Topic: Love

Edged Tools

Well, Helen, quite two years have flown Since that enchanted, dreamy night, When you and I were left alone, And wondered whether they were right, Who said that each the other loved; And thus debating, yes and no, And half in earnest, as it proved, We bargained to pretend 't was so.Two...

By Edmund Clarence Stedman
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17 October

Momentous Words

What spiteful chance steals unawares Wherever lovers come, And trips the nimblest brain and scares The bravest feelings dumb?We had one minute at the gate, Before the others came; To-morrow it would be too late, And whose would be the blame!I gazed at her, she glanced at me; Alas! the time sped...

By Edward Rowland Sill
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15 October

O Love

O Love builds on the azure sea, And Love builds on the golden sand, And Love builds on the rose-winged cloud, And sometimes Love builds on the land!O if Love build on sparkling sea, And if Love build on golden strand, And if Love build on rosy cloud, To Love these...

By Isabella Valancy Crawford
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11 October

After Aughrim

She said, “They gave me of their best, They lived, they gave their lives for me; I tossed them to the howling waste, And flung them to the foaming sea.” She said, “I never gave them aught, Not mine the power,...

By Emily Lawless
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10 October

Vain Hope

Sometimes, to solace my sad heart, I say, Though late it be, though lily-time be past, Though all the summer skies be overcast, Haply I will go down to her, some day, And cast my rests of life before her feet, That she may have her will of me, being...

By Ernest Dowson
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06 October

Love among the Ruins

VII In one year they sent a million fighters forth South and North, And they built their gods a brazen pillar high As the sky, Yet reserved a thousand chariots in full force— Gold, of course. Oh heart! oh blood that freezes, blood that burns! Earth’s returns For whole centuries of folly, noise, and...

By Robert Browning
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02 October

To His Forsaken Mistress

I do confess thou’rt smooth and fair, And I might have gone near to love thee, Had I not found the slightest prayer That lips could move, had power to move thee; But I can let thee now alone As worthy to be loved by none.I do confess thou’rt sweet;...

By Sir Robert Ayton
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01 October

A Supplication

Forget not yet the tried intent Of such a truth as I have meant; My great travail so gladly spent, Forget not yet!Forget not yet when first began The weary life ye know, since whan The suit, the service, none tell can; Forget not yet!Forget not yet the great assays, The cruel...

By Sir Thomas Wyatt
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30 September

Aubade

The lark now leaves his wat’ry nest, And climbing shakes his dewy wings. He takes this window for the East, And to implore your light he sings— Awake, awake! the morn will never rise Till she can dress her beauty at your eyes.The merchant bows unto the seaman’s star, The ploughman...

By Sir William Davenant
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27 September

All for Love

O talk not to me of a name great in story; The days of our youth are the days of our glory; And the myrtle and ivy of sweet two-and-twenty Are worth all your laurels, though ever so plenty.What are garlands and crowns to the brow that is...

By Lord Byron
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23 September