A Parting Health By Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Parting Health TO J. L. MOTLEY YES, we knew we must lose him,–though friendship may claim To blend her green leaves with the laurels…

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To The Portrait Of By Oliver Wendell Holmes

To The Portrait Of Well, Miss, I wonder where you live, I wonder what’s your name, I wonder how you came to be In such…

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The Star And The Water Lily By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Star And The Water Lily THE SUN stepped down from his golden throne, And lay in the silent sea, And the Lily had folded…

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The Meeting Of The Dryads By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Meeting Of The Dryads IT was not many centuries since, When, gathered on the moonlit green, Beneath the Tree of Liberty, A ring of…

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The Boys By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Boys HAS there any old fellow got mixed with the boys? If there has, take him out, without making a noise. Hang the Almanac’s…

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Parting Hymn By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Parting Hymn ‘DUNDEE’ FATHER of Mercies, Heavenly Friend, We seek thy gracious throne; To Thee our faltering prayers ascend, Our fainting hearts are known. From…

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Mare Rubrum By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Mare Rubrum FLASH out a stream of blood-red wine, For I would drink to other days, And brighter shall their memory shine, Seen flaming through…

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Hymn For The Dedication Of Memorial Hall At Cambridge, June 23, 1874 By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Hymn For The Dedication Of Memorial Hall At Cambridge, June 23, 1874 WHERE, girt around by savage foes, Our nurturing Mother’s shelter rose, Behold, the…

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F. W. C. By Oliver Wendell Holmes

F. W. C. FAST as the rolling seasons bring The hour of fate to those we love, Each pearl that leaves the broken string Is…

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At The Banquet To The Japanese Embassy By Oliver Wendell Holmes

At The Banquet To The Japanese Embassy AUGUST 2, 1872 WE welcome you, Lords of the Land of the Sun! The voice of the many…

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A Familiar Letter By Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Familiar Letter YES, write, if you want to, there’s nothing like trying; Who knows what a treasure your casket may hold? I’ll show you…

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To George Peabody By Oliver Wendell Holmes

To George Peabody DANVERS, 1866 BANKRUPT! our pockets inside out! Empty of words to speak his praises! Worcester and Webster up the spout! Dead broke…

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The Poet’s Lot By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Poet’s Lot WHAT is a poet’s love?– To write a girl a sonnet, To get a ring, or some such thing, And fustianize upon…

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The Island Hunting-Song By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Island Hunting-Song No more the summer floweret charms, The leaves will soon be sere, And Autumn folds his jewelled arms Around the dying year;…

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Spring Has Come By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Spring Has Come INTRA MUROS THE sunbeams, lost for half a year, Slant through my pane their morning rays; For dry northwesters cold and clear,…

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One Country By Oliver Wendell Holmes

One Country ONE country! Treason’s writhing asp Struck madly at her girdle’s clasp, And Hatred wrenched with might and main To rend its welded links…

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King’s Chapel By Oliver Wendell Holmes

King’s Chapel READ AT THE TWO HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY Is it a weanling’s weakness for the past That in the stormy, rebel-breeding town, Swept clean of…

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Hail, Columbia! By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Hail, Columbia! THE FIRST VERSE OF THE SONG BY JOSEPH HOPKINSON ‘HAIL, Columbia! Happy land! Hail, ye heroes, heaven-born band, Who fought and bled in…

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Choose You This Day Whom Ye Will Serve By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Choose You This Day Whom Ye Will Serve YES, tyrants, you hate us, and fear while you hate The self-ruling, chain-breaking, throne-shaking State! The night-birds…

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An Impromptu By Oliver Wendell Holmes

An Impromptu Not premeditated THE clock has struck noon; ere it thrice tell the hours We shall meet round the table that blushes with flowers,…

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A Song Of Other Days By Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Song Of Other Days As o’er the glacier’s frozen sheet Breathes soft the Alpine rose, So through life’s desert springing sweet The flower of…

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Vestigia Quinque Retrorsum By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Vestigia Quinque Retrorsum AN ACADEMIC POEM 1829-1879 Read at the Commencement Dinner of the Alumni of Harvard University, June 25, 1879. WHILE fond, sad memories…

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The Two Streams By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Two Streams Behold the rocky wall That down its sloping sides Pours the swift rain-drops, blending, as they fall, In rushing river-tides! Yon stream,…

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The Old Player By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Old Player THE curtain rose; in thunders long and loud The galleries rung; the veteran actor bowed. In flaming line the telltales of the…

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The Dorchester Giant By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Dorchester Giant THERE was a giant in time of old, A mighty one was he; He had a wife, but she was a scold,…

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Questions And Answers By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Questions And Answers WHERE, oh where are the visions of morning, Fresh as the dews of our prime? Gone, like tenants that quit without warning,…

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No Time Like The Old Time By Oliver Wendell Holmes

No Time Like The Old Time THERE is no time like the old time, when you and I were young, When the buds of April…

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Illustration Of A Picture By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Illustration Of A Picture ‘A SPANISH GIRL IN REVERIE,’ SHE twirled the string of golden beads, That round her neck was hung,— My grandsire’s gift;…

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For The Services In Memory Of Abraham Lincoln By Oliver Wendell Holmes

For The Services In Memory Of Abraham Lincoln CITY OF BOSTON, JUNE 1, 1865 CHORAL: ‘LUTHER’S JUDGMENT HYMN.’ O THOU of soul and sense and…

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Ave By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Ave PRELUDE TO ‘ILLUSTRATED POEMS’ FULL well I know the frozen hand has come That smites the songs of grove and garden dumb, And chills…

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After The Curfew By Oliver Wendell Holmes

After The Curfew THE Play is over. While the light Yet lingers in the darkening hall, I come to say a last Good-night Before the…

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A Poem For The Meeting Of The American Medical Association At New York, May 5, 1853 By Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Poem For The Meeting Of The American Medical Association At New York, May 5, 1853 I HOLD a letter in my hand,- A flattering…

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To The Poets Who Only Read And Listen By Oliver Wendell Holmes

To The Poets Who Only Read And Listen WHEN evening’s shadowy fingers fold The flowers of every hue, Some shy, half-opened bud will hold Its…

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The Spectre Pig By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Spectre Pig A BALLAD IT was the stalwart butcher man, That knit his swarthy brow, And said the gentle Pig must die, And sealed…

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The Lyre Of Anacreon By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Lyre Of Anacreon THE minstrel of the classic lay Of love and wine who sings Still found the fingers run astray That touched the…

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The Broken Circle By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Broken Circle I STOOD On Sarum’s treeless plain, The waste that careless Nature owns; Lone tenants of her bleak domain, Loomed huge and gray…

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Parson Turell’s Legacy By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Parson Turell’s Legacy OR, THE PRESIDENT’S OLD ARM-CHAIR A MATHEMATICAL STORY FACTS respecting an old arm-chair. At Cambridge. Is kept in the College there. Seems…

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Lucy By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Lucy FOR HER GOLDEN WEDDING, OCTOBER 18, 1875 ‘Lucy.’–The old familiar name Is now, as always, pleasant, Its liquid melody the same Alike in past…

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Hymn For The Class-Meeting By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Hymn For The Class-Meeting THOU Gracious Power, whose mercy lends The light of home, the smile of friends, Our gathered flock thine arms infold As…

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Extracts From A Medical Poem. The Stability Of Science By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Extracts From A Medical Poem. The Stability Of Science THE feeble sea-birds, blinded in the storms, On some tall lighthouse dash their little forms, And…

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At The Banquet To The Grand Duke Alexis By Oliver Wendell Holmes

At The Banquet To The Grand Duke Alexis DECEMBER 9, 1871 ONE word to the guest we have gathered to greet! The echoes are longing…

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stivation By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Æstivation An Unpublished Poem, by my late Latin Tutor. In candent ire the solar splendor flames; The foles, languescent, pend from arid rames; His humid…

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A Ballad Of The Boston Tea-Party By Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Ballad Of The Boston Tea-Party Read at a meeting of the Massachusetts Historical Society. No! never such a draught was poured Since Hebe served…

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To Frederick Henry Hedge By Oliver Wendell Holmes

To Frederick Henry Hedge AT A DINNER GIVEN HIM ON HIS EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1885 With a bronze statuette of John of Bologna’s Mercury,…

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The Ploughman By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Ploughman ANNIVERSARY OF THE BERKSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY, OCTOBER 4, 1849 CLEAR the brown path, to meet his coulter’s gleam! Lo! on he comes, behind…

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The Iron Gate By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Iron Gate WHERE is this patriarch you are kindly greeting? Not unfamiliar to my ear his name, Nor yet unknown to many a joyous…

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Songs In Many Keys By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Songs In Many Keys 1849-1861 THE piping of our slender, peaceful reeds Whispers uncared for while the trumpets bray; Song is thin air; our hearts’…

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On The Threshold By Oliver Wendell Holmes

On The Threshold INTRODUCTION TO A COLLECTION OF POEMS BYDIFFERENT AUTHORS AN usher standing at the door I show my white rosette; A smile of…

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Joseph Warren, M. D. By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Joseph Warren, M. D. TRAINED in the holy art whose lifted shield Wards off the darts a never-slumbering foe, By hearth and wayside lurking, waits…

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Grandmother’s Story Of Bunker Hill Battle (As She Saw It From The Belfry) By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Grandmother’s Story Of Bunker Hill Battle (As She Saw It From The Belfry) ‘Tis like stirring living embers when, at eighty, one remembers All the…

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Call Him Not Old, Whose Visionary Brain By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Call Him Not Old, Whose Visionary Brain Call him not old, whose visionary brain Holds o’er the past its undivided reign. For him in vain…

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An Impromptu – Ii By Oliver Wendell Holmes

An Impromptu – Ii AT THE WALCKER DINNER UPON THE COMPLETION OF THE GREAT ORGAN FOR BOSTON MUSIC HALL IN 1863 I ASKED three little…

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A Sentiment Offered At The Dinner To H. I. H. The Prince Napoleon By Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Sentiment Offered At The Dinner To H. I. H. The Prince Napoleon AT THE REVERE HOUSE, SEPTEMBER 25,1861 THE land of sunshine and of…

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Verses For After-Dinner By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Verses For After-Dinner PHI BETA KAPPA SOCIETY, 1844 I WAS thinking last night, as I sat in the cars, With the charmingest prospect of cinders…

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The Two Armies By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Two Armies As Life’s unending column pours, Two marshalled hosts are seen,­ Two armies on the trampled shores That Death flows black between. One…

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The Old Man Of The Sea By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Old Man Of The Sea A NIGHTMARE DREAM BY DAYLIGHT Do you know the Old Man of the Sea, of the Sea? Have you…

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The Dying Seneca By Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Dying Seneca HE died not as the martyr dies, Wrapped in his living shroud of flame; He fell not as the warrior falls, Gasping…

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Prologue By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Prologue A PROLOGUE? Well, of course the ladies know,– I have my doubts. No matter,–here we go! What is a Prologue? Let our Tutor teach:…

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Never Or Now By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Never Or Now AN APPEAL LISTEN, young heroes! your country is calling! Time strikes the hour for the brave and the true! Now, while the…

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I Like You And I Love You By Oliver Wendell Holmes

I Like You And I Love You I LIKE YOU Met I LOVE You, face to face; The path was narrow, and they could not…

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