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Thou art my God, sole object of my love;
Not for the hope of endless joys above;
Nor for the fear

The moon in the bureau mirror
looks out a million miles
(and perhaps with pride, at herself,
but

O withered rose! How can I still call you a rose?
How can I call you the longing of nightingale's h

Parson, these things in thy possessing
Are better than the Bishop's blessing.
A Wife that makes co

I shall die, but
that is all that I shall do for Death.
I hear him leading his horse out of the s

Here is a coast; here is a harbor;
here, after a meager diet of horizon, is some scenery:
imprac

In the cold, cold parlor
my mother laid out Arthur
beneath the chromographs:
Edward, Prince of Wa

Heav'n from all creatures hides the book of fate,
All but the page prescrib'd, their present state:

Sit on the bed. I'm blind, and three parts shell.
Be careful; can't shake hands now; never shall.

Shut, shut the door, good John! fatigu'd, I said,
Tie up the knocker, say I'm sick, I'm dead.
The

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling finger-tips,
Over my bitter-tainted

Tho' Artemisia talks, by fits,
Of councils, classics, fathers, wits;
Reads Malbranche, Boyle, and

Awake, my ST. JOHN!(1) leave all meaner things
To low ambition, and the pride of Kings.
Let us (

In Worcester, Massachusetts,
I went with Aunt Consuelo
to keep her dentist's appointment
and sat

Thousands of tiny
fists tamping the surface of the lake
flowing like a wide
river gone crazy,

This division must end.
Again I'm forced to amputate
the chicken's limb; slit the joint,
clip the

I

I had forgotten how the frogs must sound
After a year of silence, else I think
I should not s

Consumed with grief I am, I get relief in no way
O circumambient waters of the Ganges drown me

O

The Mighty Mother, and her son who brings
The Smithfield muses to the ear of kings,
I sing. Say

Hard seeds of hate I planted
That should by now be grown,—
Rough stalks, and from thick stamens

War broke: and now the Winter of the world
With perishing great darkness closes in.
The foul torna

The trees along this city street,
Save for the traffic and the trains,
Would make a sound as thin

To Henry St. John, Lord Bolingbroke
Awake, my St. John! leave all meaner things
To low ambition,

O you whose life is confined in the material world
O you whose soul is imprisoned in the cage

Lo

I.
Descend ye Nine! descend and sing;
The breathing instruments inspire,
Wake into voice each

it's 1962 March 28th
I'm sitting by the window on the Prague-Berlin train
night is falling
I nev

First in these fields I try the sylvan strains,
Nor blush to sport on Windsor's blissful plains:
F

At six o'clock we were waiting for coffee,
waiting for coffee and the charitable crumb
that was

Blessed is the One who lifts the slow sun
above this morning's raw orange edge,
who moves the ew

When simple Macer, now of high renown,
First fought a Poet's Fortune in the Town,
'Twas all th' Am

Cardelia. Smilinda.

Cardelia.
The Basset-Table spread, the Tallier come;
Why stays Smilinda i

I.
Flutt'ring spread thy purple Pinions,
Gentle Cupid, o'er my Heart;
I a Slave in thy Dominions

The state with the prettiest name,
the state that floats in brackish water,
held together by mangr

Celia, we know, is sixty-five,
Yet Celia's face is seventeen;
Thus winter in her breast must live,

The brown enormous odor he lived by
was too close, with its breathing and thick hair,
for him to j

Some little while ago, I had a mood
When what we know as 'Nature' seemed to me
So sympathetic, amp

Ye Lords and Commons, Men of Wit,
And Pleasure about Town;
Read this ere you translate one Bit

Come gentle Air! th' AEolian shepherd said,
While Procris panted in the secret shade:
Come, gentle

Earliest morning, switching all the tracks
that cross the sky from cinder star to star,
coupling t

I.
How happy he, who free from care
The rage of courts, and noise of towns;
Contented breaths

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—

One day Intellect said to the heart
'A guide to the misguided ones I am

Being on the earth I rea

All hail, once pleasing, once inspiring shade!
Scene of my youthful loves and happier hours!
Where

Semichorus.
Oh Tyrant Love! hast thou possest
The prudent, learn'd, and virtuous breast?
Wisdom a

Est brevitate opus, ut currat sententia, neu se
Impediat verbis lassas onerantibus aures:
Et ser

Ne Rubeam, Pingui donatus Munere
(Horace, Epistles II.i.267)
While you, great patron of mankind, s

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it wil

I.
Silence! coeval with Eternity;
Thou wert, ere Nature's-self began to be,
'Twas one vast Nothi

The tumult in the heart
keeps asking questions.
And then it stops and undertakes to answer
in

Strophe I.
Ye shades, where sacred truth is sought;
Groves, where immortal Sages taught;
Where he

Say, lovely youth, that dost my heart command,
Can Phaon's eyes forget his Sappho's hand?
Must the

Seeing we never found gay fairyland

And missed the tide of Lethe; yet are soon
For that new brid

INTRODUCTION. That it is as great a fault to judge ill as to write ill, and a more dangerous one to

The earth and sky were unknown worlds to me
Only the expanse of mother's bosom was a world to me

The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost tha

I.
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
The proper study of mankind is man.
Plac'd on t

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the s

One day a spider said to a fly
'Though you pass this way daily

My hut has never been honored by

So when Curll's Stomach the strong Drench o'ercame,
(Infus'd in Vengenance of insulted Fame)
Th' A

I

But our Great Turks in wit must reign alone
And ill can bear a Brother on the Throne.


II

I.
To one fair lady out of Court,
And two fair ladies in,
Who think the Turk and Pope a sport,

Authors the world and their dull brains have traced
To fix the ground where Paradise was placed;
M

Dayar-E-Ishk Mein Apna Maqam Paida Kar
Naya Zamana Naye Subuh Sham Paida Kar

Khuda Agar Dil-E-Fi

"Thin Rain, whom are you haunting,
That you haunt my door?"
—Surely it is not I she's wanting;

I caught a tremendous fish
and held him beside the boat
half out of water, with my hook
fast in a

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling fingertips,
Over my bitter-tainted,

Being Young and Green, I said in love's despite:
Never in the world will I to living wight
Give ov

Far from the ignoble strife of Man's tavern you are
The wine-cup adorning the sky's assemblage you

Dear, damn'd distracting town, farewell!
Thy fools no more I'll tease:
This year in peace, ye crit

NOTHING so true as what you once let fall,
"Most Women have no Characters at all."
Matter too so

Women ben full of Ragerie,
Yet swinken not sans secresie.
Thilke Moral shall ye understond,
From

O Pathos of Love! You are a glossy pearl
Beware, you should not appear among strangers

The theat

Let me grow lovely, growing old--
So many fine things do:
Laces, and ivory, and gold,
And silks n

What beck'ning ghost, along the moon-light shade
Invites my steps, and points to yonder glade?
'Ti

Tended by Faustina
yes in a crazy house
upon a crazy bed,
frail, of chipped enamel,
blooming abo

I wish you told me from the start
that you were gonna break my heart

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick

To the sagging wharf
few ships could come.
The population numbered
two giants, an idiot, a dwarf,

Give away her gowns,
Give away her shoes;
She has no more use
For her fragrant gowns;
Take them

I am his Highness' dog at Kew;
Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?
Alexander Pope

Once from a big, big building,
When I was small, small,
The queer folk in the windows
Would smile

Chain of days and nights-artificer of all events
Chain of days and nights –fountain of life and o

Here, shunning idleness at once and praise,
This radiant pile nine rural sisters raise;
The glitte

Days that cannot bring you near
or will not,
Distance trying to appear
something more obstinate,

In vain you boast Poetic Names of yore,
And cite those Sapho's we admire no more:
Fate doom'd the

as a child he never plucked the wings off flies
he didn't tie tin cans to cats' tails
or lock beet

For a Child of 1918

My grandfather said to me
as we sat on the wagon seat,
"Be sure to remember

Alone on the railroad track
I walked with pounding heart.
The ties were too close together
or may

In my breast
A wail of grief
Without any spark or flash
Alone survives
Passionless, ineffectual

This door you might not open, and you did;
So enter now, and see for what slight thing
You are b

The one I was searching for on the earth and in heaven
Appeared residing in the recesses of my own

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludg

NOW I will open one more gate of truth,
I will tell thee another tale.
The coal in the mine said t

Love has gone and left me and the days are all alike;
Eat I must, and sleep I will,—and would tha

I

Living is no laughing matter:
you must live with great seriousness
like a squirrel, for examp

In the spring of the year, in the spring of the year,
I walked the road beside my dear.
The tree

He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark,
And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey,
Legless,

O Sun! The world's essence and motivator you are
The organizer of the book of the world you are

When wise Ulysses, from his native coast
Long kept by wars, and long by tempests toss'd,
Arrived

My heart is what it was before,
A house where people come and go;
But it is winter with your love,