To England At The Outbreak Of The Balkan War By Alan Seeger

To England At The Outbreak Of The Balkan War A cloud has lowered that shall not soon pass o’er. The world takes sides: whether for…

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Sonnet 10 By Alan Seeger

Sonnet 10 I have sought Happiness, but it has been A lovely rainbow, baffling all pursuit, And tasted Pleasure, but it was a fruit More…

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Bellinglise By Alan Seeger

Bellinglise Deep in the sloping forest that surrounds The head of a green valley that I know, Spread the fair gardens and ancestral grounds Of…

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The Aisne By Alan Seeger

The Aisne We first saw fire on the tragic slopes Where the flood-tide of France’s early gain, Big with wrecked promise and abandoned hopes, Broke…

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Rendezvous By Alan Seeger

Rendezvous I have a rendezvous with Death At some disputed barricade, I have a rendezvous with Death At some disputed barricade, When Spring comes back…

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Sonnet Vi By Alan Seeger

Sonnet Vi Give me the treble of thy horns and hoofs, The ponderous undertones of ‘bus and tram, A garret and a glimpse across the…

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I Loved… By Alan Seeger

I Loved… I loved illustrious cities and the crowds That eddy through their incandescent nights. I loved remote horizons with far clouds Girdled, and fringed…

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Translations; Dante – Inferno, Canto Xxvi By Alan Seeger

Translations; Dante – Inferno, Canto Xxvi Florence, rejoice! For thou o’er land and sea So spread’st thy pinions that the fame of thee Hath reached…

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Sonnet 08 By Alan Seeger

Sonnet 08 Oh, love of woman, you are known to be A passion sent to plague the hearts of men; For every one you bring…

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At The Tomb Of Napoleon By Alan Seeger

At The Tomb Of Napoleon I stood beside his sepulchre whose fame, Hurled over Europe once on bolt and blast, Now glows far off as…

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The Nympholept By Alan Seeger

The Nympholept There was a boy — not above childish fears — With steps that faltered now and straining ears, Timid, irresolute, yet dauntless still,…

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On The Cliffs, Newport By Alan Seeger

On The Cliffs, Newport Tonight a shimmer of gold lies mantled o’er Smooth lovely Ocean. Through the lustrous gloom A savor steals from linden trees…

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Sonnet Vii By Alan Seeger

Sonnet Vii To me, a pilgrim on that journey bound Whose stations Beauty’s bright examples are, As of a silken city famed afar Over the…

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Eudaemon By Alan Seeger

Eudaemon O happiness, I know not what far seas, Blue hills and deep, thy sunny realms surround, That thus in Music’s wistful harmonies And concert…

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The Rendezvous By Alan Seeger

The Rendezvous He faints with hope and fear. It is the hour. Distant, across the thundering organ-swell, In sweet discord from the cathedral-tower, Fall the…

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Sonnet 11 By Alan Seeger

Sonnet 11 Apart sweet women (for whom Heaven be blessed), Comrades, you cannot think how thin and blue Look the leftovers of mankind that rest,…

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All That’s Not Love By Alan Seeger

All That’s Not Love All that’s not love is the dearth of my days, The leaves of the volume with rubric unwrit, The temple in…

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The Deserted Garden By Alan Seeger

The Deserted Garden I know a village in a far-off land Where from a sunny, mountain-girdled plain With tinted walls a space on either hand…

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Paris By Alan Seeger

Paris First, London, for its myriads; for its height, Manhattan heaped in towering stalagmite; But Paris for the smoothness of the paths That lead the…

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Sonnet Viii By Alan Seeger

Sonnet Viii Oft as by chance, a little while apart The pall of empty, loveless hours withdrawn, Sweet Beauty, opening on the impoverished heart, Beams…

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I Have A Rendezvous With Death By Alan Seeger

I Have A Rendezvous With Death I have a rendezvous with Death At some disputed barricade, When Spring comes back with rustling shade And apple-blossoms…

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The Torture Of Cuauhtemoc By Alan Seeger

The Torture Of Cuauhtemoc Their strength had fed on this when Death’s white arms Came sleeved in vapors and miasmal dew, Curling across the jungle’s…

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Sonnet 07 By Alan Seeger

Sonnet 07 There have been times when I could storm and plead, But you shall never hear me supplicate. These long months that have magnified…

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Antinous By Alan Seeger

Antinous Stretched on a sunny bank he lay at rest, Ferns at his elbow, lilies round his knees, With sweet flesh patterned where the cool…

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Sonnet Xiii By Alan Seeger

Sonnet Xiii I fancied, while you stood conversing there, Superb, in every attitude a queen, Her ermine thus Boadicea bare, So moved amid the multitude…

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On A Theme In The Greek Anthology By Alan Seeger

On A Theme In The Greek Anthology Thy petals yet are closely curled, Rose of the world, Around their scented, golden core; Nor yet has…

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Sonnet V By Alan Seeger

Sonnet V A tide of beauty with returning May Floods the fair city; from warm pavements fume Odors endeared; down avenues in bloom The chestnut-trees…

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Do You Remember Once By Alan Seeger

Do You Remember Once Do you remember once, in Paris of glad faces, The night we wandered off under the third moon’s rays And, leaving…

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Tithonus By Alan Seeger

Tithonus So when the verdure of his life was shed, With all the grace of ripened manlihead, And on his locks, but now so lovable,…

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Sonnet 06 By Alan Seeger

Sonnet 06 Oh, you are more desirable to me Than all I staked in an impulsive hour, Making my youth the sport of chance, to…

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After An Epigram Of Clement Marot By Alan Seeger

After An Epigram Of Clement Marot The lad I was I longer now Nor am nor shall be evermore. Spring’s lovely blossoms from my brow…

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Sonnet Xvi; Who Shall Invoke Her By Alan Seeger

Sonnet Xvi; Who Shall Invoke Her Who shall invoke her, who shall be her priest, With single rites the common debt to pay? On some…

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Ode In Memory Of The American Volunteers Fallen For France By Alan Seeger

Ode In Memory Of The American Volunteers Fallen For France (To have been read before the statue of Lafayette and Washington in Paris, on Decoration…

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Sonnet Ix By Alan Seeger

Sonnet Ix Amid the florid multitude her face Was like the full moon seen behind the lace Of orchard boughs where clouded blossoms part When…

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Fragments By Alan Seeger

Fragments In that fair capital where Pleasure, crowned Amidst her myriad courtiers, riots and rules, I too have been a suitor. Radiant eyes Were my…

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The Old Lowe House, Staten Island By Alan Seeger

The Old Lowe House, Staten Island Another prospect pleased the builder’s eye, And Fashion tenanted (where Fashion wanes) Here in the sorrowful suburban lanes When…

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Sonnet 05 By Alan Seeger

Sonnet 05 Seeing you have not come with me, nor spent This day’s suggestive beauty as we ought, I have gone forth alone and been…

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A Message To America By Alan Seeger

A Message To America You have the grit and the guts, I know; You are ready to answer blow for blow You are virile, combative,…

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Sonnet Xiv By Alan Seeger

Sonnet Xiv IT may be for the world of weeds and tares And dearth in Nature of sweet Beauty’s rose That oft as Fortune from…

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Maktoob By Alan Seeger

Maktoob A shell surprised our post one day And killed a comrade at my side. My heart was sick to see the way He suffered…

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Sonnet Iv By Alan Seeger

Sonnet Iv Up at his attic sill the South wind came And days of sun and storm but never peace. Along the town’s tumultuous arteries…

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El Extraviado By Alan Seeger

El Extraviado Over the radiant ridges borne out on the offshore wind, I have sailed as a butterfly sails whose priming wings unfurled Leave the…

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The Sultan’s Palace By Alan Seeger

The Sultan’s Palace My spirit only lived to look on Beauty’s face, As only when they clasp the arms seem served aright; As in their…

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Sonnet 04 By Alan Seeger

Sonnet 04 If I was drawn here from a distant place, ‘Twas not to pray nor hear our friend’s address, But, gazing once more on…

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An Ode To Antares By Alan Seeger

An Ode To Antares At dusk, when lowlands where dark waters glide Robe in gray mist, and through the greening hills The hoot-owl calls his…

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Sonnet Xv By Alan Seeger

Sonnet Xv Above the ruin of God’s holy place, Where man-forsaken lay the bleeding rood, Whose hands, when men had craved substantial food, Gave not,…

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Lyonesse By Alan Seeger

Lyonesse In Lyonesse was beauty enough, men say: Long Summer loaded the orchards to excess, And fertile lowlands lengthening far away, In Lyonesse. Came a…

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Vivien By Alan Seeger

Vivien Her eyes under their lashes were blue pools Fringed round with lilies; her bright hair unfurled Clothed her as sunshine clothes the summer world….

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Sonnet Iii By Alan Seeger

Sonnet Iii There was a youth around whose early way White angels hung in converse and sweet choir, Teaching in summer clouds his thought to…

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Coucy By Alan Seeger

Coucy The rooks aclamor when one enters here Startle the empty towers far overhead; Through gaping walls the summer fields appear, Green, tan, or, poppy-mingled,…

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The Wanderer By Alan Seeger

The Wanderer To see the clouds his spirit yearned toward so Over new mountains piled and unploughed waves, Back of old-storied spires and architraves To…

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Sonnet 03 By Alan Seeger

Sonnet 03 Why should you be astonished that my heart, Plunged for so long in darkness and in dearth, Should be revived by you, and…

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Sonnet Xii By Alan Seeger

Sonnet Xii Like as a dryad, from her native bole Coming at dusk, when the dim stars emerge, To a slow river at whose silent…

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Liebestod By Alan Seeger

Liebestod I who, conceived beneath another star, Had been a prince and played with life, instead Have been its slave, an outcast exiled far From…

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With A Copy Of Shakespeare’s Sonnets On Leaving College By Alan Seeger

With A Copy Of Shakespeare’s Sonnets On Leaving College As one of some fat tillage dispossessed, Weighing the yield of these four faded years, If…

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Sonnet Ii By Alan Seeger

Sonnet Ii Her courts are by the flux of flaming ways, Between the rivers and the illumined sky Whose fervid depths reverberate from on high…

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Ariosto. Orlando Furioso, Canto X, 91-99 By Alan Seeger

Ariosto. Orlando Furioso, Canto X, 91-99 Ruggiero, to amaze the British host, And wake more wonder in their wondering ranks, The bridle of his winged…

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The Need To Love By Alan Seeger

The Need To Love The need to love that all the stars obey Entered my heart and banished all beside. Bare were the gardens where…

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Sonnet 02 By Alan Seeger

Sonnet 02 Not that I always struck the proper mean Of what mankind must give for what they gain, But, when I think of those…

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Tezcotzinco By Alan Seeger

Tezcotzinco Though thou art now a ruin bare and cold, Thou wert sometime the garden of a king. The birds have sought a lovelier place…

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