The New Duckling By By Alfred Noyes

The New Duckling ‘I want to be new,’ said the duckling. ‘O, ho!’ said the wise old owl, While the guinea-hen cluttered off chuckling To…

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Shadows On The Down By By Alfred Noyes

Shadows On The Down When daffodils danced in Chuck Hatch, and white clouds Drew their own shadowy purple across the hills, Darkening the valley where…

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A Song Of Sherwood By By Alfred Noyes

A Song Of Sherwood Sherwood in the twilight, is Robin Hood awake? Grey and ghostly shadows are gliding through the brake, Shadows of the dappled…

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Unity By By Alfred Noyes

Unity I. Heart of my heart, the world is young; Love lies hidden in every rose! Every song that the skylark sung Once, we thought,…

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The Hills Of Youth By By Alfred Noyes

The Hills Of Youth Once, on the far blue hills, Alone with the pine and the cloud, in those high still places; Alone with a…

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Moving Through The Dew By By Alfred Noyes

Moving Through The Dew I Moving through the dew, moving through the dew, Ere I waken in the city—Life, thy dawn makes all things new!…

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The Sussex Sailor By By Alfred Noyes

The Sussex Sailor O, once, by Cuckmere Haven, I heard a sailor sing Of shores beyond the sunset, And lands of lasting spring, Of blue…

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The Companions By By Alfred Noyes

The Companions How few are they that voyage through the night On that eternal quest, For that strange light beyond our light, That rest beyond…

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Dead Man’s Morrice By By Alfred Noyes

Dead Man’s Morrice There came a crowder to the Mermaid Inn, One dark May night, Fiddling a tune that quelled our motley din, With quaint…

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The Old Fool In The Wood By By Alfred Noyes

The Old Fool In The Wood ‘If I could whisper you all I know,’ Said the Old Fool in the Wood, ‘You’d never say that…

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Republic And Motherland By By Alfred Noyes

Republic And Motherland (Written after entering New York Harbor at Daybreak) Up the vast harbor with the morning sun The ship swept in from sea;…

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A Prayer In Time Of War By By Alfred Noyes

A Prayer In Time Of War The war will change many things in art and life, and among them, it is to be hoped, many…

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To The R.A.F By By Alfred Noyes

To The R.A.F Never since English ships went out To singe the beard of Spain, Or English sea-dogs hunted death Along the Spanish Main, Never…

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The Little Roads By By Alfred Noyes

The Little Roads The great roads are all grown over That seemed so firm and white. The deep black forests have covered them. How should…

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Michael Oaktree By By Alfred Noyes

Michael Oaktree Under an arch of glorious leaves I passed Out of the wood and saw the sickle moon Floating in daylight o’er the pale…

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The Searchlights By By Alfred Noyes

The Searchlights Political morality differs from individual morality, because there is no power above the State. — General von Bernardi. Shadow by shadow, stripped for…

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The Admiral’s Ghost By By Alfred Noyes

The Admiral’s Ghost I tell you a tale to-night Which a seaman told to me, With eyes that gleamed in the lanthorn light And a…

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Daddy Fell Into The Pond. By By Alfred Noyes

Daddy Fell Into The Pond. Everyone grumbled. The sky was grey. We had nothing to do and nothing to say. We were nearing the end…

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The Old Grey Squirrel By By Alfred Noyes

The Old Grey Squirrel A great while ago there was a schoolboy who lived in a cottage by the sea, And the very first thing…

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Princeton, May, 1917 By By Alfred Noyes

Princeton, May, 1917 Here Freedom stood by slaughtered friend and foe, And, ere the wrath paled or that sunset died, Looked through the ages; then,…

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A New Madrigal To An Old Melody By By Alfred Noyes

A New Madrigal To An Old Melody (It is supposed that Shadow-of-a-Leaf uses the word ‘clear’ in a more ancient sense of ‘beautiful.’) As along…

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To A Successful Man By By Alfred Noyes

To A Successful Man (WHAT THE GHOSTS SAID.) And after all the labour and the pains, After the heaping up of gold on gold, After…

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The Highwayman By By Alfred Noyes

The Highwayman PART ONE I THE wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees, The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy…

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Memories Of The Pacific Coast By By Alfred Noyes

Memories Of The Pacific Coast I know a land, I, too, Where warm keen incense on the sea-wind blows, And all the winter long the…

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The Realms Of Gold By By Alfred Noyes

The Realms Of Gold (Written after hearing a line of Keats repeated by a passing stranger under the palms of Southern California.) Under the palms…

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Song By By Alfred Noyes

Song I came to the door of the House of Love And knocked as the starry night went by; And my true love cried “Who…

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Cotton-Wool By By Alfred Noyes

Cotton-Wool Shun the brush and shun the pen, Shun the ways of clever men, When they prove that black is white, Whey they swear that…

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The Moon Is Up By By Alfred Noyes

The Moon Is Up The moon is up, the stars are bright. the wind is fresh and free! We’re out to seek the gold tonight…

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Peace In A Palace By By Alfred Noyes

Peace In A Palace ‘You were weeping in the night,’ said the Emperor, ‘Weeping in your sleep, I am told.’ ‘It was nothing but a…

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A Loom Of Years By By Alfred Noyes

A Loom Of Years In the light of the silent stars that shine on the struggling sea, In the weary cry of the wind and…

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The Young Friar By By Alfred Noyes

The Young Friar When leaves broke out on the wild briar, And bells for matins rung, Sorrow came to the old friar – Hundreds of…

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The Ghost Of The New World By By Alfred Noyes

The Ghost Of The New World ‘_There are no ghosts in America._’ There are no ghosts, you say, To haunt her blaze of light; No…

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Kilmeny (A Song Of The Trawlers) By By Alfred Noyes

Kilmeny (A Song Of The Trawlers) Dark, dark, lay the drifters, against the red west, As they shot their long meshes of steel overside; And…

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The Reward Of Song By By Alfred Noyes

The Reward Of Song _Why do we make our music?_ Oh, blind dark strings reply: Because we dwell in a strange land And remember a…

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Sunlight And Sea By By Alfred Noyes

Sunlight And Sea Give me the sunlight and the sea And who shall take my heaven from me? Light of the Sun, Life of the…

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Compensations By By Alfred Noyes

Compensations Not with a flash that rends the blue Shall fall the avenging sword. Gently as the evening dew Descends the mighty Lord. His dreadful…

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The Matin-Song Of Friar Tuck By By Alfred Noyes

The Matin-Song Of Friar Tuck I. If souls could sing to heaven’s high King As blackbirds pipe on earth, How those delicious courts would ring…

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Peace By By Alfred Noyes

Peace Give me the pulse of the tide again And the slow lapse of the leaves, The rustling gold of a field of grain And…

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Wireless By By Alfred Noyes

Wireless. Now to those who search the deep, Gleam of Hope and Kindly Light, Once, before you turn to sleep, Breathe a message through the…

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Touchstone On A Bus By By Alfred Noyes

Touchstone On A Bus Last night I rode with Touchstone on a bus From Ludgate Hill to World’s End. It was he! Despite the broadcloth…

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The Elfin Artist By By Alfred Noyes

The Elfin Artist In a glade of an elfin forest When Sussex was Eden-new, I came on an elvish painter And watched as his picture…

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Immortal Sails By By Alfred Noyes

Immortal Sails Now, in a breath, we’ll burst those gates of gold, And ransack heaven before our moment fails. Now, in a breath, before we,…

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The People’s Fleet By By Alfred Noyes

The People’s Fleet OUT of her darkened fishing-ports they go, A fleet of little ships, whose every name – Daffodil, Sea-lark, Rose and Surf and…

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Slave And Emperor By By Alfred Noyes

Slave And Emperor ‘Our cavalry have rescued Nazareth from the enemy whose supermen described Christianity as a creed for slaves.’ The Emperor mocked at Nazareth…

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Beethoven In Central Park By By Alfred Noyes

Beethoven In Central Park (After a glimpse of a certain monument in New York, during the Victory Celebration) The thousand-windowed towers were all alight. Throngs…

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The Man Who Discovered The Use Of A Chair By By Alfred Noyes

The Man Who Discovered The Use Of A Chair The man who discovered the use of a chair, _Odds–bobs– What a wonderful man!_ He used…

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On The Western Front By By Alfred Noyes

On The Western Front I I found a dreadful acre of the dead, Marked with the only sign on earth that saves. The wings of…

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Victory By By Alfred Noyes

Victory I. Before those golden altar-lights we stood, Each one of us remembering his own dead. A more than earthly beauty seemed to brood On…

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The Vindictive By By Alfred Noyes

The Vindictive How should we praise those lads of the old Vindictive Who looked Death straight in the eyes, Till his gaze fell, In those…

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The Escape Of The Old Grey Squirrel By By Alfred Noyes

The Escape Of The Old Grey Squirrel Old Grey Squirrel might have been Almost anything – Might have been a soldier, sailor, Tinker, tailor (Never…

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Five Critcisms By By Alfred Noyes

Five Critcisms I. (_On many recent novels by the conventional unconventionalists_.) Old Pantaloon, lean-witted, dour and rich, After grim years of soul-destroying greed, Weds Columbine,…

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The Old Meeting House By By Alfred Noyes

The Old Meeting House Its quiet graves were made for peace till Gabriel blows his horn. Those wise old elms could hear no cry Of…

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Sherwood By By Alfred Noyes

Sherwood Sherwood in the twilight, is Robin Hood awake? Grey and ghostly shadows are gliding through the brake; Shadows of the dappled deer, dreaming of…

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At Dawn By By Alfred Noyes

At Dawn O Hesper-Phosphor, far away Shining, the first, the last white star, Hear’st thou the strange, the ghostly cry, That moan of an ancient…

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The Lost Battle By By Alfred Noyes

The Lost Battle It is not over yet-the fight Where those immortal dreamers failed. They stormed the citadels of night, And the night praised them-and…

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On A Mountain Top By By Alfred Noyes

On A Mountain Top On this high altar, fringed with ferns That darken against the sky, The dawn in lonely beauty burns And all our…

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Veterans By By Alfred Noyes

Veterans When the last charge sounds And the battle thunders o’er the plain, Thunders o’er the trenches where the red streams flow, Will it not…

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The Union By By Alfred Noyes

The Union You that have gathered together the sons of all races, And welded them into one, Lifting the torch of your Freedom on hungering…

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The Double Fortress By By Alfred Noyes

The Double Fortress Time, wouldst thou hurt us? Never shall we grow old. Break as thou wilt these bodies of blind clay, Thou canst not…

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Fishers Of Men By By Alfred Noyes

Fishers Of Men Long, long ago, He said, He who could wake the dead And walk upon the sea- ‘Come, follow Me. Leave your brown…

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