To A Friend Lost (Tom Taylor) By George Meredith

To A Friend Lost (Tom Taylor) When I remember, friend, whom lost I call, Because a man beloved is taken hence, The tender humour and…

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The Rape Of Aurora By George Meredith

The Rape Of Aurora Never, O never, Since dewy sweet Flora Was ravished by Zephyr, Was such a thing heard In the valleys so hollow!…

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The Flower Of The Ruins By George Meredith

The Flower Of The Ruins Take thy lute and sing By the ruined castle walls, Where the torrent-foam falls, And long weeds wave: Take thy…

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Song (Untitled #3) By George Meredith

Song (Untitled #3) Fair and false! No dawn will greet Thy waking beauty as of old; The little flower beneath thy feet Is alien to…

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Modern Love Xxxviii Give To Imagination By George Meredith

Modern Love Xxxviii Give To Imagination Give to imagination some pure light In human form to fix it, or you shame The devils with that…

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Modern Love Xli How Many A Thing By George Meredith

Modern Love Xli How Many A Thing How many a thing which we cast to the ground, When others pick it up becomes a gem!…

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Love In The Valley By George Meredith

Love In The Valley Under yonder beech-tree single on the green-sward, Couched with her arms behind her golden head, Knees and tresses folded to slip…

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Continued – Ii By George Meredith

Continued – Ii Oracle of the market! thence you drew The taste which stamped you guide of the inept. – A North-sea pilot, Hildebrand yclept,…

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A Garden Idyl By George Meredith

A Garden Idyl With sagest craft Arachne worked Her web, and at a corner lurked, Awaiting what should plump her soon, To case it in…

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Young Reynard By George Meredith

Young Reynard I Gracefullest leaper, the dappled fox-cub Curves over brambles with berries and buds, Light as a bubble that flies from the tub, Whisked…

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The Wild Rose By George Meredith

The Wild Rose High climbs June’s wild rose, Her bush all blooms in a swarm; And swift from the bud she blows, In a day…

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The Poetry Of Coleridge By George Meredith

The Poetry Of Coleridge A brook glancing under green leaves, self-delighting, exulting, And full of a gurgling melody ever renewed – Renewed thro’ all changes…

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The Day Of The Daughter Of Hades By George Meredith

The Day Of The Daughter Of Hades I He who has looked upon Earth Deeper than flower and fruit, Losing some hue of his mirth,…

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Phantasy By George Meredith

Phantasy I Within a Temple of the Toes, Where twirled the passionate Wili, I saw full many a market rose, And sighed for my village…

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Modern Love Xxvii Distraction Is The Panacea By George Meredith

Modern Love Xxvii Distraction Is The Panacea Distraction is the panacea, Sir! I hear my oracle of Medicine say. Doctor! that same specific yesterday I…

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Modern Love Vi It Chanced His Lips Did Meet By George Meredith

Modern Love Vi It Chanced His Lips Did Meet It chanced his lips did meet her forehead cool. She had no blush, but slanted down…

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Hymn To Colour By George Meredith

Hymn To Colour I With Life and Death I walked when Love appeared, And made them on each side a shadow seem. Through wooded vales…

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Beauty Rothraut (From Moricke) By George Meredith

Beauty Rothraut (From Moricke) What is the name of King Ringang’s daughter? Rohtraut, Beauty Rohtraut! And what does she do the livelong day, Since she…

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Will O’ The Wisp By George Meredith

Will O’ The Wisp Follow me, follow me, Over brake and under tree, Thro’ the bosky tanglery, Brushwood and bramble! Follow me, follow me, Laugh…

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The South-Wester By George Meredith

The South-Wester Day of the cloud in fleets! O day Of wedded white and blue, that sail Immingled, with a footing ray In shadow-sandals down…

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The Longest Day By George Meredith

The Longest Day On yonder hills soft twilight dwells And Hesper burns where sunset dies, Moist and chill the woodland smells From the fern-covered hollows…

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Song (Untitled #12) By George Meredith

Song (Untitled #12) Should thy love die; O bury it not under ice-blue eyes! And lips that deny, With a scornful surprise, The life it…

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On The Tombstone Of James Christopher Wilson (D. April 11, 1884) In Headley Churchyard, Surrey By George Meredith

On The Tombstone Of James Christopher Wilson (D. April 11, 1884) In Headley Churchyard, Surrey Thou our beloved and light of Earth hast crossed The…

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Modern Love Xvi In Our Old Shipwrecked Days By George Meredith

Modern Love Xvi In Our Old Shipwrecked Days In our old shipwrecked days there was an hour, When in the firelight steadily aglow, Joined slackly,…

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Meditation Under Stars By George Meredith

Meditation Under Stars What links are ours with orbs that are So resolutely far: The solitary asks, and they Give radiance as from a shield:…

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England Before The Storm By George Meredith

England Before The Storm I The day that is the night of days, With cannon-fire for sun ablaze We spy from any billow’s lift; And…

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Alsace-Lorraine By George Meredith

Alsace-Lorraine I The sister Hours in circles linked, Daughters of men, of men the mates, Are gone on flow with the day that winked, With…

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To A Nightingale By George Meredith

To A Nightingale O nightingale! how hast thou learnt The note of the nested dove? While under thy bower the fern hangs burnt And no…

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The Question Whither By George Meredith

The Question Whither I When we have thrown off this old suit, So much in need of mending, To sink among the naked mute, Is…

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The Garden Of Epicurus By George Meredith

The Garden Of Epicurus That Garden of sedate Philosophy Once flourished, fenced from passion and mishap, A shining spot upon a shaggy map; Where mind…

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Song (Untitled #4) By George Meredith

Song (Untitled #4) Two wedded lovers watched the rising moon, That with her strange mysterious beauty glowing, Over misty hills and waters flowing, Crowned the…

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Modern Love Xxxvii Along The Garden Terrace By George Meredith

Modern Love Xxxvii Along The Garden Terrace Along the garden terrace, under which A purple valley (lighted at its edge By smoky torch-flame on the…

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Modern Love Xl I Bade My Lady Think By George Meredith

Modern Love Xl I Bade My Lady Think I bade my Lady think what she might mean. Know I my meaning, I? Can I love…

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London By Lamplight By George Meredith

London By Lamplight There stands a singer in the street, He has an audience motley and meet; Above him lowers the London night, And around…

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Clash In Arms Of The Achaians And Trojans By George Meredith

Clash In Arms Of The Achaians And Trojans [Iliad, B. XIV. V. 394] Not the sea-wave so bellows abroad when it bursts upon shingle, Whipped…

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A Faith On Trial By George Meredith

A Faith On Trial On the morning of May, Ere the children had entered my gate With their wreaths and mechanical lay, A metal ding-dong…

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Winter Heavens By George Meredith

Winter Heavens Sharp is the night, but stars with frost alive Leap off the rim of earth across the dome. It is a night to…

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The Voyage Of The ‘Ophir’ By George Meredith

The Voyage Of The ‘Ophir’ Men of our race, we send you one Round whom Victoria’s holy name Is halo from the sunken sun Of…

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The Poetry Of Chaucer By George Meredith

The Poetry Of Chaucer Grey with all honours of age! but fresh-featured and ruddy As dawn when the drowsy farm-yard has thrice heard Chaunticlere. Tender…

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The Beggar’s Soliloquy By George Meredith

The Beggar’s Soliloquy I Now, this, to my notion, is pleasant cheer, To lie all alone on a ragged heath, Where your nose isn’t sniffing…

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Phoebus With Admetus By George Meredith

Phoebus With Admetus WHEN by Zeus relenting the mandate was revoked,    Sentencing to exile the bright Sun-God, Mindful were the ploughmen of who the steer…

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Modern Love Xxx What Are We First By George Meredith

Modern Love Xxx What Are We First What are we first? First, animals; and next Intelligences at a leap; on whom Pale lies the distant…

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Modern Love L Thus Piteously Love By George Meredith

Modern Love L Thus Piteously Love Thus piteously Love closed what he begat: The union of this ever-diverse pair! These two were rapid falcons in…

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Il Y A Cent Ans By George Meredith

Il Y A Cent Ans That march of the funereal Past behold; How Glory sat on Bondage for its throne; How men, like dazzled insects,…

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Atkins By George Meredith

Atkins Yonder’s the man with his life in his hand, Legs on the march for whatever the land, Or to the slaughter, or to the…

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Trafalgar Day By George Meredith

Trafalgar Day He leads: we hear our Seaman’s call In the roll of battles won; For he is Britain’s Admiral Till setting of her sun….

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The Spirit Of Shakespeare By George Meredith

The Spirit Of Shakespeare Thy greatest knew thee, Mother Earth; unsoured He knew thy sons. He probed from hell to hell Of human passions, but…

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The Lesson Of Grief By George Meredith

The Lesson Of Grief Not ere the bitter herb we taste, Which ages thought of happy times, To plant us in a weeping waste, Rings…

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Song (Untitled #13) By George Meredith

Song (Untitled #13) Under boughs of breathing May, In the mild spring-time I lay, Lonely, for I had no love; And the sweet birds all…

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On Como By George Meredith

On Como A rainless darkness drew o’er the lake As we lay in our boat with oars unshipped. It seemed neither cloud nor water awake,…

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Modern Love Xv I Think She Sleeps By George Meredith

Modern Love Xv I Think She Sleeps I think she sleeps: it must be sleep, when low Hangs that abandoned arm toward the floor; The…

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Marshalling Of The Achaians By George Meredith

Marshalling Of The Achaians [Iliad, B. II V. 455] Like as a terrible fire feeds fast on a forest enormous, Up on a mountain height,…

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Empdeocles By George Meredith

Empdeocles I He leaped. With none to hinder, Of Aetna’s fiery scoriae In the next vomit-shower, made he A more peculiar cinder. And this great…

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A Stave Of Roving Tim By George Meredith

A Stave Of Roving Tim (ADDRESSED TO CERTAIN FRIENDLY TRAMPS.) I The wind is East, the wind is West, Blows in and out of haven;…

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Time And Sentiment By George Meredith

Time And Sentiment I see a fair young couple in a wood, And as they go, one bends to take a flower, That so may…

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The Point Of Taste By George Meredith

The Point Of Taste Unhappy poets of a sunken prime! You to reviewers are as ball to bat. They shadow you with Homer, knock you…

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The Empty Purse–A Sermon To Our Later Prodigal Son By George Meredith

The Empty Purse–A Sermon To Our Later Prodigal Son Thou, run to the dry on this wayside bank, Too plainly of all the propellers bereft!…

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Society By George Meredith

Society Historic be the survey of our kind, And how their brave Society took shape. Lion, wolf, vulture, fox, jackal and ape, The strong of…

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Modern Love Xxxvi My Lady Unto Madam By George Meredith

Modern Love Xxxvi My Lady Unto Madam My Lady unto Madam makes her bow. The charm of women is, that even while You’re probed by…

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Modern Love Xix No State Is Enviable By George Meredith

Modern Love Xix No State Is Enviable No state is enviable. To the luck alone Of some few favoured men I would put claim. I…

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