Endymion. By Adelaide Crapsey

Endymion. ‘Let me be young,’ the Latmian shepherd prayed, ‘And let me have on night-time hills long sleep;’ Whom she of Cynthus saw, Heaven’s crowne`d…

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Rapunzel By Adelaide Crapsey

Rapunzel All day, all day I brush My golden strands of hair; All day I wait and wait.. Ah, who is there? Who calls? Who…

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Aubade By Adelaide Crapsey

Aubade The morning is new and the skies are fresh washed with light, The day cometh in with the sun and I awake laughing. Hasten,…

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My Birds That Fly No Longer By Adelaide Crapsey

My Birds That Fly No Longer Have yet forgot, sweet birds, How near the heaven’s lie? Drooping, sick-pinion’d, oh Have yet forgot the sky? The…

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The Mother Exultant By Adelaide Crapsey

The Mother Exultant Joy! Joy! Joy! The hills are glad, The valleys re-echo with merriment, In my heart is the sound of laughter, And my…

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Dirge By Adelaide Crapsey

Dirge Never the nightingale, Oh, my dear, Never again the lark Thou wilt hear; Though dusk and the morning still Tap at thy window-sill, Though…

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Tears. By Adelaide Crapsey

Tears. The immemorial grief of all years Burdes my heart sorely, and the years Of slow eternal crying stain my cheeks. Forever and forever my…

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Vendor’s Song By Adelaide Crapsey

Vendor’s Song My songs to sell, sweet maid! I pray you buy. Here’s one will win a lady’s tears, Here’s one will make her gay,…

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Mad Song By Adelaide Crapsey

Mad Song Grey gaolers are my griefs That will not let me free; The bitterness of tears Is warder unto me. I may not leap…

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The Lonely Death By Adelaide Crapsey

The Lonely Death In the cold I will rise, I will bathe In waters of ice; myself Will shiver, and shrive myself, Alone in the…

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Doom By Adelaide Crapsey

Doom Peter stands by the gate, And Michael by the throne. ‘Peter, I would pass the gate And come before the throne.’ ‘Whose spirit prayed…

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Song By Adelaide Crapsey

Song I make my shroud, but no one knows — So shimmering fine it is and fair, With stitches set in even rows, I make…

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To The Dead In The Grave-Yard Under My Window By Adelaide Crapsey

To The Dead In The Grave-Yard Under My Window How can you lie so still? All day I watch And never a blade of all…

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John-A-Dreams By Adelaide Crapsey

John-A-Dreams — A laggard in the rear of time’s swift feet, And one who loiters on an aimless way Through lands he knows not; lured…

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The Event. By Adelaide Crapsey

The Event. Lo, how they weave – the imperturbable three – Those threads that are my destiny: Steadily at the eternal task they’re bent Industrious…

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Cradle Song By Adelaide Crapsey

Cradle Song Madonna, Madonnina Sat by the grey road-side, Saint Joseph her beside, And Our Lord at her breast; Oh they were fain to rest,…

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Rose-Mary Of The Angels By Adelaide Crapsey

Rose-Mary Of The Angels Little Sister Rose-Marie, Will thy feet as willing-light Run through Paradise, I wonder, As they run the blue skies under, Willing…

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Warning To The Mighty By Adelaide Crapsey

Warning To The Mighty Ere the horne’d owl hoot Once and twice and thrice there shall Go among the blind brown worms News of thy…

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Lo, All The Way By Adelaide Crapsey

Lo, All The Way Lo, All the Way, Look you, I said, the clouds will break, the sky Grow clear, the road Be easier for…

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The Fiddler By Adelaide Crapsey

The Fiddler ‘There’s be no roof to shelter you; You’ll have no where to lay your head. And who will get your food for you?…

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Cinquains By Adelaide Crapsey

Cinquains Fate Defied As it Were tissue of silver I’ll wear, O fate, thy grey, And go mistily radiant, clad Like the moon. Night Winds…

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The Crucifixion By Adelaide Crapsey

The Crucifixion And the centurion who stood by said: Truly this was a son of God. Not long ago but everywhere I go There is…

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The Witch By Adelaide Crapsey

The Witch When I was girl by Nilus stream I watched the deserts stars arise; My lover, he who dreamed the Sphinx, Learned all his…

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Milking Time By Adelaide Crapsey

Milking Time Heard ye the maidens Went through the meadows, Early, O, early, While yet the dew was Wet on the grass? Heard ye the…

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The Cry Of The Nymph To Eros By Adelaide Crapsey

The Cry Of The Nymph To Eros Hear thou my lamentation, Eros, Aphrodite’s son! My heart is broken and my days are done. Where the…

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Chimes By Adelaide Crapsey

Chimes (1) The rose new-opening saith, And the dew of the morning saith, (Fallen leaves and vanished dew) Remember death. Ding dong bell Ding dong…

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The Companions By Adelaide Crapsey

The Companions Three grey women walk with me Fate and Grief and Memory. My fate brought grief; my grief must be With me through Eternity,…

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The Saying Of Il Haboul By Adelaide Crapsey

The Saying Of Il Haboul Guardian Of The Treasure Of Solomon And Keeper Of the Prophet’s Armour My tent A vapour that The wind dispels…

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John Keats By Adelaide Crapsey

John Keats Meet thou the event And terrible happening of Thine end: for thou are come Upon the remote, cold place Of ultimate dissolution and…

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Autumn By Adelaide Crapsey

Autumn Fugitive, wistful, Pausing at edge of her going, Autumn, the maiden, turns, Leans to the earth with ineffable Gesture. Ah, more than Spring’s skies…

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Oh Lady, Let The Sad Tears Fall By Adelaide Crapsey

Oh Lady, Let The Sad Tears Fall Oh Lady, let the sad tears fall To speak thy pain, Gently as through the silver dusk The…

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The Properly Scholarly Attitude By Adelaide Crapsey

The Properly Scholarly Attitude The poet pursues his beautiful theme; The preacher his golden beatitude; And I run after a vanishing dream— The glittering, will-o’-the-wispish…

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Incantation. By Adelaide Crapsey

Incantation. O mia Luna! Porta mi fortuna! (You must say it nine times, curtseying, and then wish.) In rose-pale, fading blue of twilight sky, See,…

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Birth-Moment By Adelaide Crapsey

Birth-Moment Behold her, Running through the waves Eager to reach the land; The water laps her, Sun and wind are on her, Healthy, brine-drenched and…

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Pierrot By Adelaide Crapsey

Pierrot For Aubrey Beardsley’s picture Pierrot is dying: Tiptoe in, Finger touched to lip, Harlequin, Columbine and Clown. Hugh! how still he lies In his…

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The Parting. By Adelaide Crapsey

The Parting. Was it love breathed on us as on the skies Dawn breathes for a short space and then is fled; Or loved we…

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Harvester’s Song By Adelaide Crapsey

Harvester’s Song Reap, reap the grain and gather The sweet grapes from the vine; Our Lord’s mother is weeping, She hath nor bread nor wine;…

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Avis By Adelaide Crapsey

Avis Avis, the fair, at dawn Rose lightly from her bed, Herself arrayed, Avis, the fait, the maid, In vestiment of lawn; Across the fields…

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Narcissus By Adelaide Crapsey

Narcissus ‘Boy, lying Where the long grass Edges the pool’s brim, What do you watch There in the water? The blue Colour of Heaven Mirrored,…

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The Mourner By Adelaide Crapsey

The Mourner I have no heart for noon-tide and the sun, But I will take me where more tender night Shakes, fold on fold, her…

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Hypnos, God Of Sleep By Adelaide Crapsey

Hypnos, God Of Sleep The shadowy boy of night Crosses the dusking land; He sows his poppy-seeds With steady, gentle hand. The shadowy boy of…

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Angelique By Adelaide Crapsey

Angelique A flickering light near spent Her pale hand bore. Have you seen Angelique? Will she know the place Dead feet must find, The grave-cloth…

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Night By Adelaide Crapsey

Night I have minded me Of the noon-day brightness, And the cricket’s drowsy Singing in the sunshine. . I have minded me Of the slim…

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The Plaint By Adelaide Crapsey

The Plaint Musicians O Musicians: Heartsease Heartsease: an you will have me live play heartsease. Light wind in the small green leaves Play, oh play,…

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Fresher By Adelaide Crapsey

Fresher Than spring’s new scents The winter’s earliest wind Blows from the hills the first faint breath Of Snow. Why have I thought the dew…

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As I Went By Adelaide Crapsey

As I Went As I went, as I went Over the mountains, I heard, I heard, Through cloud-wreath and mist, A hound that was baying…

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Perfume Of Youth By Adelaide Crapsey

Perfume Of Youth (Girl’s Song) In Babylon, in Nineveh, And long ago, and far away, The lilies and the lotus blew That are my sweet…

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The Monk In The Garden By Adelaide Crapsey

The Monk In The Garden He comes from Mass early in the morning The sky’s the very blue Madonna wears; The air’s alive with gold!…

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