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Shorter Poems

selected by W J Alexander

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Inheritance 85
Answer 312
Gods of War 423

Whitechapel 103

The Sturdy Rock 13
The Invitation 14
The Plaything 15
Phillida Flouts Me 128
"God rest you merry, gentlemen" 241

The Young Bather 444

ARNOLD, MATTHEW (1822-1888)
The Forsaken Merman 60
Requiescat 65
Immortality 65

ASHE, THOMAS (1836-1889)
A Machine Hand 73
The City Clerk 304
Old Jane 417

Sir Patrick Spens 1
Robin Hood and the Curtal Friar 3
Waly, Waly 9
The Braes of Yarrow 116
Annan Water 119
Bonnie George Campbell 121
Lord Thomas and Fair Annet 231
Kirconnell Lea 237
The Twa Corbies 239
Willie Drowned in Yarrow 344
Dives and Lazarus 346
The Douglas Tragedy 348

The Lament of David over Saul and Jonathan 12
The Magnificat 242
Benedictus 352

For the Fallen 313
Holiday 425

BLAKE, WILLIAM (1757-1827)
The Tiger 21

BRIDGES, ROBERT (1844-1930)
London Snow 79

BROWNING, ROBERT (1812-1889)
My Last Duchess 47
Up at a Villa--Down in the City 49
Nerve Riel 52
How They Brought the Good News 176
The Pied Piper of Hamelin 179
The Italian in England 290
Marching Along 295
Give a Rouse 296
Boot and Saddle 296
The Boy and the Angel 396
Pheidippides 400

BURNS, ROBERT (1759-1796)
To a Mouse 132
A Man's a Man for a' That 134
The Farewell 363
"Last May a braw wooer" 364
Bonnie Doon 366

"Ave Maria" (From Don Juan) 30
To Thomas Moore 146
Waterloo (From Childe Harold) 147
Vision of Belshazzar 150
The Destruction of Sennacherib 265
The Isles of Greece (From Don Juan) 266
Ocean (From ChiMe Harold) 378

The Dromedary 94

Indian Summer 104
How One Winter Came in the Lake Region 105
The Winter Lakes 106

"The man of life upright" 351

CAREW, THOMAS (1595?-1639?)
A Song ("Ask me no more") 354

CARMAN, BLISS (1861-1929)
Bloodroot 221
Peony 223
The Deserted Pasture 225

The Road 332

The Donkey 91

Song ("She is not fair") 383

COLERIDGE, MARY (1861-1907)
"Egypt's might is tumbled down" 434

COLLINS, WILLIAM (1721-1759)
Ode to Evening 19

Autumn Evening 445
The Allegorical Dream 446
Susan to Diana 447

CORY, WILLIAM (1823-1892)
Mimnermus in Church 66

COWPER, WILLIAM (1731-1800)
The Nightingale and Glow-worm 362
The Winter Morning Walk 368

CRABBE, GEORGE (1754-1832)
The Islet (From The Borough) 137

Love's Land 221

CUNNINGHAM, JOHN (1729-1773)
The Fox and the Cat 131

DAVIDSON, JOHN (1857-1909)
A Cinque Port 81
In Romney Marsh 421

The Green Tent 88
The Happy Child 202
Songs of Joy 314
The Philosophical Beggar 426

The Scribe 204
The Listeners 205
All That's Past 315

DICKINSON, EMILY (1830-1886)
The Snow 67
The Railway Train 68
A Book 190
A Thunderstorm 191
The Snake 192

DOBSON, AUSTIN (1840-1921)
"When Burbadge Played" 71
"In After Days" 72

The Loss of the Birkenhead 45

Moonlit Apples 432

Saint John Baptist 123

FAHY, FRANCIS A (1854- )
Little Mary Cassidy 433

Old Song 159

Oak and Olive 329

GAY, J (1685-1732)
The Hare with Many Friends 16
The Peacock, the Turkey, and the Goose 252

Flannan Isle 207
The Ice 211
The Ice-Cart 319

An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog 369

GRAY, THOMAS (1716-1771)
On the Death of a Favourite Cat 253

GREENE, ROBERT (1560-1592)
"Sweet are the thoughts" 240

HARDY, THOMAS (1840-1928)
Great Things 75
In the Servants' Quarters 76
In Time of "The Breaking of Nations" 78
"When I set out for Lyonnesse" 193
The Dead Drummer 194
Summer Schemes 305
The Colonel's Soliloquy 306
Beyond the Last Lamp 307
Life Laughs Onward 419
Barthelêmon at Vauxhall 420
Wagtail and Baby 420

HERBERT, GEORGE (1593-1633)
The Pulley 356

HERRICK, ROBERT (1591-1674)
A Thanksgiving to God for His House 243
His Grange, or Private Wealth 355

Eve 88

HOGG, JAMES (1770-1835)
A Boy's Song 144

HOOD, THOMAS (1799-1845)
"I remember, I remember" 271
The Bridge of Sighs 272

JOHNSON, E PAULINE (1862-1913)
The Song My Paddle Sings 341

JOHNSON, LIONEL (1867-1902)
To a Traveller 442

JOHNSON, SAMUEL (1709-1784)
On the Death of Mr Robert Levetit 18
Johnson on Shakespeare 132
Wolsey (From The Vanity of Human Wishes) 361

JONSON, BEN (1573?-1637)
An Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy 125

KEATS, JOHN (1795-1821)
Introduction to Endyntion 155
La Belle Dame Sans Merci 269
To Autumn 381
On First Looking into Chapman's Homer 383

The Last Buccaneer 297
The Three Fishers 299

"Fuzzy-Wuzzy" 82
"For all we have and are" 310

Morning on the Liêvre 112
A January Morning 114
Winter-Break 114
Hepaticas 230
The Passing of Spring 230
Evening 231

LANG, ANDREW (1844-1912)
Twilight on Tweed 194

Man and Bat 214
Snake 448

The Spires of Oxford 432

To My Grandmother 58

The Builders 156
The Warden of the Cinque Ports 157

To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars 126
To Althea,from Prison 245

The Courtin' 187

LYLY, JOHN (1554?-1606)
Cupid and Campaspe 122

MCCRAE, JOHN (1872-1918)
In Flanders Fields 104

Maple Bloom 460

M'sieu 227
Where is Antioch! 229
Christmas Dinner at Child's 456

Just a Clerk 458

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love 11

MARVELL, ANDREW (1621-1678)
Song of the Emigrants in Bermuda 126

Tewkesbury Road 92
Christmas Eve at Sea 206
Beauty 318
Cargoes 318
Trade Winds 430
Cavalier 431

The Changeling 327

MILTON, JOHN (1608-1674)
On His Blindness 14

MONRO, HAROLD (1879-1932)
Milk for the Cat 320

MOORE, THOMAS (1779-1852)
A Canadian Boat Song 146
After the Battle 377

The First Hepatica 460
Life 461

MORRIS, WILLIAM (1834-1896)
Riding Together 68
Introductory Stanzas to The Earthly Paradise 70
The Eve of Crecy 302

MUNRO, NEIL (1864-1930)
To Exiles 309

The Laird o' Cockpen 135
Caller Herrin' 367

The Adventurers 198
He Fell Among Thieves 200

NOYES, ALFRED (1880- )
The Highwayman 322

Moira's Keening 86

Cuttin' Rushes 91
A Broken Song 203
Corrymecla 429

OWEN, WILFRED (1893-1918)
Spring Offensive 101
Anthem for Doomed Youth 102
Disabled 443

The War Song of Dinas 'Mawr 263
Margaret Love Peacock 264

The Pool 231
St Yves' Poor 335
The Little Sister of the Prophet 337
Pere Lalemant 462
Dream River 464

POE, EDGAR ALLEN (1809-1849)
The Raven 31
Annabel Lee 384

POPE, ALEXANDER (1688-1744)
"Heaven from all creatures" (From An Essay on Man) 360

The Ice Floes 107

The Potato Harvest 452
An Epitaph for a Husbandman 452
The Solitary Woodsman 454

My Sister's Sleep 299
On Refusal of Aid Between Nations 302
Sister Helen 407

Song ("To all you ladies") 357

Dreamers 93

"0 turn once more" 338
A Summer Storm 339
The First Snow 340

SCOTT, SIR WALTER (1771-1832)
Bonnie Dundee 25
Brignall Banks 27
Song ("The sun upon the lake is low") 145
Rosabelle 256
"A weary lot is thine" 258
Pibroch of Donald Dhu 259
Albert Graeme 260
County Guy 374
Proud Maisie 375
The Palmer 376

SEAMAN, OWEN (1861- )
To an Old Fogey 212
Castles on the Sand 435

Sonnet xxix 11
Sonnet xxx 240
"When icicles hang by the wall" 353

The Cloud 151
Ozymandias 154
To Jane 381

SHIRLEY, JAMES (1596-1666)
Death the Leveller 124

SOUTHEY, ROBERT (1774-1843)
"My days among the Dead " 262

Peadar Og Goes Courting 98
The Girl I Left Behind Me 100
The Shell 436
The Sootherer 437
The Rivals 441
In the Cool of the Evening 441

STEVENSON, ROBERT Louis (1850-1894)
The Vagabond 73

SWIFT, JONATHAN (1667-1745)
Baucis and Philemon 246

The Sleeping Beauty 37
Ulysses 41
"Of old sat Freedom on the heights" 43
"Home they brought her warrior dead" 44
Mariana 161
"You ask me why" 164
The Lotos-Eaters 165
Early Spring 171
Northern Farmer—New Style 173
The Lady of Shalott 280 '
"The splendour falls" 286
In Memoriam cxxiii 287
In Memoriam—liv 287
Far-far-away 288
"Break, break, break" 289
St Agnes' Eve 385
In the Valley of Cauteretz 386
A Farewell 387
In Memoriam—xxvii 388
In Memoriam—lxiv 388
In Memoriam—ti 390
Northern Farmer—Old Style 391
Tithonus 394

THOMAS, EDWARD (1877-1917)
The Manor Farm 97
Adlestrop 316
Swedes 317
Tall Nettles 317
Words 427

Daisy 196
To a Snowflake 422

A Girl's Song 87
Farewell 334

To One in Town 195

WALLER, EDMUND (1606- 1687)
Song ("Go lovely rose!") 356

To Night 29

My Playmate 276
The Battle Autumn of 1862 278

WILDE, OSCAR (1856-1900)
Les Silhouettes 80
Requiescat 80

The Grey Squirrel 333

London, 1802 23
Composed after a Journey 23
The Solitary Reaper 24
Thought of a Briton on the Subjugation of Switzerland 140
To the Daisy 140
Elegiac Stanzas 141
"It is not to be thought of" 255
To Sleep 255
September, 1802 371
"Hail, Twilight, sovereign of one peaceful hour" 371
To a Skylark 372
Influence of Natural Objects 372

WOTTON, SIR HENRY (1568-1639)
Character of a Happy Life 122

The Lake Isle of Innisfree 202

Seascape 94
Bete Humaine 214


A Baby watched a ford 420
A high bare field, brown from the plough 452
A mist was driving down the British Channel 157
A narrow fellow in the grass 192
A Nightingale that all day long 362
A snake came to my water-trough 448
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever 155
"A weary lot is thine, fair maid" 258
A wind is rustling "south and soft" 206
Ah! County Guy, the hour is nigh 374
All along the valley, stream that fiashest white 386
All are architects of Fate 156
All day between high-curded clouds the sun 114
All the merry kettle-drums are thudding into rhyme 431
Along the line of smoky hills 104
And Mary said, My soul cloth magnify the Lord 242
And then I pressed the shell 436
Annan Water's wading deep 119
Are you not weary in your distant places 309
A rnoklus V illanova 223
As flow the rivers to the sea 85
As I was walking all alane 239
As I went down to Dymchurch Wall 421
As it fell out upon a day 346
Ask me no more where Jove bestows 354
At the top of the house the apples are laid in rows 432
Ave Maria! blessed be the hour 30
Behold her, single in the field 24
Below the down the stranded town 81
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel 352
Boot, saddle, to horse, and away' 296
Break, break, break 289
Bright flower! whose home is everywhere! 140
Come back, come back, 'tis Nature bids you come' 195
Come, dear children, let us away 60
Come live with me and be my Love 10
Come with me, follow me, swift as a moth 231
Condemned to Hope's delusive mine 18
"Courage!" he said, and pointed toward the land 165
Cupid and my Campaspe play'd 122
Dark and more dark the shades of evening fell 23
Dawn from the Fore-top! Dawn from the Barrel! 107
Deep on the convent roof the snows 385
Dosn't thou 'ear my 'erses legs, as they canters away) 173
Dost thou look back on what hath been 388
Down by the water a boy stood there 444
Down in yon garden sweet and gay 344
Egypt's might is tumbled down 434
Ethereal ministrel! pilgrim of the sky! 372
Eve, with her basket 88
Faintly as tolls the evening chime 146
Far above us where a jay 112
Fate wafts us from the pigmies' shore 423
First I salute this soil of the blessed, river and rock! 400
Flow down, cold rivulet, to the sea 387
Foiled by our fellow-men, depressed, outworn 65
For all we have and are 310
For many, many days together 68
For weeks and weeks the Autumn world stood still 105
Friendship, like love, is but a name 16
From upland slopes I see the cows file by 231
Give to me the life I love 73
Go, lovely rose! 356
God makes sech nights, all white an' still 187
God rest you merry, gentlemen 241
Gold on her head, and gold on her feet 302
Good people all, of every sort 369
Had I but plenty of money, money enough and to spare 49
Hail, Twilight, sovereign of one peaceful hour 371
Halted against the shade of a last hill 101
Hamelin Town's in Brunswick 179
Heaven from all creatures hides the book of fate 360
He said: "Awake my soul, and with the sun" 420
He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark 443
Her day out from the workhouse-ward, she stands 211
He who would start and rise 452
High upon Highlands 121
Home they brought her warrior dead 44
How happy is he born and taught 122
I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers 151
I dreamt Death called my friend 446
I envy not in any moods 388
I have left a basket of dates 337
I have seen dawn and sunset on moors and windy hills 318
I heard a bird at dawn 441
I lift the Lord on high (Pare Lalemant) 462
I like to see it lap the miles 68
I love old women best, I think 417
I love the stony pasture 225
I met a traveller from an antique land 154
I remember, I remember 271
I saw the spires of Oxford 432
I saw this day sweet flowers grow thick 202
I sprang to the stirrup, and Joris, and he 176
I thought I heard Him calling! Did you hear 441
I was thy neighbour once, thou rugged pile! 141
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree 202
I wish I were where Helen lies 237
If aught of oaten stop, or pastoral song 19
In after days when grasses high 72
In ancient times, as story tells 246
In beauty faults conspicuous grow 252
In dreams I see the dromedary still 94
In Flanders fields the poppies blow 104
In full-blown dignity see Wolsey stand 361
In green lacy bloom 460
In summer time, when leaves grow green 3
In the harbour, in the island, in the Spanish Seas 430
"Is there anybody there?" said the Traveller 205
Is there, for honest poverty 134
It is good to be out on the road 92
It is not to be thought of that the Flood 255
It little profits that an idle king 41
It sifts from leaden sieves 67
It was a' for our rightful king 363
It was an English Ladye bright 260
It was many and many a year ago 384
Jeffik was there, and Matthieu, and brown Bran 335
Kentish Sir Byng stood for his King 295
King Charles, and who'll do him right now) 296
Kitty's charming voice and face 15
Last May a Draw wooer cam down the lang glen 
Last night a storm fell on the world 339
Late at e'en, drinking the wine 116
Like a small grey 333
Long night succeeds thy little day 204
Lord, I am but a little clerk 458
Lord Thomas and Fair Annet 233
Lord, thou halt given me a cell 243
Lord, what unvalued pleasures crowned 14
"Man, you too, aren't you, one of these rough followers of the criminal"? 76
Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour 23
Morning, evening, noon, and night 396
Much have I travelled in the realms of gold 383
My boat is on the shore 140
My days among the Dead are past 262
My little milliner has slipped 73
Mysterious Night! when our first parent knew 29
Night closed around the conqueror's way 377
No longer in the meadow coigns shall blow 23()
Noise; Iron hoofs, iron wheels, iron din 103
Not soon shall I forget 334
Not that the earth is changing, 0 my God! 302
Now that I am dressed I'll go 98
"Now where are ye going',' ses I, "wid the shawl 33)
0 Brignall banks are wild and fair 27
0 frankly bald and obviously stout! 212
0 Friend! I know not which way I must look 371
O listen, listen, ladies gay! 256
O Little Joy, why do you run so fast 437
0 Mountains of Erin 86
0, open the door, some pity to show 376
O turn once more! 338
0, waly, waly, up the bank 9
O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms 269
Of flock of sheep that leisurely pass by 255
Of Heaven or Hell I have no power to sing 70
Of old sat Freedom on the heights 43
Oh England is a pleasant place for them that's rich and high 297
Oh Love builds on the azure sea 221
Oh, maybe it was yesterday, or fifty-years ago! 91
Oh! that the desert were my dwelling-place 378
Oh! 'tis little Mary Cassidy's the cause of all my misery 433
Oh! what a plague is love 128
Oh yet we trust that somehow good 287
On either side the river lie 280
On the sea and at the Hogue, sixteen hundred ninety-two 52
Once more the Heavenly Power 171
Once upon a midnight dreary 31
One more Unfortunate 272
Only a man harrowing clods 78
Out in a world of death far to the northward lying 106
Out, life of care! 426
Out of us all 427
Over here in England I'm hclpin' wi' the hay 428
Over that morn hung heaviness, until 94
Over the downs in sunlight clear 199
Perched on my city office stool 319
Pibroch of Donuil Dhu 259
Proud Maisie is in the wood 375
Quinquereme of Nineveh from distant Ophir 318
Rambling I looked for an old abode 419
Riding through Ruwu swamp 214
Right on our flank the crimson sun went down 45
'Rise up, rise up, now, Lord Douglas,' she says 348
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness 381
She fell asleep on Christmas Eve 299
She is not fair to outward view 383
She watched the blaze 100
Sing out, my Soul, thy songs of joy 314
Soldiers are citizens of death's gray land 93
Sometimes a party, rowed from town will land 137
Summer has spread a cool green tent 88
Strew on her roses, roses 65
Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content 240
Sweet cyder is a great thing 75
Tall nettles cover up, as they have done 317
Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind 126
That second time they hunted me 290
That's my last Duchess painted on the wall 47
The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold 265
The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places 12
The field pools gathered into frosted lace 340
The flags of war like storm birds fly 278
The fox and the cat, as they travelled one day 131
The glittering roofs are still with frost 114
The glories of our blood and state 124
The isles of Greece! the isles of Greece' 266
The keen stars were twinkling 381
The king sits in Dumferling toune 1
The King was on his throne 150
The Laird o' Cockpen 135
The last and greatest Herald of Heaven's King 123
The man of life upright 351
The Meuse and Marne have little waves 87
The mountain sheep are sweeter 263
The mountains, and the lonely death at last 442
The Ottawa is a dark stream 227
The pines were dark on Ramoth hill 276
The quay recedes Hurrah! Ahead we got 306
The rock-like mud unfroze a little 97
The sea is flecked with bars of gray 80
The shadows flickering, the daylight dying 445
The splendour falls on castle walls 286
The sturdy rock, for all his strength 13
The sun upon the lake is low 145
The trees to their innermost marrow 230
The toiler toiling in the fields all day 461
The warmth of life is quenched with bitter frost 312
The wind begun to rock the grass 191
The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees 322
The woods decay, the woods decay and fall 394
There is no frigate like a book 190
There rolls the deep where grew the tree 287
There was a sound of revelry by night 147
They have taken the gable from the roof of clay 317
They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest 194
This relative of mine 58
Though clock 355
Though I was born a Londoner 329
Though three men dwell on Flannan Isle 207
Three crests against the saffron sky 194
Three fishers went sailing away to the West 299
Through Ebblesborne and Broad-Chalke 425
Tiger, tiger, burning bright 21
'Tis a dull sight 159
'Tis morning; and the sun, with ruddy orb 368
'Tis strange how my head runs on 304
To all you ladies now at land 357
To the Lords of Convention 'twas Claver'se who spoke 25
Toll no bells for me, dear Father, dear Mother 327
Toward your fortress, bravely planned 435
Tread lightly, she is near 80
'Twas on a lofty vase's side 253
Two voices are there, one is of the Sea 140
Unwatched, the garden boughs shall sway 390
Very old are the woods 315
Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie 132
Weep with me, all you that read 125
Welcome! sweet flower, the firstling of the year 460
West wind blow from your prairie nest 341
We've fought with many men accost the seas 82
Wha'll buy my caller herrin'? 367
What heart would have thought you) 422
What lovely things 204
What passing-bells for those who die as cattle 102
What sight so lured him through the fields he knew 288
Wheer 'asta bean saw long and med liggin"ere aloan 391
When April winds arrive 221
When Burbadge played 71
When fishes flew and forests walked 91
When friendly summer calls again 305
When God at first made man 356
When I consider how my light is spent 14
When I set out for Lyonnesse 193
When I went into my room, at mid-morning 214
When icicles hang by the wall 353
When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes 11
When Learning's triumph o'er her barb'rous foes 132
When Love with unconfined wings 245
When men were all asleep the snow came flying 79
When the grey lake-water rushes 454
When the tea is brought at five o'clock 320
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought 240
Where am I from? From the green hills of Erin 203
"Where is Antioch, brother"? 229
Where the pools are bright and deep 144
Where the remote Bermudas ride 126
Where the thistle lifts a purple crown 196
While rain, with eve in partnership 307
Wind-silvered willows hedge the stream 464
Wisdom and Spirit of the universe 372
With blackest moss the flower-plots 161
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children 313
"Why did you melt your waxen man, Sister Helen?" 407
Ye flowery banks o' bonnie Doon 366
"Ye have robbed," said he, "ye have slaughtered and made an end" 200
Year after year unto her feet 37
Yes I remember Adlestrop 316
Yesterday the merchant-men 456
You ask me, why, tho' ill at ease 164
You promise heavens free from strife 66
Your youth is like a water-wetted stone 447

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