: 2. OUTSIDE CHURCH, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We whose days and ways
Last Line: Not for us is born?
Subject(s): God; Hope; Life; Night; Optimism; Bedtime


CHRISTMAS IN WARTIME: 1917: THE LAST LAP, by ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We seldom were quick off the mark
Last Line: Be your victorious christmas-tide.
Subject(s): Christmas; England; Hope; Patience; Victory; War; World War I; Nativity, The; English; Optimism; First World War


COMFORT, by ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hast thou o'er the clear heaven of thy soul
Last Line: Eternal rest!
Alternate Author Name(s): Berwick, Mary
Subject(s): Comfort; Fate; Hope; Life; Soul; Destiny; Optimism


CONCLUDING LINES OF PRIZE POEM ON HOPE, by GEORGE CRABBE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: But, above all, the poet owns thy powers
Last Line: To win the laurel, and possess the prize.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


COUPLET (2), by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Faith and hope are wings to love
Last Line: Silver wings to golden dove.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Faith; Hope; Love; Belief; Creed; Optimism


COURAGE REGAINED, by BERTHA TODD CAMPBELL    Poem Text            
First Line: A storm has damaged the corn crop
Last Line: I am at peace.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


CUPID'S ARROWS, by GEORGE PEELE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: At venus' entreaty for cupid her son
Last Line: His metal vulcan's cyclops sent from hell.
Subject(s): Cupid; Hate; Hope; Jealousy; Love; Mythology - Classical; Venus (goddess); Eros; Optimism


DAPHNE, by VERA MARY BRITTAIN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sunrise and spring, and the river agleam in the morning
Alternate Author Name(s): Catlin, George E. G., Mrs.
Subject(s): Youth; Hope; Optimism


DAWN'S FIRST VOICE, by VIOLA MEYNELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I awoke - perhaps too late?
Last Line: Of hope to a heart that breaks.
Subject(s): Birds; Dawn; Hope; Waking; Sunrise; Optimism


DEAD HOPE, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope newborn one pleasant morn
Last Line: No not in heaven.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


DECEITFUL HOPE, by JULIUS POLYAENUS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Life is the fool of hope, till one last morning
Last Line: Sweeps all our schemes away, without a warning.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


DESNOS READING THE PALMS OF MEN ON THEIR WAY TO THE GAS CHAMBERS, by STEPHEN BERG    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Maybe I should go back to the white leather
Last Line: Don't you hear it?
Subject(s): Desnos, Robert (1900-1945); Fortune Tellers; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Hope; Jews; Palmistry; Shoah; Optimism; Judaism


DIRE: 14. MENTANA: SECOND ANNIVERSARY, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: By the dead body of hope, the spotless lamb
Subject(s): Bodies; Death; Hope; Nations; Dead, The; Optimism


DIRE: 15. MENTANA: THIRD ANNIVERSARY, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Such prayers last year were put up for thy sake
Last Line: Satiate the immitigable hours in hell?
Subject(s): Death; Hope; Nations; Prayer; Dead, The; Optimism


DON'T BE DOWN-HEARTED (A PHILOSOPHIC POME), by BERTON BRALEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When the world is extremely unpleasant
Last Line: Then it will take a turn for the worse!
Subject(s): Future; Hope; Luck; Optimism


DON'T STOP AT THE STATION DESPAIR, by CINCINNATUS HEINE MILLER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We must trust the conductor, most surely
Last Line: Don't stop at the station despair!
Alternate Author Name(s): Miller, Joaquin
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


DORA, by JEAN INGELOW    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A waxing moon that, crescent yet
Last Line: To learn that tears are obsolete.
Subject(s): Grief; Hope; Love; Moon; Tears; Youth; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


DOULEUR, by PAUL ELDRIDGE    Poem Text            
First Line: Why do my hopes
Last Line: Across my path ...?
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


DURING DECEMBER'S DEATH, by DELMORE SCHWARTZ    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The afternoon turned dark early
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


DURING THE QUARREL, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: "I hope, when we go down to dinner"
Last Line: "I hope she'll accept my devotion: / then, oh to still opposite nell!"
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


DUST OF SNOW, by ROBERT FROST    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The way a crow
Last Line: Of a day I had rued.
Variant Title(s): A Favour;snow Dust
Subject(s): Birds; Crows; Hope; Snow; Optimism


DUST-SEALED, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I know not wherefore, but mine eyes
Last Line: Their eyes are blind, they cannot see.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Eden; Eyes; Hope; Vision; Optimism


ECHOES, by EMMA LAZARUS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Late-born and woman-souled I dare not hope
Last Line: To one in love with solitude and song.
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Singing & Singers; Optimism; Songs


ECHOES: 4. INVICTUS, by WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Out of the night that covers me
Last Line: I am the captain of my soul.
Alternate Author Name(s): Henley, W. E.
Variant Title(s): R. T. Hamilton Bruce;to R. T. H. B. ...;unconquered;urbs Fortitudinis;invictus;in Memoriam: R.t. Hamilton Bruce
Subject(s): Bruce, R. T. Hamilton (1846-1899); Consolation; Courage; Hope; Independence; Life Change Events; Pain; Self-control; Self-reliance; Soldiers; Strength; Valor; Bravery; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


ECLOGUE: 1, by PUBLIUS VERGILIUS MARO    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: While you, o tityrus, beneath the shade
Last Line: And from the hills the lengthening shadows spread.
Alternate Author Name(s): Virgil; Vergil
Subject(s): Freedom; Hope; Love; Wandering & Wanderers; Liberty; Optimism


EGG-AND-DART, by ROBERT FINCH    Poem Text            
First Line: This never-ended searching for the eyes
Last Line: Then the droll recommencement of the search.
Subject(s): Eyes; Hope; Optimism


EGOMANIA, by JOHN FREEMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: She-she-who is this she but my creation
Last Line: With hands stretched out—and feet that stray and falter.
Subject(s): Desire; Egoism & Egotism; Hope; Man-woman Relationships; Women; Optimism; Male-female Relations


EL CAMINO REAL, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The king's highway is thronged with folk
Last Line: But, oh, the by-roads and their song!
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; God; Hope; Singing & Singers; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Optimism; Songs


ELEGIAC SONNET: 6. TO HOPE, by CHARLOTTE SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O hope! Thou soother sweet of human woes!
Last Line: And I will bless thee, who, tho' slow, art sure.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


ELEGY, by ANNE (HOME) HUNTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sigh not, ye winds, as passing o'er
Last Line: Shall ever weep, shall ever sigh.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


ENGRAVEN ON A COLUMN, by MATTHEW PRIOR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: View not this spire by measure given
Last Line: While deathless charity remains.
Subject(s): Churches; Death; Faith; Heaven; Hope; Cathedrals; Dead, The; Belief; Creed; Paradise; Optimism


ENTHUSIASM IN TWO PARTS, by NAOMI SHIHAB NYE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Maybe a wasp will sting my throat again
Last Line: We get it back.
Subject(s): Happiness; Hope; Joy; Delight; Optimism


ENTRE NOUS, by ROBERT CREELEY    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: If I can't hope then the hell with it
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


EPIGRAM: 42, by THOMAS WYATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O miserable sorrow withouten cure!
Last Line: As was my pleasure when she was present.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Subject(s): Grief; Hope; Voices; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


ESTHER: 39, by WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: And so we went our way, - yes, hand in hand
Subject(s): Togetherness; Hope; Optimism


EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT, by DEREK MAHON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How should I not be glad to contemplate
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Optimism


EXPECTATION, by ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The king's three daughters stood on ... Terrace
Last Line: "is the loneliest depth of human pain."
Alternate Author Name(s): Berwick, Mary
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Hope; Life; Pain; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


FABLES: 1ST SER. 27. THE SICK MAN AND THE ANGEL, by JOHN GAY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Is there no hope? The sick man said
Last Line: Then why such haste? So groan'd and dy'd.
Subject(s): Angels; Hope; Sickness; Optimism; Illness


FAIR SINKS THE SUMMER EVENING NOW, by EMILY JANE BRONTE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Bell, Ellis
Subject(s): Grief; Hope; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


FAITH, HOPE, CHARITY, by GIOVANNI BATTISTA GUARINI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Let those who low delights to earth are given
Last Line: Shall sing like winged cherubim.
Subject(s): Charity; Faith; Hope; Philanthropy; Belief; Creed; Optimism


FALLEN, by HELEN FIELD WATSON    Poem Text            
First Line: Another idol toppled from its place
Last Line: Nor admire.
Subject(s): Hope; Idols; Optimism


FAMOUS NIGHT, by ODYSSEUS ALEPOUDELI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: ...By the terraces, near the musical complaint of your hand's
Last Line: And night is kneaded by the goodness of stars.
Alternate Author Name(s): Elytis, Odysseus; Elytis, Odysseas; Alepudelis, Odisseus
Subject(s): Beauty; Hope; Poetry & Poets; Optimism


FOR WE ARE A PART, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The beautiful days slip by
Last Line: Revisits us once more.
Subject(s): Death; Faith; Hope; Love; Dead, The; Belief; Creed; Optimism


FORGET IT, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: If you see a tall fellow ahead of the crowd
Last Line: It's a pretty good plan to forget it
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


FORSAKEN, by WILLIAM STEWARD GORDON    Poem Text            
First Line: My heart is far too sad to sing
Last Line: A galling grief.
Subject(s): Hearts; Hope; Love - Complaints; Optimism


FRAGMENT, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I have done with hope
Last Line: But mine own crown tomorrow morn:
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Hope; Silence; Optimism


FRAGMENTS INTENDED FOR DEATH'S JEST-BOOK: SACRIFICE SELF-COMPENSATED, by THOMAS LOVELL BEDDOES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: True I have had much comfort gazing on thee
Last Line: That greater happiness will thence arise.
Subject(s): Birth; Death; Hope; Love; Sacrifices; Child Birth; Midwifery; Dead, The; Optimism


FRIENDSHIP AND HOPE, by FREDERICK WILLIAM HENRY MYERS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Living and loved and delicate and lowly
Last Line: Safe in the fellowship of friend and friend.
Alternate Author Name(s): Myers, Frederic
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


FUNERAL OF MAZEEN; THE LAST OF THE ... MOHEGAN NATION, by LYDIA HUNTLEY SIGOURNEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Mid the trodden turf is an open grave
Last Line: And plead for your pale-brow'd brother's guilt.
Subject(s): Funerals; Hope; Native Americans; Sin; Soul; Burials; Optimism; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


GEO-BESTIARY: 30, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How much better these actual dreams
Last Line: He's never heard except in the pulse of dreams.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Dreams; Hope; Nightmares; Optimism


GET A TRANSFER, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: If you are on the gloomy line
Last Line: That lands you at the station hope -- / get a transfer!
Subject(s): Hope;worry; Optimism


GHOSTS, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There are ghosts in the room
Last Line: In each shadowy corner there lurketh a ghost.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Death; Ghosts; Happiness; Hope; Life; Love; Supernatural; Dead, The; Joy; Delight; Optimism


GOING SOFTLY, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: She makes no moan above her faded flowers
Last Line: "she creeps, who must go softly all her days"
Subject(s): Flowers;happiness;hope; Joy;delight;optimism


GOOD HOPE, by RALPH WALDO EMERSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The cup of life is not so shallow
Last Line: Than angelo released.
Subject(s): Hope; Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564); Optimism


GOOD INTENTIONS; SONNET, by RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fair thoughts of good, and fantasies as fair!
Last Line: And leave the world small space to nourish weeds of crime.
Alternate Author Name(s): Houghton, 1st Baron; Houghton, Lord
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


GREEK AND CHRISTIAN, by JAMES HERVEY HYSLOP    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis neither wealth nor youth nor beauty fair
Last Line: But all the deeper graces of the soul.
Subject(s): Beauty; Hope; Soul; Optimism


GREEK SPRING; MARCH, ATHENS, 1913, by RHYS CARPENTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Rainbows, rainbows! O fantastic vision
Last Line: Or is it the snows again?
Subject(s): Greece; Hope; Rainbows; Spring; Winter; Greeks; Optimism


HAG RIDING, by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Why / is what I ask myself
Last Line: I ride I ride
Subject(s): Africa; Hope; Life; Self-satisfaction; Optimism


HATIKVAH-A SONG OF HOPE, by NAPHTALI HERZ IMBER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O while within a jewish breast
Last Line: "with israel's last son!""—"
Alternate Author Name(s): Imber, Naftali Herts
Subject(s): Hope; Jews; Zionism; Optimism; Judaism


HEROIC LOVE, by GEORGE WILLIAM RUSSELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When our glowing dreams were dead
Last Line: "love can never be till then."
Alternate Author Name(s): A. E.
Subject(s): Dreams; Heroism; Hope; Love - Loss Of; Nightmares; Heroes; Heroines; Optimism


HIGH HOPES, by NAOMI SHIHAB NYE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It wasn't that they were so
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by ABBATI    Poem Text            
First Line: Grieve no more, mortals, dry your eyes
Last Line: Sure he that lives on hope, feeds like an ass.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by JOSEPH BEAUMONT    Poem Text            
First Line: Yet still bear up: no bark did e'r
Last Line: For hope, is every thing which she is not.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by EMILY JANE BRONTE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope was but a timid friend
Last Line: Went - and ne'er returned again!
Alternate Author Name(s): Bell, Ellis
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by ARTHUR HUGH CLOUGH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope evermore and believe, o man, for e'en as thy thought
Last Line: Nevertheless it is good, though there is better than it.
Subject(s): Courage; Hope; Religion; Valor; Bravery; Optimism; Theology


HOPE, by ELIZA COOK    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a star that cheers our way
Last Line: A thing all sad and desolate!
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ask what is human life - the sage replies
Last Line: Repays their work--the gleaning only mine.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by THOMAS DEL VECCHIO    Poem Text            
First Line: Hope in this day of ruin
Last Line: Grown cold beyond entreaty.
Subject(s): Birds; Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by ANNA PEYRE DINNIES    Poem Text            
First Line: In life's young morn, with buds and flowers
Last Line: To endless peace in heaven!
Alternate Author Name(s): Shackleford, Anna Peyre
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by JOSEPH RODMAN DRAKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: See through yon cloud that rolls in wrath
Last Line: Will smile amid affliction's night.
Alternate Author Name(s): Croaker
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: De dog go howlin' 'long de road
Last Line: I see huh windah light at las'.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by MARTHA J. HADLEY    Poem Text            
First Line: When the dark shadows fall
Last Line: As heretofore.
Subject(s): Hope; Justice; Truth; Optimism


HOPE, by BELLE RICHARDSON HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When all the world is dark and drear
Last Line: The sunshine sifts like grains of gold.
Subject(s): Hope; Weariness; Optimism; Fatigue


HOPE, by FRANCES RIDLEY HAVERGAL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What though the blossom fall and die
Last Line: Till thou his glory see.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by GEORGE HERBERT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I gave to hope a watch of mine: but he
Last Line: I did expect a ring.
Subject(s): Bible; Hope; Religion; Optimism; Theology


HOPE, by THOMAS KIBBLE HERVEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Again - again she comes! Methinks I hear
Last Line: And heaven's flowers -- the stars -- are at her feet.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by WARREN HOLDEN    Poem Text            
First Line: Illusive hope, though oft deceived by thee
Last Line: When we may walk in heaven's transcendent light.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by KEN HUGHES    Poem Text            
First Line: As I looked into the sea
Last Line: There were the stars as before.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by RANDALL JARRELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The spirit killeth, but the letter giveth life
Last Line: A step is on the stairs
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by HERBERT KAUFMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I heard the wails of grief and shame
Last Line: And set the heaven with fresh stars.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by MARY TUCKER LAMBERT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As shines the sunbeam through dark clouds
Last Line: Hope, hope revives them in the sky.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tucker, Mary Eliza Perine
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by LETITIA ELIZABETH LANDON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Is not the lark companion of the spring?
Last Line: Sweet as the tender myrtle.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by JOHN LANGHORNE    Poem Text            
First Line: Sun of the soul! Whose cheerful ray
Last Line: Till thy fair lamp dissolve in endless day.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by EMMA LAZARUS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Her languid pulses thrill with sudden hope
Last Line: She bows her head, and bides the certain dawn.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by WINIFRED LUCAS    Poem Text            
First Line: Hope that is blindfold is not blind
Last Line: The veiling of the sun.
Alternate Author Name(s): Le Bailly, Mrs.
Subject(s): Hope; Time; Optimism


HOPE, by CECIL R. MARTIN    Poem Text            
First Line: The somber haze cannot for long conceal
Last Line: Then face about to wait the hasting day.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by CINCINNATUS HEINE MILLER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What song is well sung not of sorrow?
Last Line: For a god was the price of the world.
Alternate Author Name(s): Miller, Joaquin
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by THOMAS STURGE MOORE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope is a dream dreamed by the mummied past
Last Line: Blind love and left unfound the path he missed.
Alternate Author Name(s): Moore, T. Sturge
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by LISEL MUELLER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It hovers in dark corners
Alternate Author Name(s): Muller, Lisel
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by JOHN HENRY NEWMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We are not children of a guilty sire
Last Line: We shall mount up to eden's long-lost gate.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by DOLLIE CAROLINE MAITLAND RADFORD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As still as a shadow falling
Last Line: With threads that are strong as steel.
Alternate Author Name(s): Radford, Ernest, Mrs.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by CAROLYN RENFREW    Poem Text            
First Line: I am the sun within whose warmth and light
Last Line: And with my rainbows bridge the gulf of death.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope, bending o'er me one time, snowed the flakes
Last Line: "what makes my little girl so sad to-night?"
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Dreams; Hope; Kisses; Nightmares; Optimism


HOPE, by ABRAM JOSEPH RYAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thine eyes are dim
Last Line: Into his arms -- and rest.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by KAY RYAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by ERNESTINE RENEE (WHITE) SELLIER    Poem Text            
First Line: My days are tempered by your smile
Last Line: My heart this rapture deep allows.
Subject(s): Happiness; Hope; Joy; Delight; Optimism


HOPE, by L. GEORGIA TATE    Poem Text            
First Line: Close-fitting fog / that drifts into the soul
Last Line: There is light in the east.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE, by HORTENSE DRUCKER WAGAR    Poem Text            
First Line: Have you wished for summer sun
Last Line: Takes the place of that which dies.
Subject(s): Hope; Winter; Optimism


HOPE, by AUGUSTA DAVIES WEBSTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope, only hope, for hope I wildly call
Last Line: Than in a flattered waking dream remain.
Alternate Author Name(s): Home, Cecil; Webster, Mrs. Julia Augusta
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE (1), by EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope is the thing with feathers
Last Line: It asked a crumb of me.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE (1), by GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Frail children of sorrow, dethroned by a hue
Last Line: And each has his hour—to dwell in the sun!
Alternate Author Name(s): Tremaine, John
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE (2), by EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope is a subtle glutton
Last Line: The same amounts remain.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE AND DESPAIR, by LASCELLES ABERCROMBIE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Said god, 'you sisters, ere ye go'
Last Line: Which think ye lookt the more fair?
Subject(s): Despair; Hope; Optimism


HOPE AND DESPAIR, by EDNA DEAN PROCTOR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Clouds, dark and lowering, hid the sky
Last Line: Brave-hearted hope the shine.
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Subject(s): Despair; Hope; Optimism


HOPE AND FEAR, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Beneath the shadow of dawn's aerial cope
Last Line: "hope thou not much, and fear thou not at all."
Subject(s): Fear; Hope; Youth; Optimism


HOPE AND LOVE, by LETITIA ELIZABETH LANDON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The sun was setting o'er the sea
Last Line: Or hope grow cold, or love forget!
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Optimism


HOPE AND TIME, by SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the great city rear'd, my fancy rude
Last Line: And knows not whether he is first or last.
Subject(s): Fables; Hope; Poetry & Poets; Time; Youth; Allegories; Optimism


HOPE BENEATH THE WATERS, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I cannot mount to heaven beneath this ban
Last Line: Grow best from bruises, hope from anguish springs.'
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE DEFERRED, by LOUISA SARAH BEVINGTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I've closed my book of hope, love
Last Line: I think you'll understand.
Alternate Author Name(s): Leigh, Arbor; Guggenberger, Mrs. Ignatz; Bevington, L. S.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE DEFERRED, by THOMAS OSBORNE DAVIS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis long since we were forced to part, at least it seems so to my grief
Last Line: How long you're coming -- I am dying -- will you not come soon?
Subject(s): Absence; Hope; Separation; Isolation; Optimism


HOPE DEFERRED, by EDMUND WILLIAM GOSSE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Faint lines of gray are in that hair
Last Line: One thrill before the nerves decay.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE DEFERRED, by LEWIS MORRIS (1833-1907)    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, snows so pure! Oh, peaks so high!
Last Line: I shall not reach you till I die!
Subject(s): Adventure And Adventurers; Hope; Snow; Optimism


HOPE HEARTENS, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: None goes to warfare, but with this intent
Last Line: The gaines must dead the feare of detriment.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE IN FAILURE, by GEORGE WILLIAM RUSSELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Though now thou hast failed and art fallen
Last Line: The heart of whose shining is bright with the light of the ancient of days.
Alternate Author Name(s): A. E.
Subject(s): Failure; Hope; Optimism


HOPE IN GRIEF, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tell me not that death of grief
Last Line: And surely will uprise the day.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Hope; Life; Tears; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


HOPE IS NOT FOR THE WISE, by ROBINSON JEFFERS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope is not for the wise, fear is for fools;
Last Line: Had perished utterly, oh perfect loveliness of earth and heaven
Subject(s): Hope; Wisdom; Beauty; Optimism


HOPE PREFERRED, by LOUISA SARAH BEVINGTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Say, what is kindlier than snow
Last Line: Ere love's first word be spoken.
Alternate Author Name(s): Leigh, Arbor; Guggenberger, Mrs. Ignatz; Bevington, L. S.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE'S YEARNINGS, by HORACE SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How sweet it is, when wearied with the jars
Last Line: To realise the aspirings of the soul.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Horatio
Subject(s): Earth; Faith; Heaven; Hope; Nature; Soul; World; Belief; Creed; Paradise; Optimism


HOPE, FAITH, LOVE, by JOHANN CHRISTOPH FRIEDRICH VON SCHILLER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There are three lessons I would write
Last Line: Thy charities on all.
Alternate Author Name(s): Schiller, Friedrich Von
Variant Title(s): Words Of Strength;three Words Of Strenth
Subject(s): Faith; Hope; Love; Belief; Creed; Optimism


HOPE; A RONDEAU, by CHARLOTTE SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Just like hope is yonder bow
Last Line: Glows with hope.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE; PINDARIC ODE, by CHARLES COTTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope, thou darling, and delight
Last Line: Never again to hope for anything but heaven.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPEFUL, by DAVID BROMIGE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How meet your eyes
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPELESS, by GRACE DENIO LITCHFIELD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There lay a soul in mortal pain
Last Line: She 'll die amain, he said.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPES, by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tho' day by day old hopes depart
Last Line: And forward-looking eyes.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Subject(s): Courage; Hope; Valor; Bravery; Optimism


HOPING, by PEARL G. DOLLEAR    Poem Text            
First Line: I sit by the window and watch and wait
Last Line: And safe for another day!
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPING AGAINST HOPE, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If he would come today, today, today
Last Line: But sleep on all the same.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Variant Title(s): If
Subject(s): Death; Graves; Hope; Love; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones; Optimism


HOUSE OF HOPE, by GEORGIA MACSENTRE STAMPER    Poem Text            
First Line: Still keep my eyes fast-blinded to the end
Last Line: And I shall live in love and sweet content.
Subject(s): Hope; Houses; Optimism


HUMAN PLEASURE OR PAIN, by MATILDA BARBARA BETHAM-EDWARDS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When clouds and rain deform the sky
Last Line: Her mantle over the tomb.
Alternate Author Name(s): Betham, Mary Matilda; Edwards, Matilda B.; Edwards, B. M.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HUMILITY, by JAMES MONTGOMERY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The bird that soars on highest wing
Last Line: The footstool of humility.
Alternate Author Name(s): The Common Lot
Subject(s): Hope; Humility; Optimism


HUNTING, HOPING, FINDING, by JAMES LARKIN    Poem Text            
First Line: The room is dark, the air is heavy
Last Line: And I'll go west with the rest.
Subject(s): Despair; Dreams; Hope; Love; Nightmares; Optimism


I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT HOPE', by CESAR VALLEJO    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I do not feel this suffering as cesar vallejo. I am not
Last Line: Today I am in pain, no matter what happens. Today I am simply in pain
Subject(s): Hope; Hunger; Poetry & Poets; Vallejo, Cesar (1892-1917); Optimism


I OWN A STAR, by J. W. HAND    Poem Text            
First Line: All day long on a white hospital cot
Last Line: Will the light of it fade nor the hope it will give.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


I SHALL NOT DIE, by JOSEPH SEAMON COTTER JR.    Poem Text            
First Line: Never shall I die
Last Line: And faith-embraced my soul shall lie.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


I SING OF CHANGE, by NIYI OSUNDARE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I sing / of the beauty of athens
Subject(s): Change; Hope; Human Rights; Singing & Singers; Optimism; Songs


IMMOLATED, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Children of my happier prime
Last Line: Snugged in the arms of comfortable night.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


IN BLOOD'S DOMAIN (PASSAGES), by ROBERT DUNCAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The angel syphilis in the circle of signators -- looses its hosts -- to swarm
Last Line: My own counterpart of baudelaire's terrible ennuie?
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


IN MEMORIAM A.H.H.: 30, by ALFRED TENNYSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: With trembling fingers did we weave
Last Line: The light that shone when hope was born.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tennyson, Lord Alfred; Tennyson, 1st Baron; Tennyson Of Aldworth And Farringford, Baron
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


IN MEMORIAM A.H.H.: 54, by ALFRED TENNYSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh yet we trust that somehow good
Last Line: And with no language but a cry.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tennyson, Lord Alfred; Tennyson, 1st Baron; Tennyson Of Aldworth And Farringford, Baron
Variant Title(s): Trust
Subject(s): Faith; Hope; Religion; Worship; Belief; Creed; Optimism; Theology


IN MEMORY OF AURELIO SAFFI, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The wider world of men that is not ours
Last Line: April 1890.
Subject(s): Death; Hope; Love; Memory; Dead, The; Optimism


IN PASSING, by TED KOOSER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: From a half block off I see you coming,
Subject(s): Hope; Identity; Memory; Optimism


IN PRAISE OF HOPE, by ABRAHAM COWLEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope, of all ills that men endure
Last Line: To which all soon returne that travaile out.
Variant Title(s): For Hope
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


IN THE STRAND, by LEWIS MORRIS (1833-1907)    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the midst of the busy and roaring strand
Last Line: It preaches its mystical promise of life.
Subject(s): Graves; Hope; Strand, London; Tombs; Tombstones; Optimism


IN THE TIME OF FALSE MESSIAHS; CIRCA 1648, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He sat in the shade of trees at moonrise
Last Line: Everywhere below him there was hope.
Subject(s): Clergy; Famine; Hope; Poland; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops; Optimism


IN VINCULIS; SONNETS WRITTEN IN AN IRISH PRISON: A DREAM OF GOOD, by WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To do some little good before I die
Last Line: Scorned by the proud but with the poor at peace.
Subject(s): Hope; Prisons & Prisoners; Time; Optimism; Convicts


INVITED GUESTS, by FRANCES EKIN ALLISON    Poem Text            
First Line: A crowd of troubles passed him by
Last Line: "we go — where we're expected."
Subject(s): Courage; Guests; Hope; Valor; Bravery; Visiting; Optimism


IS IT DONE?, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is done! In the fire's fitful flashes
Last Line: Will dream they are playing their parts.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Dreams; Fire; Happiness; Hearts; Hope; Kisses; Pain; Nightmares; Joy; Delight; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


IT IS THE FOLLOWING, by RUTH KNOWLES    Poem Text            
First Line: No doubt it is the greater honor to the
Last Line: Not back into the ark again with somewhere land ahead.
Subject(s): Grief; Hope; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


JOHNNY RIGHT, by ALICE CARY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Johnny right, his hand was brown
Last Line: Her own self had evoked her fate.
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Human Behavior; Optimism; Pessimism; Fate; Alcoholism & Alcoholics


KNOWLEDGE, by JOHN COWPER POWYS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The wild swan over the marshes knows
Last Line: Across the glaciers of eternity!
Subject(s): Birds; Future Life; Happiness; Hawks; Hope; Knowledge; Owls; Retribution; Eternity; After Life; Joy; Delight; Optimism


LA DAME REVOLUTION, by OLIVE TILFORD DARGAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Red was the might that sired thee
Last Line: Waits man, the undefiled.
Alternate Author Name(s): Burke, Fielding
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Peace; Optimism


LAST EVE, by DORA SIGERSON SHORTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Last eve as I leaned from my lattice, looked out / at the night
Last Line: Let go! Get back to your graves, you have fought and have failed.
Alternate Author Name(s): Sigerson, Dora; Shorter, Mrs. Clement
Subject(s): Dreams; Hope; Nightmares; Optimism


LEAN DOWN, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lean down and lift me higher, josephine!
Last Line: And lean, and lift me higher.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Hope; Life; Soul; Youth; Optimism


LIBERTY; NEW CASTLE, 1878, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: For a hundred years the pulse of time
Last Line: Lights up thy first abiding place.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Freedom; Hope; U.s. - Centennial Celebrations; War; Liberty; Optimism


LIFE, by CHARLOTTE BRONTE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Life, believe, is not a dream
Last Line: Can courage quell despair!
Alternate Author Name(s): Bell, Currer
Variant Title(s): Good Cheer
Subject(s): Hope; Life; Optimism


LIFE, by ANGELO DE PONCIANA    Poem Text            
First Line: Have you ever sat by the railroad track
Last Line: -- just emptys cuming back.
Variant Title(s): Empties Coming Back
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


LIFE AND HOPE, by JAMES HERVEY HYSLOP    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The poet, seer, philosopher, or friend
Last Line: Far off events beyond the gates of death.
Subject(s): Death; Hope; Life; Love; Dead, The; Optimism


LIGHT, by ALICE CARY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Be not much troubled about many things
Last Line: Be it thy task, through his good grace, to win it.
Subject(s): God; Optimism


LIGHTS THROUGH THE MIST, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Some for the sadness and sweetness of far evening bells
Last Line: Lights through the mist!
Subject(s): Comfort; Evening; God; Grief; Hope; Light; Mist; Sunset; Twilight; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


LIMITATIONS, by MARCUS S. C. RICKARDS    Poem Text            
First Line: Thou cravest sympathy yet never think
Last Line: How much I dwarfed and wronged thy nature here below!
Subject(s): Earth; Hope; Sympathy; Truth; World; Optimism; Empathy


LINES FROM A NOTEBOOK - MARCH 1810, by SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When hope but made tranquillity be felt
Last Line: Fann'd the calm air upon the brow of toil --
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Little orphant annie's come to our house to stay
Last Line: Out!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Variant Title(s): The Elf Child
Subject(s): Children; Fairies; Halloween; Hope; Nostalgia; Childhood; Elves; Optimism


LITTLE SISTER, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I know a girl of presence fresh and fair
Last Line: Making her saintly, while they make her dear.
Subject(s): Hearts; Hope; Pain; Sin; Sisters; Soul; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


LOST, by ANDREW BARTON PATERSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He ought to be home, said the old man, without there's / something amiss
Last Line: Was an angel smile of gladness -- she had found her boy at last.
Alternate Author Name(s): Paterson, 'banjo'
Subject(s): Eyes; Hope; Smiles; Optimism


LOVE AND HOPE, by FRANCIS BROOKS    Poem Text            
First Line: My hope sprang like a fountain, in the night
Last Line: My soul, and all my fears and doubts dismiss.
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Soul; Optimism


LOVE AND HOPE, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Love for ever dwells in heaven
Last Line: For perfect love, and perfect bliss, shall be our lot on high.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Hope; Love - Nature Of; Optimism


LOVE'S CONQUERING, by PIERRE DE RONSARD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If 't please you see how love's might overcame
Last Line: To choose a child for lord; for guide, the blind.
Subject(s): Hearts; Hope; Love; Wind; Youth; Optimism


LOVE'S VICISSITUDES, by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As love and hope together
Last Line: The sweetest pipe of all.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Travel; Optimism; Journeys; Trips


LOVE, HOPE, AND BEAUTY, by LETITIA ELIZABETH LANDON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Love may be increased by fears
Last Line: For without hope it dies.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Beauty; Hope; Love - Nature Of; Optimism


LOVE, HOPE, DESIRE AND FEAR, by PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: And many there were hurt by that strong boy
Last Line: Ever will be near.
Subject(s): Desire; Fear; Hope; Love; Pleasure; Optimism


LOVERS AT THE LAKE SIDE, by JEAN INGELOW    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: And you brought him home? I did, ay ronald, it rested with me
Last Line: Laura! But give me my troth kiss again.' 'and give me my ring.'
Subject(s): Hope; Kisses; Lakes; Life; Love; Optimism; Pools; Ponds


MAN, by JAMES GORDON BROOKS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: His heart beat joyously in spring
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Time; Hope; Optimism


MARAH, by EDWARD L. PONTZ    Poem Text            
First Line: To the fresh vision of the charmed child
Last Line: They give mankind to endure the present hour!
Subject(s): Hope; Memory; Optimism


MARY, MY HEART, by JAMES RYDER RANDALL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Mary, my heart - because my heart is thine!
Last Line: Heart, love, hope, soul, and universe to me!
Subject(s): Hearts; Hope; Love; Optimism


MAURINE: PART 5, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A visit to a cave some miles away
Last Line: E'en to the dregs, this bitter cup of pain.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Caves; Hope; Love; Pain; Caverns; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


MAURINE: PART 7, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: With much hard labor and some pleasure fraught
Last Line: Gazing upon us from the mystic shore.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Soul; Summer; Tears; Women; Optimism


MEETING (2), by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I said goodbye in hope
Last Line: But it is past.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Death; Graves; Hope; Life; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones; Optimism


MELHILL FEAST, by WILLIAM BARNES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Aye there, at the feast, by melhill's brow
Last Line: Moon upon moon, an' year by year.
Subject(s): Country Life; Feasts; Festivals; Hope; Love; Marriage; Time; Fairs; Pageants; Optimism; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MEMORY AND HOPE, by ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Back-looking memory
Last Line: To 'reach the things before.'
Subject(s): Memory; Hope; Dreams; Optimism; Nightmares


MEMORY AND HOPE, by GEORGE LUNT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Memory has a sister fair
Last Line: Hopeful future,—lovely past.
Subject(s): Future; Hope; Memory; Past; Optimism


METRICAL LETTER; WRITTEN FROM LONDON, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Margaret! My cousin, -- nay you must not smile
Last Line: To find in heaven the things I loved on earth.
Subject(s): Courtship; Cousins; Desire; Freedom; Hope; Letters; Liberty; Optimism


MORNING, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text            
First Line: The star of hope doth light the way
Last Line: To those whose crowns are won.
Subject(s): Hope; Light; Morning; Victory; Optimism


MY DREAM OF THE NEW YEAR, by OLIVA WARD BUSH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Through the waning hours of moments
Last Line: Brightening up my glad new year.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bush-banks, Oliva Ward
Subject(s): Faith; Holidays; Hope; New Year; Belief; Creed; Optimism


MY GARDEN OF BLIGHTED HOPES, by CHARLES LOUIS HENRY WAGNER    Poem Text            
First Line: I sowed in the hours of life's morning
Last Line: In my garden of blighted hopes.
Subject(s): Death; Failure; Hope; Life; Dead, The; Optimism


MY HOPES, by CLINTON SCOLLARD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My hopes are all like argent strands
Last Line: And hold them to my heart.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


NEVER AGAIN, by ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Never again!' vow hearts when reunited
Last Line: "never, never again, never again!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Berwick, Mary
Subject(s): Hearts; Hope; Love; Soul; Optimism


NEW BODY, by JANE MILLER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a sort of eternity
Last Line: Love scratched out of sky, o my visitor.
Subject(s): Future Life; Hope; Love - Beginnings; Retribution; Eternity; After Life; Optimism


NOCTURNE, by JEANNE LOUISE FRESE    Poem Text            
First Line: In silent ecstasy the moon showers her silver rays to earth
Last Line: Resting in anticipation of tomorrow.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


NOT WISELY, NOR TOO WELL, by MARCUS S. C. RICKARDS    Poem Text            
First Line: So thou, unmindful of the past
Last Line: Thy mission is to bless thy kind.
Subject(s): Hearts; Hope; Love; Past; Optimism


ODE ON PROCLAMATION OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: With songs and crying and sound of acclamations
Last Line: The cry thou gavest at heart was only of delight.
Subject(s): France; Hope; Lament; Light; Nations; War; Optimism


ODE TO A REDBREAST, by MARCUS S. C. RICKARDS    Poem Text            
First Line: The darling thou of many a heart
Last Line: "thy glancing heaven may show!"
Subject(s): Death; Faith; Hope; Nature; Dead, The; Belief; Creed; Optimism


ODE TO HOPE, by JAMES BEATTIE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O thou, who gladd'st the pensive soul
Last Line: "in rapture too severe for weak mortality."
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


ODE TO HOPE, by JANE BOWDLER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Friend to the wretch whose bosom knows no joy!
Last Line: And never-fading joy in heaven's full glories reign.
Subject(s): Happiness; Hope; Strength; Joy; Delight; Optimism


ODE TO ILLUSIONS, by JESSICA JEUNE CARTER    Poem Text            
First Line: Bewildered, groping - though I try
Last Line: The tender roots of hope and trust.
Subject(s): Hallucinations & Illusions; Hope; Trust; Optimism


OH, THE WATER, by DORIANNE LAUX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You are the hero of this poem
Subject(s): Courage; Hope; Poetry & Poets; Women; Valor; Bravery; Optimism


OLD DOMINION, by ROBERT HASS    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: The shadows of late afternoon and the odors
Subject(s): Chekhov, Anton (1860-1904); Hope; Jarrell, Randall (1914-1965); Tennis; Optimism


OLIVE, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Who may praise her?
Last Line: She remembers.
Subject(s): Beauty; Hope; Love; Praise; Optimism


ON A DRAWING OF THE CRUCIFIXION STILL VISIBLE ON A DUNGEON WALL, by ROWLAND EYLES EGERTON-WARBURTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Where, lake reflected, chillon's turrets shine
Last Line: Hope pointed heavenward to his home above.
Alternate Author Name(s): Egerton-warburton, R. E.
Subject(s): Crucifixion; Drawing; Hope; Jesus Christ; Prisons & Prisoners; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion; Optimism; Convicts


ON A PICTURE, by JEAN INGELOW    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As a forlorn soul waiting by the styx
Last Line: He stands at fault for joy, she whispering 'ay.'
Subject(s): Death; Hope; Life; Love; Rivers; Soul; Dead, The; Optimism


ON HEAVENLY AND EARTHLY HOPE, by REGINALD HEBER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Reflected on the lake, I love
Last Line: As false and fleeting as 'tis fair.
Subject(s): Earth; Heaven; Hope; World; Paradise; Optimism


ON THE BENEFACTIONS IN THE LATE FROST, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, 'tis the time! I cry'd, impose the chain!
Last Line: To take the only way to be forgiven.
Variant Title(s): Epigram Explained By Carruthers To Refer To The Large Sums
Subject(s): Charity; Forgiveness; Hope; Sin; Philanthropy; Clemency; Optimism


OPTIMISM, by I. Z. JOSEPHSON    Poem Text            
First Line: The rose is hid by prickly thorn
Last Line: And joy is found in sorrow's train.
Subject(s): Hope; Jews; Optimism; Judaism


OPTIMISM, by NEWTON MACKINTOSH    Poem Text            
First Line: Be brave, faint heart
Last Line: Be brave, faint heart!
Subject(s): Courage; Hearts; Hope; Life; Valor; Bravery; Optimism


OPTIMISM, by MOLLY PEACOCK    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A freak spring snow storm made us take the old
Subject(s): Storms; Optimism


OPTIMIST, by JAMES STEPHENS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: All ye that labour! Every broken man
Last Line: Through courage, truth, and kindness, back to hope.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


OPTIMIST AND PESSIMIST, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The right will triumph,' jones declared
Last Line: "it's what a fellow does."
Subject(s): Hope; Pessimism; War Bonds; Optimism


ORDER FOR A SONG, by MIRIAM DEL BANCO    Poem Text            
First Line: Out of the fullness of your warm heart
Last Line: And softly melt into heaven's hymn.
Subject(s): Hope; Hymns (as Literary Form); Melodies; Music & Musicians; Optimism


ORGAN SONGS: A CHRISTMAS CAROL FOR 1862, by GEORGE MACDONALD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The skies are pale, the trees are stiff
Last Line: Will soon be driven out.
Subject(s): Birth; Christmas; Despair; Hope; Jesus Christ; Child Birth; Midwifery; Nativity, The; Optimism


ORGAN SONGS: GOD; NOT GIFT, by GEORGE MACDONALD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Gray clouds my heaven have covered o'er
Last Line: And all the world may sleep for me!
Subject(s): Faith; God; Hope; Nature; Belief; Creed; Optimism


ORGAN SONGS: THE CHILDREN'S HEAVEN, by GEORGE MACDONALD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The infant lies in blessed ease
Last Line: And bid them dream again.
Subject(s): Children; Heaven; Hope; Innocence; Jesus Christ; Childhood; Paradise; Optimism


ORGAN SONGS: TO A. J. SCOTT, by GEORGE MACDONALD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I walked all night: the darkness did not yield
Last Line: Yet hear æolian sighs from thin chords blown?
Subject(s): Christianity; Churches; Dawn; Hope; Cathedrals; Sunrise; Optimism


OUT OF DISCONTENT, by GLENNYS RIVOLA    Poem Text            
First Line: Somewhere, I know, is peace for weary eyes
Last Line: Distill our griefs to dissipate our fears.
Subject(s): Grief; Hope; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


OUT OF THE SHADOWS: AN UNFINISHED SONNET-SEQUENCE 18, by JOSEPH SEAMON COTTER JR.    Poem Text            
First Line: Remembered is your every trick of speech
Last Line: The splendored joy of love in faith enshrined.
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Optimism


PAST SORROWS, by CHRISTOPHER PEARSE CRANCH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As tangled driftwood barring up a stream
Last Line: Forgets the old griefs, and heals their deepest scars.
Subject(s): Grief; Hope; Islands; Life; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


PATIENCE AND HOPE, by EDWARD GEORGE EARLE LYTTON BULWER-LYTTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Upon a barren steep
Last Line: Of patience nursing hope -- the angel and the child!
Alternate Author Name(s): Bulwer, Edward; Lytton Of Knebworth, 1st Baron; Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer, Lord
Subject(s): Hope; Patience; Optimism


PEASANT, by ALFRED FRANCIS KREYMBORG    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It's the mixture of peasantry
Last Line: That birds descend from.
Subject(s): Birds; Hope; Peasantry; Optimism


PERHAPS TOMORROW, by KAY WELLS    Poem Text            
First Line: Someday - perhaps tomorrow
Last Line: And while remembering, be not wholly sad!
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


PESSIMIST AND OPTIMIST, by THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This one sits shivering in fortune's smile
Last Line: Laughs in the teeth of death.
Subject(s): Pessimism; Optimism


PHILOSOPHY, by JOHN KENDRICK BANGS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If there's no sun, I still can have the moon
Last Line: Where I may sleep and dream there's light again.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hotair, Dopeton
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


POEM FOR THE END OF THE CENTURY, by JOHN HAINES    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: I am the dreamer who remains
Subject(s): Time; Optimism


POETIC EPIGRAMS: 16. TO AN UNTHINKING OPTIMIST, by CALE YOUNG RICE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: On wave or cloud or sand
Last Line: A rainbow's arch will stand.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


POETIC EPIGRAMS: 22. A CRY IN THE DESERT, by CALE YOUNG RICE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: God is no more nor worse
Last Line: Hope sees on the universe.
Subject(s): Deserts; Food & Eating; God; Hope; Optimism


POSTPONED, by JAMES CHRISTIAN LINDBERG    Poem Text            
First Line: God! Did I hear you call? Yesterday? Today?
Last Line: You see, I'm busy, because you made me that way.
Subject(s): Ambition; Death; God; Hope; Learning; Prayer; Dead, The; Optimism


PRAYER, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I do not undertake to say
Last Line: "says ""pray, for prayer availeth much."
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Faith; Heaven; Hope; Life; Prayer; Soul; Belief; Creed; Paradise; Optimism


PROMISE, by GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Through the moil and the gloom they have issued
Last Line: The gleam of a bright morning star!
Alternate Author Name(s): Tremaine, John
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


PSALM: 4, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou witness of my truth sincere
Last Line: From dangers all securely keep.
Subject(s): God; Hearts; Hope; Peace; Religion; Soul; Truth; Optimism; Theology


PSALM: 9, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thee & thy wondrous deeds, o god
Last Line: They been but men of mortall kind.
Subject(s): Fear; God; Grief; Hope; Soul; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


QUERY, by M. HORTENSE YONDORF    Poem Text            
First Line: When our life's pattern we weave
Last Line: To brighter, wider, finer skies.
Subject(s): Hope; Weavers And Weaving; Optimism


RENEWAL, by GLADYS NAOMI ARNOLD    Poem Text            
First Line: When trees renew their life in spring
Last Line: When trees renew their life in spring.
Subject(s): Hope; Spring; Optimism


RENEWAL, by BERNICE LESBIA KENYON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope is renewed in foolish hearts like mine
Last Line: Why in my sullen heart is hope renewed?
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


ROMANCERO: BOOK 2. LAMENTATIONS: LAZARUS. 11. LOST WISHES, by HEINRICH HEINE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Similar in disposition
Last Line: That my inmost heart has enter'd.
Subject(s): Hope; Life; Peace; Wishes; Optimism


RONDEL, by THEOPHILE JULIUS HENRY MARZIALS    Poem Text            
First Line: When I see you my heart sings
Last Line: When I see you!
Alternate Author Name(s): Marzials, Theo; Marzials, Theophile Jules Henri
Subject(s): Birds; Hearts; Hope; Love; Singing & Singers; Optimism


ROSES ANMD SUNSHINE, by EDGAR ALBERT GUEST    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Rough is the road I am journeying now
Last Line: The roses of hope and the sunshine of cheer.
Alternate Author Name(s): Guest, Eddie
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


ROSINA, by EMILY JANE BRONTE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Weeks of wild delirium past
Last Line: Remains a mortal shade!'
Alternate Author Name(s): Bell, Ellis
Subject(s): Love; Hope; Death; Optimism; Dead, The


SAINT PAUL: 7, by FREDERICK WILLIAM HENRY MYERS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah what a hope! And when afar it glistens
Last Line: Suffer with men and like a man be strong.
Alternate Author Name(s): Myers, Frederic
Variant Title(s): Saved By Hope;let Us Have Hope
Subject(s): Hope; Paul, Saint (1st Century); Optimism; Saul Of Tarsus


SALUTE, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We, about to die, salute you kindly
Last Line: We, the elders, hail our brothers young!
Subject(s): Death; Dreams; Hearts; Hope; Love; Sleep; Dead, The; Nightmares; Optimism


SATURN, by JOHN COWPER POWYS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is the place! / no moon, no mist, no sound
Last Line: Oh love --
Subject(s): Death; Devil; Hope; Life; Moon; Planets; Sleep; Wind; Dead, The; Satan; Mephistopheles; Lucifer; Beelzebub; Optimism


SAY NOT, by ARTHUR HUGH CLOUGH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Say not the struggle nought availeth
Last Line: But westward, look, the land is bright.
Variant Title(s): Courage;despondency Rebuked;the Incoming Tide;keeping On;hope
Subject(s): Consolation; Courage; Freedom; Hope; Perseverance; Religion; Valor; Bravery; Liberty; Optimism; Theology


SCENE AT DUSK, by HENRI FRANCOIS JOSEPH DE REGNIER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: On our way to the city of the singing street
Last Line: Shed by an april evening upon lovely hair.
Subject(s): Birds; Dusk; Hope; Love; Optimism


SEA-PICTURES; FAR NIENTE, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Soft languors on the bosom of the deep
Last Line: Between the day and me, and end it all.
Subject(s): Hope; Memory; Sea; Sun; Optimism; Ocean


SELF-REJECTED, by JEAN STARR UNTERMEYER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Plow not nor plant this arid mound
Last Line: Spare your trouble.
Subject(s): Farm Life; Hope; Agriculture; Farmers; Optimism


SEVEN AGES, by JEWELL BOTHWELL TULL    Poem Text            
First Line: Over the dim hill in the twilight
Last Line: For I know it is the beginning.
Subject(s): Disappointment; Dreams; Future Life; Hope; Nightmares; Retribution; Eternity; After Life; Optimism


SHADOWS, by JOHN CLARE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The fairest summer hath its sudden showers
Last Line: O'er ancient ruins, palaces, and graves.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


SMALL BEGINNINGS, by CHARLES MACKAY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A traveller through a dusty road strewed with acorns on the lea
Last Line: Ye were but little at the first, but mighty at the last.
Variant Title(s): Little And [or, But] Great;song Of Life
Subject(s): Hope; Religion; Service; Optimism; Theology


SMILES, by WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The world would rather see hope than just hear
Subject(s): Hope; Statesmen; Optimism


SNOW HOPES, by CHARLES B. NOBLE    Poem Text            
First Line: One day ago the snow was laid
Last Line: And cares and worries banish.
Subject(s): Cold; Hope; Snow; Optimism


SNOWED UNDER, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Of a thousand things that the year snowed under
Last Line: Your mantle of ermine, tell me, pray!
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Death; Dreams; Earth; Hope; Snow; Dead, The; Nightmares; World; Optimism


SOMEHOW OR OTHER, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: Life is a burden to every one's shoulder
Last Line: And somehow or other we get to the end
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


SOMETHING FOR HOPE, by ROBERT FROST    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: At the present rate it must come to pass
Last Line: But spes alii agricolam ‘tis said
Subject(s): Farm Life; Hope; Agriculture; Farmers; Optimism


SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD, by LINDA PASTAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Hope; Luck; Optimism


SONG, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Had I a claim to fame?
Last Line: "he was her lover!"
Subject(s): Hope; Love Affairs; Music & Musicians; Singing & Singers; Optimism; Songs


SONG FROM AN UNFINISHED DRAMA, by WILLIAM WATSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope, the great explorer
Last Line: At death's gate!
Alternate Author Name(s): Watson, John William
Variant Title(s): Song From An Unfinished Play
Subject(s): Death; Hope; Life; Love; Singing & Singers; Dead, The; Optimism


SONG OF HOPE, by THOMAS HARDY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O sweet to-morrow!
Last Line: Shines soon!
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


SONG OF THE ARTESIAN WATER, by ANDREW BARTON PATERSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Now the stock have started dying, for the lord has sent a / drought
Last Line: It is flowing, ever flowing, further down.
Alternate Author Name(s): Paterson, 'banjo'
Subject(s): Earth; Hope; Singing & Singers; Water; World; Optimism


SONG: 17, by THOMAS WYATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: After great storms the calm returns
Last Line: And me also the most happy.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Subject(s): Fortune; Hearts; Hope; Pain; Storms; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


SONG: 59, by THOMAS WYATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Suffering in sorrow, in hope to attain
Last Line: Content to serve and suffer still I must.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Subject(s): Grief; Hope; Love; Pain; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


SONG: 6, by THOMAS WYATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Most wretched heart, most miserable
Last Line: Since unhap cannot kill me so.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Subject(s): Fear; Hearts; Hope; Quarrels; Truth; Optimism; Arguments; Disagreements


SONG: 72, by THOMAS WYATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Alas, fortune, what aileth thee
Last Line: That thou wilt change.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Subject(s): Fortune; Hope; Pain; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


SONG: 75, by THOMAS WYATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Desire to sorrow doth me constrain
Last Line: By patience.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Subject(s): Desire; Grief; Hearts; Hope; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


SONGS OF CAPTIVITY: THE SONG OF HOPE, by FELICIA DOROTHEA HEMANS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Droop not, my brothers! I hear a glad strain
Last Line: Droop not, my brothers! We yet shall be free!
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): Freedom; Hope; Liberty; Optimism


SONGS OF THE DAYS AND NIGHTS: SONGS OF THE AUTUMN DAYS, by GEORGE MACDONALD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We bore him through the golden land
Last Line: Are dreaming of the spring.
Subject(s): Autumn; Corn; Day; Death; Farm Life; Grief; Harvest; Hope; Seasons; Fall; Dead, The; Agriculture; Farmers; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


SONGS OF THE DAYS AND NIGHTS: SONGS OF THE SPRING DAYS, by GEORGE MACDONALD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A gentle wind, of western birth
Last Line: That we desire no more?
Subject(s): Day; God; Happiness; Heaven; Hope; Nature; Spring; Waking; Joy; Delight; Paradise; Optimism


SONGS, SET TO MUSIC BY THE MOST EMINENT MASTERS: 8, by MATTHEW PRIOR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Still, dorinda, I adore
Last Line: I divorce myself for ever.
Subject(s): Duplicity; Fear; Hope; Love; Virtue; Deceit; Optimism


SONNET, by JAMES WELDON JOHNSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My heart be brave, and do not falter so
Last Line: There is a power making for the right
Subject(s): Fortitude; Hope; Morality; Love; Optimism; Ethics


SONNET, by ERON DUNBAR ROWLAND    Poem Text            
First Line: Dear heart, how often did we speak of this
Last Line: The hardihood and courage to go on.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


SONNET TO HOPE, by HELEN MARIA WILLIAMS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, ever skilled to wear the form we love
Last Line: That asks not happiness, but longs for rest!
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


SONNET TO REFLECTION, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hence, busy torturer, wherefore should mine eye
Last Line: In darkness glimmering to disclose a tomb.
Subject(s): Hope; Memory; Regret; Self-pity; Sonnet (as Literary Form); Optimism


SONNET TO THOSE WHO SEE BUT DARKLY, by GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Their gaze uplifting from shoals of despair
Last Line: Charging the ultimate, rending the veil.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tremaine, John
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


SONNET: 42, by THOMAS WYATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Driving to desire, adread also to dare
Last Line: Though double in deeds, a inward perfect man.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Subject(s): Desire; Faith; Fear; Hope; Belief; Creed; Optimism


SONNET: 7. TO THE EVENING RAINBOW, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Mild arch of promise! On the evening sky
Last Line: Anticipates the realm where sorrows cease.
Subject(s): Hope; Rainbows; Sonnet (as Literary Form); Optimism


SONNET: 9. HOPE, by WILLIAM LISLE BOWLES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As one who, by wasting sickness worn
Subject(s): Sickness; Hope; Illness; Optimism


SONNETS WRITTEN TO BOUTS-RIMES: 6, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah welladay and wherefore am I here?
Last Line: Thankful if one would take her by the hand.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Dawn; Hearts; Hope; Thought; Sunrise; Optimism; Thinking


SONNETS: 4. VICTOR HUGO, by NEWMAN HOWARD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: That hour the titan corsican first dared
Last Line: Hope fired all plains and pinnacles of time.
Subject(s): Fate; Hope; Hugo, Victor (1802-1885); Time; Destiny; Optimism


SORROW, by WILLIAM SHARP    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The wrack is lapping in the pools, the sea's lip feels the sand
Last Line: Or with dull thunders plunge from shore to shore.)
Alternate Author Name(s): Macleod, Fiona
Subject(s): Grief; Hope; Prayer; Salvation; Sea; Tides; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism; Ocean


SPERANZA, by JEAN INGELOW    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: England puts on her purple, and pale, pale
Last Line: And every soul of man be satisfied.'
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; England; Hope; Life; Sleep; Wind; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; English; Optimism


SPRING FLOODS, by MAURICE BARING    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You are the first-born crocus of the spring
Subject(s): Spring; Crocuses; Hope; Optimism


STANZAS, by YANNIS PAPADIAMANTOPOULOS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Say not: life is one joyous festival
Last Line: By a young flower's loveliness.
Alternate Author Name(s): Moreas, Jean
Subject(s): Dreams; Hope; Life; Lips; Soul; Nightmares; Optimism


STANZAS, by HORACE SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Why with its ring has the connecting sea
Last Line: And speed its course with zealous heart and hand!
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Horatio
Subject(s): Faith; Hope; Love; Peace; Sea; Belief; Creed; Optimism; Ocean


STANZAS FOR MUSIC (4), by GEORGE GORDON BYRON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: They say that hope is happiness
Last Line: Nor dare we think on what we are.
Alternate Author Name(s): Byron, Lord; Byron, 6th Baron
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


STARLIGHT, by JOSEPH UPPER HARRIS    Poem Text            
First Line: The stars / are numberless
Last Line: Believe in it.
Alternate Author Name(s): Upper, Joseph
Subject(s): Hope; Life; Stars; Optimism


STARS OF HOPE, by ELLA ALLISON    Poem Text            
First Line: The grief that comes to weary lives, alone
Last Line: In stars of hope. They'll shine in pools of grief.
Subject(s): Hope; Stars; Optimism


SUN, by MARIANNE MOORE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: No man may him hyde
Last Line: Multiplied flames, o sun!
Variant Title(s): Fear Is Hope
Subject(s): Fear; Hope; Optimism


SUNDAY AT HAMPSTEAD: 10, by JAMES THOMSON (1834-1882)    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As we rush, as we rush in the train
Last Line: While the earth slips from our feet!
Alternate Author Name(s): B. V.; Bysshe Vanolis
Variant Title(s): In The Train
Subject(s): Hope; Railroads; Optimism; Railways; Trains


SUNG ON A BY-WAY, by GEORGE WILLIAM RUSSELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What of all the will to do
Last Line: Love has found itself the whole.
Alternate Author Name(s): A. E.
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Soul; Truth; Optimism


SUNSHINE AND MUSIC, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: A laugh is just like sunshine
Last Line: For making life sweet
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


TALES OF A WAYSIDE INN: THE FIRST DAY: ROBERT OF SICILY, by HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Robert of sicily, brother of pope urbane
Last Line: Kneeling upon the floor, absorbed in silent prayer.
Variant Title(s): The Sicilian's Tale
Subject(s): Hope; Religion; Optimism; Theology


THE BALLAD OF THE HOPELESS MAN, by HENRI MURGER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Who knocks for entrance at this hour?'
Last Line: "for—so—one friend shall mourn my fate!"
Subject(s): Grief; Hope; Life; Wandering & Wanderers; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


THE BIRD OF HOPE, by CHARLES SWAIN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A golden cage of sunbeams
Last Line: It was hope's golden bird!
Subject(s): Birds; Hope; Optimism


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: JUANITA TINSLEY, by MURIEL RUKEYSER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Even after the letters, there is work,
Subject(s): Hope; Freedom; Optimism; Liberty


THE CASTLE OF TWENTY YEARS HENCE, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm a common young fellow, I don't own a mine
Last Line: Your castle of twenty years hence.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


THE CHRONICLE OF HOPES, by RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I would not chronicle my life
Last Line: Where that sublime succession ends?
Alternate Author Name(s): Houghton, 1st Baron; Houghton, Lord
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


THE COMING OF HOPE, by LYDIA M. WALKER    Poem Text            
First Line: A patch of moonlight glimmered in the / cell
Last Line: That seamed his roughened hands and felt an iron bar.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


THE CONFLICT OF CONVICTIONS, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: On starry heights / a bugle wails the long recall
Last Line: Wisdom is vain, and prophesy.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; Dreams; Hope; Past; United States - History; Wisdom; Dead, The; Nightmares; Optimism


THE CRYSTAL PALACE BAND OF HOPE CHOIR, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Glory shone o'er bethlehem's plains
Last Line: "peace on earth, good will to men."
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Christmas; God; Hope; Singing & Singers; Nativity, The; Optimism; Songs


THE DARKLING THRUSH, by THOMAS HARDY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I leant upon a coppice gate
Last Line: And I was unaware.
Subject(s): Birds; Despair; Hope; Thrushes; Optimism


THE DAWN OF HOPE, by CONSTANCE PESSELS    Poem Text            
First Line: See how the people of israel come trooping
Last Line: Gather again in thy sheltering fold.
Subject(s): Hope; Israel; Jews; Zionism; Optimism; Judaism


THE DAY FULL SPENT, by JEAN HOLMES MINTY    Poem Text            
First Line: I do not count the day full spent
Last Line: Wherein was cause to love and smile.
Subject(s): Day; Happiness; Hope; Life; Joy; Delight; Optimism


THE DIRGE OF THE REPUBLIC (IN MEMORIAM, E. Z.), by WILLIAM SHARP    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the great days men heard afar the clarions of hope rejoice
Last Line: "to be true men, and free, ""beneath the shadow of a crown""!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Macleod, Fiona
Subject(s): Death; Hope; Pain; Dead, The; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


THE DOOR AJAR, by RICHARD THOMAS LE GALLIENNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My door is always left ajar
Last Line: Then vanish into flame.
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Optimism


THE DRONE, by HERBERT KAUFMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: God wrought you to produce the seed
Last Line: As though you fairly served the hive!
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


THE END OF TIME, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou who art dreary
Last Line: And soon must end the night, and soon must dawn the day.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Death; Fear; Hope; Time; Youth; Dead, The; Optimism


THE ENDURING, by JOHN GOULD FLETCHER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If the autumn ended
Last Line: Over the hill.
Subject(s): Autumn; Hope; Life; Seasons; Fall; Optimism


THE EVERLASTING BATTLE, by GEORGE WILLIAM RUSSELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When in my shadowy hours I pierce the
Last Line: I am of dana's race divine and know I am immortal still.
Alternate Author Name(s): A. E.
Subject(s): Despair; Hope; Immortality; Mythology - Celtic; Optimism


THE FISH, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: A pale woman is cradling a large red fish
Last Line: Swims toward the bottom to sleep in the mud.
Subject(s): Despair; Fish & Fishing; Hope; Salvation; Anglers; Optimism


THE FORLORN HOPE, by HENRY KING (1592-1669)    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How long, vain hope, dost thou my joys suspend?
Last Line: By scorning hope, ne'er to rely on thee.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


THE GAME OF LIFE; A HOMILY, by JOHN GODFREY SAXE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a game much in fashion, I think it's called euchre
Last Line: The victor is he who can go it alone!
Variant Title(s): Go It Alone
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


THE GOLDEN SIDE, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: There's many a rest on the road of life
Last Line: And sit and grieve and wonder
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


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


THE HOUR, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A dark, thick branch in the last light is like
Last Line: Go fireflies striking their soft, yellow lights.
Subject(s): Activity; Dusk; Escapes; Evening; Hope; Exercise; Fugitives; Sunset; Twilight; Optimism


THE HOUSE OF LIFE: 101. THE ONE HOPE, by DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When vain desire at last and vain regret
Last Line: Not less nor more, but even that word alone.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rossetti, Gabriel Charles Dante
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Optimism


THE HOUSE OF LIFE: 42. HOPE OVERTAKEN, by DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I deemed thy garments, o my hope, were grey
Last Line: Alas, cling round me, for the day is done!
Alternate Author Name(s): Rossetti, Gabriel Charles Dante
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


THE HOUSE OF LIFE: 43. LOVE AND HOPE, by DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Bless love and hope. Full many a withered year
Last Line: Scorn-fired at length the illusive eyes of hope.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rossetti, Gabriel Charles Dante
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Optimism


THE HOUSE OF LIFE: 91. LOST ON BOTH SIDES, by DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As when two men have loved a woman well
Last Line: Its bye-streets, knocking at the dusty inns.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rossetti, Gabriel Charles Dante
Subject(s): Hope; Success; Optimism


THE KINGS PROPHECY, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What stoick could his steely brest containe
Last Line: Sawe too fewe dayes, to see too many yeares.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Hope; Nations; Prophecy & Prophets; Treason & Traitors; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Optimism


THE LAST HOPE, by RAY CLARKE ROSE    Poem Text            
First Line: Lord, in the gloom of my distress
Last Line: "and ""death"" were life's supreme appeal."
Subject(s): Christianity; Death; Despair; God; Hope; Religion; Dead, The; Optimism; Theology


THE LEADERS, by LOUISE E. V. BOYD    Poem Text            
First Line: The maiden read the spring time's idyl through
Last Line: Death but the entrance to eternity.
Subject(s): Future Life; Hope; Memory; Retribution; Eternity; After Life; Optimism


THE LOST ATLANTIS, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Deep in our soul-seas there are sunken hopes
Last Line: The mute memorials of the lapsed years.
Subject(s): Atlantis; Hope; Life; Mythology - Classical; Past; Sea; Soul; Optimism; Ocean


THE MARSEILLAISE, by VICTOR GUSTAVE PLARR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A band a-playing a few sooty rods
Last Line: Not france alone, but man!
Subject(s): Ancestry & Ancestors; France; French Revolution (1789); Hope; Justice; National Songs; Optimism; National Anthems


THE MASON'S LODGE, by JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The mason's ways / are a symbol of life
Last Line: "we command thee to hope!"
Subject(s): Heroism; Hope; Heroes; Heroines; Optimism


THE MINUTE-GUNS, by CELIA LEIGHTON THAXTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I stood within the little cove
Last Line: I only heard the minute-guns.
Subject(s): Hope; Life; Sea; Wind; Optimism; Ocean


THE OPEN DOOR, by ALFRED NOYES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O mystery of life
Last Line: And crown his plan.
Subject(s): Earth; God; Hearts; Hope; Life; Soul; World; Optimism


THE OPTIMIST, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The fields were bleak and sodden. Not a wing
Last Line: The optimistic willow spoke of spring.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Hope; Willow Trees; Optimism


THE OPTIMIST AND THE PESSIMIST; A DIALOGUE, by GEORGE BARLOW (1847-1913)    Poem Text            
First Line: How glorious is the summer sun to-day!
Last Line: Woman and god.
Subject(s): Hope; Pessimism; Thought; Optimism; Thinking


THE PATH, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Far, far I've strayed me in the long endeavor
Last Line: And just ahead, my home.
Subject(s): Courage; Hope; Roads; Truth; Youth; Valor; Bravery; Optimism; Paths; Trails


THE PLEASURES OF HOPE: 1, by THOMAS CAMPBELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: At summer eve, when heaven's ethereal bow
Last Line: "love! -- mercy -- wisdom! -- rule for evermore!"
Variant Title(s): Hope;the Distant In Experience
Subject(s): Beauty; Freedom; Hope; Landscape; Nature; Politics & Government; Liberty; Optimism


THE PLEASURES OF HOPE: 2, by THOMAS CAMPBELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In joyous youth, what soul hath never known
Last Line: And light thy torch at nature's funeral pile.
Subject(s): Hope; Imagination; Optimism; Fancy


THE POET'S JOURNAL: THE TORSO, by BAYARD TAYLOR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In clay the statue stood complete
Last Line: The ruined sculptor's monument.
Alternate Author Name(s): Taylor, James Bayard
Subject(s): Beauty; Hope; Life; Patience; Statues; Optimism


THE PROMISE OF TOMORROW, by CHARLES I. RITTER    Poem Text            
First Line: Yesteryear. Thy promise made and broken
Last Line: Hope we dare not desecrate?
Subject(s): Hope; Prayer; Optimism


THE QUARREL OF FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY, by HORACE SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once faith, hope, and charity traversed the land
Last Line: "when I choose for my temple an innocent heart."
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Horatio
Subject(s): Charity; Faith; God; Hope; Love; Religion; Philanthropy; Belief; Creed; Optimism; Theology


THE QUEST OF THE IDEAL, by HENRIETTA CORDELIA RAY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fair hope with lucent light in her glad eyes
Last Line: Yet count this quest the holiest of thy days.
Alternate Author Name(s): Ray, Cordelia
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


THE RAVINE OF SAINT-GILLES, by CHARLES MARIE RENE LECONTE DE LISLE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The gorge is dark below the reeds' massed slimness
Last Line: And lights in him the eternal hope unquelled!
Subject(s): Hope; Nature; Water; Optimism


THE SCHOLAR GIPSY, by MATTHEW ARNOLD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Go, for they call you, shepherd, from the hill
Last Line: And on the beach undid his corded bales.
Subject(s): Gypsies; Hope; Oxford University; Scholarship & Scholars; Gipsies; Optimism


THE SERE AND YELLOW LEAF, by KAREN SWENSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Is it time to write the sere
Last Line: The brass flower of his horn into the city's evening.
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Poetry & Poets; Optimism


THE SMALL EARTH, by SAMUEL L. SCHIERLOH    Poem Text            
First Line: A fisherman in provincetown
Last Line: In you, and you, and me.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


THE SOUL'S COMPANIONS, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text            
First Line: Though floods shall fail, and empty holes
Last Line: Would walk with me from day to day!
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Hope; Soul; Optimism


THE STAR OF DISCONTENT, by X    Poem Text            
First Line: O thou, sweet friend, would I might soothe thy / fear!
Last Line: One ray of hope—the star of disconent.
Subject(s): Hope; Jews; Sailing & Sailors; Sea Voyages; Optimism; Judaism


THE STAR OF HOPE, by CHARLES WHITWORTH WYNNE    Poem Text            
First Line: Love is not love that can admit despair!
Last Line: Griefs that no time can ever reconcile.
Alternate Author Name(s): Cayzer, Charles
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Optimism


THE SUNBEAM, by FELICIA DOROTHEA HEMANS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou art no lingerer in monarch's hall
Last Line: The faith touching all things with hues of heaven!
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): Happiness; Hope; Sun; Women; Joy; Delight; Optimism


THE TIME WILL COME, by GEORGE MURRAY (1830-1910)    Poem Text            
First Line: The time will come, when thou and I
Last Line: The time will come.
Subject(s): Hope; Longing; Love - Loss Of; Passion; Optimism


THE TREASURE OF HOPE, by LEWIS MORRIS (1833-1907)    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O fair bird, singing in the woods
Last Line: The end, for which they are, fulfil.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


THE TRITON OF THE MINNOWS, by JAMES SMITH (1775-1839)    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Why don't you strike out something new?
Last Line: "the triton of the minnows."
Subject(s): Fame; Goddesses & Gods; Hope; Mythology; Time; Writing & Writers; Reputation; Optimism


THE UNATTAINABLE, by EMMETT MALOY COUNTS    Poem Text            
First Line: You are a fragile and exclusive flower
Last Line: Not to be held, but always to be cherished.
Subject(s): Courtship; Hope; Love - Cultural Differences; Optimism


THE UNFOLDING WILL, by CHARLES LOUIS HENRY WAGNER    Poem Text            
First Line: I spake; lo, my voice was heard in cathay
Last Line: To man's dominating will.
Subject(s): Future; Hope; Optimism


THE VISIONARY HOPE, by SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sad lot, to have no hope! Though lowly kneeling
Last Line: Such strength that he would bless his pains and live.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


THE WANDERER: 5. IN HOLLAND: TO CORDELIA, by EDWARD ROBERT BULWER-LYTTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I do not blame thee, that my life
Last Line: Have nothing left to dread.
Alternate Author Name(s): Meredith, Owen; Lytton, 1st Earl Of; Lytton, Robert
Subject(s): Hope; Netherlands; Travel; Optimism; Holland; Dutch People; Journeys; Trips


THE WAR WIDOW, by ALFRED NOYES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Black-veiled, black-gowned, she rides in bus and train
Last Line: No truth, no life, but leads through christmas day.
Subject(s): Hope; Life; Love; War; Widows & Widowers; Optimism


THE WAVERING LOVER WILLETH AND DREADETH, TO MOVE HIS DESIRE, by THOMAS WYATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Such vain thought as wonted to mislead me
Last Line: But such it is I not how to begin.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 26
Subject(s): Fear; Freedom; Hearts; Hope; Liberty; Optimism


THE WEDDING, by JULIA WARD HOWE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In her satin gown so fine
Last Line: And our lilies wait the dead.
Subject(s): Faith; Hope; Life; Love; Marriage; Belief; Creed; Optimism; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE WINGLESS VICTORY, by WILLIAM HERVEY ALLEN JR.    Poem Text            
First Line: Nike of samothrace
Last Line: Into stone.
Alternate Author Name(s): Allen, Hervey
Subject(s): Goddesses & Gods; Hope; Mythology; Victory; War; Optimism


THE YEAR, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What can be said in new year rhymes
Last Line: And that's the burden of the year.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Dreams; Fear; Holidays; Hope; New Year; Nightmares; Optimism


THEN LAUGH, by BERTHA ADAMS BACKUS    Poem Text            
First Line: Build for yourself a strong-box
Last Line: Then sit on the lid and laugh.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


THESE DO NOT DIE, by CLYDE MCGEE    Poem Text            
First Line: Now day is bright at dawning
Last Line: Are hopes that do not die.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


THESE THREE, by JENNIE M. TABB    Poem Text            
First Line: To feel, though years in mystic silence pass
Last Line: That, dear heart, is love.
Subject(s): Faith; Hope; Love; Belief; Creed; Optimism


THEY WAIT FOR YOU, by EDWIN MARKHAM    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Look not, o friend, with unavailing tears
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


THO' LOVE HAS FLOWN, by JOHN COWPER POWYS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Let the wind wail on, my dear
Last Line: He will come back.
Subject(s): Hope; Love - Loss Of; Tears; Wind; Optimism


THREE DAYS, by JAMES ROBERT GILMORE    Poem Text            
First Line: So much to do: so little done!
Last Line: Will end in that great, glad to-morrow.
Alternate Author Name(s): Kirke, Edmund
Subject(s): Hope; Time; Optimism


THREE FRIENDS, by VIRGINIA SCOTT    Poem Text            
First Line: Many the friends you name
Last Line: Thrust in my side.
Alternate Author Name(s): O'neill, Virginia Scott
Subject(s): Hope; Pride; Youth; Optimism; Self-esteem; Self-respect


TIME, HOPE, AND MEMORY, by THOMAS HOOD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I heard a gentle maiden, in the spring
Last Line: "thou hast loved hope, but memory loved thee."
Subject(s): Hope; Memory; Time; Optimism


TIMES GO BY TURNS, by ROBERT SOUTHWELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The lopped tree in time may grow again
Last Line: Who least hath some, who most hath never all.
Subject(s): Bible; Consolation; Fortune; Hope; Religion; Optimism; Theology


TO - ., by FITZ-GREENE HALLECK    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The world is bright before thee
Last Line: The sunbeam of the heart.
Alternate Author Name(s): Croaker
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


TO A BUNCH OF LILAC, by THEOPHILE JULIUS HENRY MARZIALS    Poem Text            
First Line: Is it the april springing
Last Line: And long but to love, and die.
Alternate Author Name(s): Marzials, Theo; Marzials, Theophile Jules Henri
Subject(s): Dreams; Flowers; Hope; Life; Lilacs; Love; Singing & Singers; Nightmares; Optimism


TO A CHILD, by FRANK PUTNAM    Poem Text            
First Line: The years stretch far above thee
Last Line: His work will not forget.
Subject(s): Children; Fathers; Hope; Time; Youth; Childhood; Optimism


TO AN OPTIMIST, by ALEC JOHNSTON    Poem Text            
First Line: The dawn was lit with promise of high doing
Last Line: These dead-sea fruits of random idleness.
Subject(s): Hope; Oxford University; Optimism


TO DELIA: 28, by SAMUEL DANIEL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Raising my hopes on hills of high desire
Last Line: Framed my desires fit for her eyes to kill.
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Optimism


TO DELIA: 50, by SAMUEL DANIEL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lo, here the impost of a faith unfeigning
Last Line: I say no more, I fear I said too much.
Variant Title(s): The Trophies
Subject(s): Eyes; Hope; Love; Optimism


TO GEORGE BORROW (LAVENGRO), by GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE    Poem Text            
First Line: No 'book,' but your own heart, was written, borrow
Last Line: Knight of the ancient ruth and fearless fibre!
Subject(s): Borrow, George (1803-1881); Depression, Mental; Hope; Writing & Writers; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Optimism


TO HELEN KELLER, by CRAVEN LANGSTROTH BETTS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Out from the dark leaved life, bloomed hope, riped love
Last Line: Thus one brave heart ten thousand souls can stay.
Subject(s): Faith; Hope; Keller, Helen (1880-1968); Language; Love; Belief; Creed; Optimism; Words; Vocabulary


TO HELEN KELLER - HUMANITARIAN, SOCIAL DEMOCRAT, GREAT SOUL, by EDWIN MARKHAM    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fate laid upon you silence and the night
Last Line: God knows that I am with you in this fight!
Subject(s): Fate; Hope; Keller, Helen (1880-1968); Life; Destiny; Optimism


TO HOPE, by MATHILDE BLIND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh come, thou power divine
Last Line: Like aphrodite from the salt sea waves.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lake, Claude
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


TO HOPE, by FELICIA DOROTHEA HEMANS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fair enchantress, gaily kind
Last Line: "ever bless thy poet's mind !"
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


TO HOPE, by THOMAS HOOD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh! Take, young seraph, take thy harp
Last Line: On skylark's wing!
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


TO HOPE, by JOHN KEATS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When by my solitary hearth I sit
Last Line: Waving thy silver pinions o'er my head.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


TO HOPE, by LOUISE CHANDLER MOULTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Undying hope, memory's immortal heir
Last Line: Thy magic is to make the weak soul strong.
Alternate Author Name(s): Chandler, Ellen Louise
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


TO L, by VICTOR MARIE HUGO    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: All hope, child, is a reed
Last Line: Laves a soul.
Subject(s): Children - Lost; Graves; Heaven; Hope; Soul; Tombs; Tombstones; Paradise; Optimism


TO LYCON, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: On yon wild waste of ruin thron'd, what form
Last Line: So let me live unknown, so let me die forgot.
Subject(s): Grief; Hope; Pain; Pilgrimages & Pilgrims; Travel; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism; Suffering; Misery; Journeys; Trips


TO MR. FORBES-ROBERTSON: 14. HOPE, by CHARLES LOUIS HENRY WAGNER    Poem Text            
First Line: It is the helpless and the fallen soul
Last Line: Nor chance has had its kindnesses to know.
Subject(s): Hope; Soul; Optimism


TO RECOVERY, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Recovery, where art thou?
Last Line: Watches the dawn of day.
Subject(s): Blessings; Depression, Mental; Healing; Hope; Prayer; Waiting; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Cures; Optimism


TO SOLITUDE, by ALICE CARY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I am weary of the working
Last Line: Wind about a thousand hills.
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Solitude; Trust; Optimism; Loneliness


TO THE MISS WEBSTERS, WITH DR. AIKIN'S WISH, by ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Not this the wish in life's first, gayest page
Last Line: Your wish is transport, and your hopes are bliss.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Anna Letitia
Subject(s): Youth; Wishes; Hope; Optimism


TOO LATE, by ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hush! Speak low; tread softly
Last Line: Came a day too late.
Alternate Author Name(s): Berwick, Mary
Subject(s): Fear; Grief; Hearts; Hope; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


TRANSITION, by JOHN BANISTER TABB    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis said, in death, upon the face
Last Line: With dreams of may.
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Variant Title(s): Indian Summer (1)
Subject(s): Hope; Indian Summer; Seasons; Optimism


TRIUMPHALIS, by BLISS CARMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Soul, art thou sad again
Last Line: Never surrender!
Subject(s): Grief; Hope; Sorrow; Sadness; Optimism


TRY SMILING, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: When the weather suits you not
Last Line: "then, it sort o' rests your face -- / just smiling !"
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


TWO OPTIMISTS, by RICHARD WATSON GILDER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To send fit thanks, I would I had the art
Last Line: And heaven sent both this troubled world to bless.
Subject(s): Hearts; Hope; Keller, Helen (1880-1968); Religion; Optimism; Theology


TWO PICTURES (2), by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: Somebody's heart is gay
Last Line: With hope and sorrow allied!
Subject(s): Grief;hope; Sorrow;sadness;optimism


TWO THOUGHTS ON YOUTH, by RETTA IRWIN LEICHLITER    Poem Text            
First Line: Full of slang
Last Line: Of love our youth are sowing.
Subject(s): Hope; Pessimism; Youth; Optimism


UNFULFILLED, by EDITH WYMAN    Poem Text            
First Line: Rainbow's arch against the sky
Last Line: I wish my rainbow could be round!
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Rainbows; Optimism


UNLESS, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Who has not wanted does not guess
Last Line: You to your own at last!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Despair; Hope; Love; Pain; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


VAIN HOPE, by ERNEST CHRISTOPHER DOWSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes, to solace my sad heart, I say
Last Line: And may not be!
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


VIA DOLOROSA: 5. THE ORDER OF RELEASE, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou canst not give it. Grace enough is ours
Last Line: Has brought forth better comfort, strength more strong.
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Strength; Optimism


VICTORY, by JAMES HERVEY HYSLOP    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The clouds that gathered round the light of hope
Last Line: That god does little in the struggles of the race.
Subject(s): Hope; Life; Pain; Soul; Victory; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


VIEWS OF LIFE, by ANNE BRONTE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When sinks my heart in hopeless gloom
Last Line: And bliss shall reign for evermore!
Alternate Author Name(s): Bell, Acton
Subject(s): Experience; Hope; Youth; Optimism


VILLON TO HIS MISTRESS: A.D. 1456, by F. B. W.    Poem Text            
First Line: Sweetheart, in thee my hopes behold
Last Line: Sweetheart, in thee.
Subject(s): Admiration; Hope; Longing; Love; Optimism


VIOLIN SONGS: A SONG PRAYER, by GEORGE MACDONALD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord jesus, / oh, ease us
Last Line: To sing true.
Subject(s): Comfort; Doubt; Faith; God; Hope; Jesus Christ; Pain; Prayer; Solitude; Skepticism; Belief; Creed; Optimism; Suffering; Misery; Loneliness


VIOLIN SONGS: HOPE DEFERRED, by GEORGE MACDONALD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Summer is come again. The sun is bright
Last Line: And summer winds were out!
Subject(s): Death; Despair; Future Life; God; Hope; Seasons; Summer; Winter; Dead, The; Retribution; Eternity; After Life; Optimism


VISIONS: 6, by HEINRICH HEINE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In blissful dream, in silent night
Last Line: "thou'rt ours for all eternity!"
Subject(s): Dreams; Heaven; Hope; Night; Nightmares; Paradise; Optimism; Bedtime


VISITOR, by BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I am dreaming of a house just like this one
Subject(s): Hope; Desire; Optimism


WAIT A LITTLE LONGER, by CHARLES MACKAY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a good time coming, boys
Last Line: Wait a little longer.
Variant Title(s): The Good Time Coming
Subject(s): Hope; Labor & Laborers; Optimism; Work; Workers


WAITING, by ETHELYN MILLER HARTWICH    Poem Text            
First Line: My window looks upon the sea
Last Line: Experience in living.
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Optimism


WAITING, by JAMES HERVEY HYSLOP    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Again have come the evening tides
Last Line: Already filled with pain and strife.
Subject(s): Hope; Life; Pain; Waiting; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


WAITING HOPES, by JAMES HERVEY HYSLOP    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Resting in the woodland where the lilies grow
Last Line: That will requite the patience of the soul.
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Rest; Waiting; Optimism


WAR, by JOHN COWPER POWYS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: These are not the hours
Last Line: Not worth it! -- of one torn and martyred one!
Subject(s): Flowers; Hearts; Hope; Love; Pain; Tears; War; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


WARNING, by GEORGE WILLIAM RUSSELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Pure at heart we wander now
Last Line: Then is sadness and decay.
Alternate Author Name(s): A. E.
Subject(s): Hope; Life; Optimism


WHAT SHALL ENDURE?, by JAMES CHRISTIAN LINDBERG    Poem Text            
First Line: The poet squanders time in idle dreams
Last Line: The dreamer's song, perchance, outlasts them all.
Subject(s): Dreams; Hope; Labor & Laborers; Poetry & Poets; Nightmares; Optimism; Work; Workers


WHEN FIRST, by PHILIP EDWARD THOMAS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When first I came here I had hope
Last Line: At parting than at meeting be.
Alternate Author Name(s): Eastaway, Edward; Thomas, Edward
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


WHEN THE FROST IS ON THE PUNKIN, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock
Last Line: When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Autumn; Hope; Nature; Seasons; Fall; Optimism


WHEN THE LAMP IS QUENCHED, by VICTOR GUSTAVE PLARR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Your casement bright athwart the night
Last Line: Some heart—some life—has ceased to beat!
Subject(s): Doubt; Hope; Light; Skepticism; Optimism


WHICH ONE ARE YOU?, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text            
First Line: The pessimist sits glumly in the stand
Last Line: And, if we don't—we'll surely win to-morrow!
Subject(s): Baseball; Hope; Pain; Pessimism; Sports; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


WHICH PATH SHALL YOURS BE?, by RAY D. SMITH    Poem Text            
First Line: What is there in living when one has lost all
Last Line: Which of them shall yours be — the weak or the strong?
Subject(s): Courage; Hope; Roads; Strength; Valor; Bravery; Optimism; Paths; Trails


WHITE SMOKE, by FLORA SHUFELT RIVOLA    Poem Text            
First Line: Our fathers twisted hay for fuel; their sons now twist their / lives
Last Line: High dreams are dead and life will have its fire.
Subject(s): Hope; Life; Parents; Optimism; Parenthood


WITHDRAWALS, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Look on his face, so aged, so set, so white
Last Line: Death.
Subject(s): Death; Dreams; Faces; Hope; Life; Love; Dead, The; Nightmares; Optimism


WITHERED HOPES, by CHARLES WHITWORTH WYNNE    Poem Text            
First Line: Last night my heart was as a fading rose
Last Line: But, like my heart, the soul o' the rose had fled.
Alternate Author Name(s): Cayzer, Charles
Subject(s): Flowers; Hope; Love; Roses; Optimism


WITHHELD, by INA DONNA COOLBRITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Therein is sunlight, and sweet sound
Last Line: How sweeter than all sweet it is.
Subject(s): Hope; Life; Love; Optimism


WORKWORN, by EMILY PAULINE JOHNSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Across the street, an humble woman lives
Last Line: My tasks, my heart, had much the lighter grown.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tekahionwake
Subject(s): Happiness; Hope; Labor & Laborers; Life; Joy; Delight; Optimism; Work; Workers


WORM-PROOF, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text            
First Line: Have I not bored your teeth, said time
Last Line: "defy you with his worm-proof dreams."
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Hope; Transience; Optimism; Impermanence


WRITTEN IN MARCH, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The cock is crowing
Last Line: The rain is over and gone!
Variant Title(s): Lines Written In March;a March Landscape;march;the Merry Month Of March
Subject(s): Hope; March (month); Optimism