At Midnight by Sara Teasdale

Now at last I have come to see what life is, Nothing is ever ended, everything only begun, And the brave victories that seem so splendid Are never really won. Even love that I built my spirit's house for, Comes like a brooding and a baffled guest, And music and

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Past and Future by Elizabeth Browning

    My future will not copy fair my past     On any leaf but Heaven's. Be fully done,     Supernal Will! I would not fain be one     Who, satisfying thirst and breaking fast     Upon the fulness of the heart, at last     Saith no grace after meat. My wine hath run     Indeed

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Change Upon Change by Elizabeth Browning

    Five months ago the stream did flow,     The lilies bloomed within the sedge,     And we were lingering to and fro,     Where none will track thee in this snow,     Along the stream, beside the hedge.     Ah, Sweet, be free to love and go!     For if I do not hear thy foot,

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On a Foreign War Ship’s Salute to the Queen’s Standard at Osborne by John Campbell

    With their deep voice, monotonous and slow,     The cannon's thunders roll along the sea;     But 'tis in reverence, and to work no woe     Those sounds here reach the shore and onward flee     Past the oak woods that climb the grassy lea,     To strike thy terraces, and palace fair

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Norse Lullaby by Eugene Field

    The sky is dark and the hills are white     As the storm-king speeds from the north to-night,     And this is the song the storm-king sings,     As over the world his cloak he flings:     "Sleep, sleep, little one, sleep;"     He rustles his wings and gruffly sings:     "Sleep, little one,

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Fortune and the Boy by Jean de La Fontaine

     Beside a well, uncurb'd and deep,      A schoolboy laid him down to sleep:      (Such rogues can do so anywhere.)      If some kind man had seen him there,      He would have leap'd as if distracted;      But Fortune much more wisely acted;      For, passing by,

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Brown Penny by William Butler Yeats

I Whispered, "I am too young," And then, "I am old enough"; Wherefore I threw a penny To find out if I might love. "Go and love, go and love, young man, If the lady be young and fair." Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny, I am looped in the

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A Sketch by William Wordsworth

The little hedgerow birds, That peck along the road, regard him not. He travels on, and in his face, his step, His gait, is one expression; every limb, His look and bending figure, all bespeak A man who does not move with pain, but moves With thought. He is insensibly

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A Letter by Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Dear brother, would you know the life,     Please God, that I would lead?     On the first wheels that quit this weary town     Over yon western bridges I would ride     And with a cheerful benison forsake     Each street and spire and roof, incontinent.     Then would I seek where God

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A Story of the Rebellion by Frances Harper

     The treacherous sands had caught our boat,          And held it with a strong embrace      And death at our imprisoned crew          Was sternly looking face to face.      With anxious hearts, but failing strength,          We strove to push the boat from shore;      But all

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