Tardy Spring By George Meredith

Tardy Spring Now the North wind ceases, The warm South-west awakes; Swift fly the fleeces, Thick the blossom-flakes. Now hill to hill has made the…

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Pastorals By George Meredith

Pastorals I How sweet on sunny afternoons, For those who journey light and well, To loiter up a hilly rise Which hides the prospect far…

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Modern Love Xxii What May The Woman By George Meredith

Modern Love Xxii What May The Woman What may the woman labour to confess? There is about her mouth a nervous twitch. ‘Tis something to…

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Modern Love Iii This Was The Woman By George Meredith

Modern Love Iii This Was The Woman This was the woman; what now of the man? But pass him. If he comes beneath a heel,…

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Hard Weather By George Meredith

Hard Weather Bursts from a rending East in flaws The young green leaflet’s harrier, sworn To strew the garden, strip the shaws, And show our…

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Appreciation By George Meredith

Appreciation Earth was not Earth before her sons appeared, Nor Beauty Beauty ere young Love was born: And thou when I lay hidden wast as…

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To Robin Redbreast By George Meredith

To Robin Redbreast Merrily ‘mid the faded leaves, O Robin of the bright red breast! Cheerily over the Autumn eaves, Thy note is heard, bonny…

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The Sleeping City By George Meredith

The Sleeping City A Princess in the eastern tale Paced thro’ a marble city pale, And saw in ghastly shapes of stone The sculptured life…

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The Invective Of Achilles By George Meredith

The Invective Of Achilles [Iliad, B. I. V. 149] ‘Heigh me! brazen of front, thou glutton for plunder, how can one, Servant here to thy…

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Song (Untitled #10) By George Meredith

Song (Untitled #10) Come to me in any shape! As a victor crown’d with vine, In thy curls the clustering grape, – Or a vanquished…

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Night Of Frost In May By George Meredith

Night Of Frost In May With splendour of a silver day, A frosted night had opened May: And on that plumed and armoured night, As…

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Modern Love Xlvi At Last We Parley By George Meredith

Modern Love Xlvi At Last We Parley At last we parley: we so strangely dumb In such a close communion! It befell About the sounding…

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Margaret’s Bridal Eve By George Meredith

Margaret’s Bridal Eve I The old grey mother she thrummed on her knee: There is a rose that’s ready; And which of the handsome young…

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Earth And Man By George Meredith

Earth And Man I On her great venture, Man, Earth gazes while her fingers dint the breast Which is his well of strength, his home…

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A Reading Of Life–The Test Of Manhood By George Meredith

A Reading Of Life–The Test Of Manhood Like a flood river whirled at rocky banks, An army issues out of wilderness, With battle plucking round…

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The Years Had Worn Their Season’s Belt By George Meredith

The Years Had Worn Their Season’s Belt The years had worn their seasons’ belt, From bud to rosy prime, Since Nellie by the larch-pole knelt…

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The Poetry Of Southey By George Meredith

The Poetry Of Southey Keen as an eagle whose flight towards the dim empyrean Fearless of toil or fatigue ever royally wends! Vast in the…

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The Death Of Winter By George Meredith

The Death Of Winter When April with her wild blue eye Comes dancing over the grass, And all the crimson buds so shy Peep out…

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Requiem By George Meredith

Requiem Where faces are hueless, where eyelids are dewless, Where passion is silent and hearts never crave; Where thought hath no theme, and where sleep…

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Modern Love Xxxiii In Paris, At The Louvre By George Meredith

Modern Love Xxxiii In Paris, At The Louvre ‘In Paris, at the Louvre, there have I seen The sumptuously-feathered angel pierce Prone Lucifer, descending. Looked…

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Modern Love Xiv What Soul Would Bargain By George Meredith

Modern Love Xiv What Soul Would Bargain What soul would bargain for a cure that brings Contempt the nobler agony to kill? Rather let me…

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Juggling Jerry By George Meredith

Juggling Jerry Pitch here the tent, while the old horse grazes: By the old hedge-side we’ll halt a stage. It’s nigh my last above the…

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Cassandra By George Meredith

Cassandra I Captive on a foreign shore, Far from Ilion’s hoary wave, Agamemnon’s bridal slave Speaks Futurity no more: Death is busy with her grave….

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Youth In Memory By George Meredith

Youth In Memory Days, when the ball of our vision Had eagles that flew unabashed to sun; When the grasp on the bow was decision,…

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Wind On The Lyre By George Meredith

Wind On The Lyre That was the chirp of Ariel You heard, as overhead it flew, The farther going more to dwell, And wing our…

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The Thrush In February By George Meredith

The Thrush In February I know him, February’s thrush, And loud at eve he valentines On sprays that paw the naked bush Where soon will…

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The Nuptials Of Attila By George Meredith

The Nuptials Of Attila I Flat as to an eagle’s eye, Earth hung under Attila. Sign for carnage gave he none. In the peace of…

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Sunrise By George Meredith

Sunrise The clouds are withdrawn And their thin-rippled mist, That stream’d o’er the lawn To the drowsy-eyed west. Cold and grey They slept in the…

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Phaethon–Attempted In Galliambic Measure By George Meredith

Phaethon–Attempted In Galliambic Measure At the coming up of Phoebus the all-luminous charioteer, Double-visaged stand the mountains in imperial multitudes, And with shadows dappled men…

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Modern Love Xxiv The Misery Is Greater By George Meredith

Modern Love Xxiv The Misery Is Greater The misery is greater, as I live! To know her flesh so pure, so keen her sense, That…

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Modern Love Ii It Ended, And The Morrow By George Meredith

Modern Love Ii It Ended, And The Morrow It ended, and the morrow brought the task. Her eyes were guilty gates, that let him in…

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Grandfather Bridgeman By George Meredith

Grandfather Bridgeman I ‘Heigh, boys!’ cried Grandfather Bridgeman, ‘it’s time before dinner to-day.’ He lifted the crumpled letter, and thumped a surprising ‘Hurrah!’ Up jumped…

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Antigone By George Meredith

Antigone The buried voice bespake Antigone. ‘O sister! couldst thou know, as thou wilt know, The bliss above, the reverence below, Enkindled by thy sacrifice…

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To J. M. By George Meredith

To J. M. Let Fate or Insufficiency provide Mean ends for men who what they are would be: Penned in their narrow day no change…

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The Star Sirius By George Meredith

The Star Sirius Bright Sirius! that when Orion pales To dotlings under moonlight still art keen With cheerful fervour of a warrior’s mien Who holds…

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The Labourer By George Meredith

The Labourer For a Heracles in his fighting ire there is never the glory that follows When ashen he lies and the poets arise to…

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Song (Untitled #7) By George Meredith

Song (Untitled #7) Thou to me art such a spring As the Arab seeks at eve, Thirsty from the shining sands; There to bathe his…

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On Hearing The News From Venice By George Meredith

On Hearing The News From Venice (The Death Of Robert Browning) Now dumb is he who waked the world to speak, And voiceless hangs the…

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Modern Love Xlix He Found Her By George Meredith

Modern Love Xlix He Found Her He found her by the ocean’s moaning verge, Nor any wicked change in her discerned; And she believed his…

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Manfred By George Meredith

Manfred I Projected from the bilious Childe, This clatterjaw his foot could set On Alps, without a breast beguiled To glow in shedding rascal sweat….

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Earth And The Wedded Woman By George Meredith

Earth And The Wedded Woman I The shepherd, with his eye on hazy South, Has told of rain upon the fall of day. But promise…

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A Reading Of Life–The Vital Choice By George Meredith

A Reading Of Life–The Vital Choice I. Or shall we run with Artemis Or yield the breast to Aphrodite? Both are mighty; Both give bliss;…

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The Young Princess — A Ballad Of Old Laws Of Love By George Meredith

The Young Princess — A Ballad Of Old Laws Of Love 1–I When the South sang like a nightingale Above a bower in May, The…

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The Poetry Of Shelley By George Meredith

The Poetry Of Shelley See’st thou a Skylark whose glistening winglets ascending Quiver like pulses beneath the melodious dawn? Deep in the heart-yearning distance of…

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The Crown Of Love By George Meredith

The Crown Of Love O might I load my arms with thee, Like that young lover of Romance Who loved and gained so gloriously The…

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Sense And Spirit By George Meredith

Sense And Spirit The senses loving Earth or well or ill Ravel yet more the riddle of our lot. The mind is in their trammels,…

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Modern Love Xxxii Full Faith I Have By George Meredith

Modern Love Xxxii Full Faith I Have Full faith I have she holds that rarest gift To beauty, Common Sense. To see her lie With…

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Modern Love Xi Out In The Yellow Meadows By George Meredith

Modern Love Xi Out In The Yellow Meadows Out in the yellow meadows, where the bee Hums by us with the honey of the Spring,…

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John Lackland By George Meredith

John Lackland A wicked man is bad enough on earth; But O the baleful lustre of a chief Once pledged in tyranny! O star of…

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By The Rosanna–To F.M. Stanzer Thal, Tyrol By George Meredith

By The Rosanna–To F.M. Stanzer Thal, Tyrol The old grey Alp has caught the cloud, And the torrent river sings aloud; The glacier-green Rosanna sings…

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Whimper Of Sympathy By George Meredith

Whimper Of Sympathy Hawk or shrike has done this deed Of downy feathers: rueful sight! Sweet sentimentalist, invite Your bosom’s Power to intercede. So hard…

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The Three Maidens By George Meredith

The Three Maidens There were three maidens met on the highway; The sun was down, the night was late: And two sang loud with the…

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The Night-Walk By George Meredith

The Night-Walk Awakes for me and leaps from shroud All radiantly the moon’s own night Of folded showers in streamer cloud; Our shadows down the…

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Sorrow And Joys By George Meredith

Sorrow And Joys Bury thy sorrows, and they shall rise As souls to the immortal skies, And there look down like mothers’ eyes. But let…

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Over The Hills By George Meredith

Over The Hills The old hound wags his shaggy tail, And I know what he would say: It’s over the hills we’ll bound, old hound,…

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Modern Love Xxiii ‘Tis Christmas Weather By George Meredith

Modern Love Xxiii ‘Tis Christmas Weather ‘Tis Christmas weather, and a country house Receives us: rooms are full: we can but get An attic-crib. Such…

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Modern Love I By This He Knew She Wept By George Meredith

Modern Love I By This He Knew She Wept By this he knew she wept with waking eyes: That, at his hand’s light quiver by…

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Grace And Love By George Meredith

Grace And Love Two flower-enfolding crystal vases she I love fills daily, mindful but of one: And close behind pale morn she, like the sun…

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Angelic Love By George Meredith

Angelic Love Angelic love that stoops with heavenly lips To meet its earthly mate; Heroic love that to its sphere’s eclipse Can dare to join…

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To Children For Tyrants By George Meredith

To Children For Tyrants I Strike not thy dog with a stick! I did it yesterday: Not to undo though I gained The Paradise: heavy…

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