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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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Sonnet Viii Oft as by chance, a little while apart The pall of empty, loveless hours withdrawn, Sweet Beauty, opening on the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …