The Kind Word By Ada Cambridge

The Kind Word Speak kindly, wife; the little ones will grow Fairest and straightest in the warmest sun. We talk so often of the seed…

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Listening By Ada Cambridge

Listening 1. When earth’s winter bareness Feels the April rain, All her summer fairness Comes to life again. So my spirit quickens to that magic…

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At Long Last By Ada Cambridge

At Long Last Late, late the prize is drawn, the goal attained, The Heart’s Desire fulfilled, Love’s guerdon gained. Wealth’s use is past, Fame’s crown…

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This Enlightened Age By Ada Cambridge

This Enlightened Age I Say it to myself—in meekest awe Of Progress, electricity and steam, Of this almighty age—this liberal age, That has no time…

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Sic Vos Non Vobis By Ada Cambridge

Sic Vos Non Vobis Ye, that the untrod paths have braved, With heart and brain unbound; Who ask not that your souls be saved, But…

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Good Night By Ada Cambridge

Good Night 1. Love, thou hast wandered far and wide, But here thy wanderings cease; Thy long- sought mate is by thy side, And thou…

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A Lesson By Ada Cambridge

A Lesson 1. I know now why the world was sad, With so much good to make it glad; Why all things loveliest and best…

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The Resting-Place By Ada Cambridge

The Resting-Place “Because I live, ye shall live also.” Calmly the Paschal moonlight now is sleeping On mossy hillock and on headstone grey, Where still…

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On Australian Hills By Ada Cambridge

On Australian Hills Earth, outward tuning on her path in space This pensive southern face, Swathing its smile and shine In that soft veil that…

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Dead By Ada Cambridge

Dead “ON board the Petrel, in St. Lucia’s bay, Of yellow fever—agèd twenty-nine.” “Who did you say, my lady?” drawled the Earl. “The duke—what duke?”…

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The Hands That Hang Down By Ada Cambridge

The Hands That Hang Down O lord, I am so tired! My heart is sick and sore. I work, and work, and do no good—…

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Learn By Ada Cambridge

Learn Learn, learn, learn,— Our beautiful world is not a field for sheep; Not just a place wherein to laugh and weep, To eat and…

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After Our Likeness. By Ada Cambridge

After Our Likeness. Before me now a little picture lies— A little shadow of a childish face, Childishly sweet, yet with the dawning grace Of…

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To-Morrow By Ada Cambridge

To-Morrow The lighthouse shines across the sea; The homing fieldfares sing for glee: ‘Behold the shore!’ Alas for shattered wing and breast! The lighthouse breakers…

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Seeking By Ada Cambridge

Seeking Bright eyes, sweet lips, with sudden fevers fill My strong blood, running wildly, as it must; But lips and eyes too soon beget distrust….

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Good-Bye By Ada Cambridge

Good-Bye Good-bye! — ’tis like a churchyard bell — good-bye!    Poor weeping eyes! Poor head, bowed down with woe!    Kiss me again, dear love, before…

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A Dream Of Venice By Ada Cambridge

A Dream Of Venice NUMB, half asleep, and dazed with whirl of wheels, And gasp of steam, and measured clank of chains, I heard a…

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The Physical Conscience By Ada Cambridge

The Physical Conscience The moral conscience — court of last appeal — Our word of God — our Heaven- sent light and guide — From…

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Ordained By Ada Cambridge

Ordained 1. THROUGH jewelled windows in the walls The tempered daylight smiles, And solemn music swells and falls Adown these stately aisles; Beneath that carven…

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Cui Bono By Ada Cambridge

Cui Bono 1. Why should we care for storms that rave and rend, Safe at our household hearth? Unknowing whence we came, or where we…

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The Hand In The Dark By Ada Cambridge

The Hand In The Dark How calm the spangled city spread below! How cool the night! How fair the starry skies! How sweet the dewy…

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Influence By Ada Cambridge

Influence As in the deeps of embryonic night, Out of unfathomable obscurities Of Nature’s womb, the little life-germs rise, Pushing and pulsing upward to the…

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Afar Off By Ada Cambridge

Afar Off 1. Is it a will o’ the wisp, or is dawn breaking, That our horizon wears so strange a hue? Is it but…

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Tired By Ada Cambridge

Tired O For wings! that I might soar A little way above the floor, A little way beyond the roar— A little nearer to the…

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Shadow And Substance By Ada Cambridge

Shadow And Substance What have we lost with our lost Heaven and Hell? Have sacred faith and worship come to naught? Is life no more…

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Fashion By Ada Cambridge

Fashion See those resplendent creatures, as they glide O’er scarlet carpet, between footmen tall, From sumptuous carriage to effulgent hall – A dazzling vision in…

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What Of The Night By Ada Cambridge

What Of The Night To you, who look below,    Where little candles glow — Who listen in a narrow street, Confused with noise of passing…

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The Old Manor House By Ada Cambridge

The Old Manor House AN old house, crumbling half away, all barnacled and lichen-grown, Of saddest, mellowest, softest grey,—with a grand history of its own—…

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Outcast By Ada Cambridge

Outcast Perchance for dear Life’s sake – and life is sweet – When work had failed and roads were deep in snow, And this meant…

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Craven-Heart By Ada Cambridge

Craven-Heart Those anguished voices in the air! Oh, I could shriek and tear my hair In rage, rebellion and despair. But what is one, amid…

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The Future Verdict By Ada Cambridge

The Future Verdict How will our unborn children scoff at us In the good years to come, The happier ears to come, Because, like driven…

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Individuality By Ada Cambridge

Individuality Phew! ‘T’is a stuffy and a stupid place, This social edifice by Custom wrought – This fenced enclosure wherein all are caught, The great…

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A Wife’s Protest By Ada Cambridge

A Wife’s Protest 1. Like a white snowdrop in the spring From child to girl I grew, And thought no thought, and heard no word…

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The Winged Mariners By Ada Cambridge

The Winged Mariners Through the wild night, the silence and the dark, Through league on league of the uncharted sky, Lonelier than dove of fable…

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Seed-Time And Harvest By Ada Cambridge

Seed-Time And Harvest “Thou waterest her furrows, thou sendest rain into the little valleys thereof; thou makest it soft with the drops of rain, and…

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Fallen By Ada Cambridge

Fallen For want of bread to eat and clothes to wear — Because work failed and streets were deep in snow, And this meant food…

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Wasted By Ada Cambridge

Wasted Each day another soldier in the van, Each day a new young worker in the fields, And every day more plenteous harvest-yields From human…

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The Night By Ada Cambridge

The Night II Watchman, what of the night? See you a streak of light? Whither, O Captain of the quest, The course we steer for…

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Nightfall In The Fens By Ada Cambridge

Nightfall In The Fens 1. One hour ago the red- hot sun below the bright horizon sank. The long midsummer day is done. Our boat…

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Contentment By Ada Cambridge

Contentment Is it a virtue, as the sages say, The ‘trivial round and common task’ to ply, And for no wider walk of life to…

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The Easter Decorations By Ada Cambridge

The Easter Decorations O take away your dried and painted garlands! The snow-cloth’s fallen from each quicken’d brow, The stone’s rolled off the sepulchre of…

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In Memoriam By Ada Cambridge

In Memoriam “He asked life of thee, and thou gavest him a long life, even for ever and ever.” Life—length of days—the time to work…

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Advent Hymn By Ada Cambridge

Advent Hymn Another mile—a year Pass’d by for ever! And the warnings swell From upper heaven to darkest depths of hell,— O we are drawing…

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The Watchman By Ada Cambridge

The Watchman I Through jewelled windows in the walls The tender daylight smiles; Majestic music swells and falls Adown the stately aisles; Shadows of carven…

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Responsibility By Ada Cambridge

Responsibility Why are our ideals hid from hostile eyes As boys in school hide toys from master’s view? Let them be real as we believe…

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Faith By Ada Cambridge

Faith And is the great cause lost beyond recall?    Have all the hopes of ages come to naught?    Is life no more with noble meaning…

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Vows By Ada Cambridge

Vows Nay, ask me not. I would not dare pretend To constant passion and a life-long trust. They will desert thee, if indeed they must….

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The Old Maid’s Story By Ada Cambridge

The Old Maid’s Story Ay, many and many a year’s gone by, Since the dawn of that day in spring, When we met in the…

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Mirage By Ada Cambridge

Mirage Is it a will-o’-the-wisp, or is dawn breaking, That our horizon wears so strange a hue? Is it but one more dream, or are…

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By The Camp Fire By Ada Cambridge

By The Camp Fire Ah, ’twas but now I saw the sun flush pink on yonder placid tide; The purple hill-tops, one by one, were…

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The Dawn Of God’s Sabbath By Ada Cambridge

The Dawn Of God’s Sabbath The dawn of God’s dear Sabbath Breaks o’er the earth again, As some sweet summer morning After a night of…

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I Dare Not By Ada Cambridge

I Dare Not 1. I hear strange voices in the air. My pulses leap, I tear my hair In rage, rebellion, and despair; Yet dare…

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A Street Riot By Ada Cambridge

A Street Riot Poor, hapless souls! at whom we stand aghast, As at invading armies sweeping by — As strange to haggard face and desperate…

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The Virgin Martyr By Ada Cambridge

The Virgin Martyr Every wild she-bird has nest and mate in the warm April weather, But a captive woman, made for love — no mate,…

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Recollection By Ada Cambridge

Recollection Awawe-worn boulder, with green sea-moss wrapping A silken mantle o’er its jagged sides; And silvery, seething waters softly lapping Through gulfs and channels hollow’d…

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Evensong By Ada Cambridge

Evensong The sun has set; grey shadows darken slowly The rose-red cloud-hills that were bathed in light. O Lord, to Thee, with spirit meek and…

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Unstrung By Ada Cambridge

Unstrung My skies were blue, and my sun was bright, And, with fingers tender and strong and light, He woke up the music that slept…

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The Mob By Ada Cambridge

The Mob Why stand dumbfounded and aghast, As at invading armies sweeping by, Surprised by haggard face and threatening cry, The storm unheralded, that rose…

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Midnight By Ada Cambridge

Midnight 1. The night is clear and still. The moon rides high. The green leaves whisper where the soft winds blow. Above, the stars shine…

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By A Norfolk Broad By Ada Cambridge

By A Norfolk Broad One hour ago the crimson sun, that seemed so long a-drowning, sank. The summer day is all but done. Our boat…

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