Vincent Benet

Colors – Stephen Vincent Benet

Colors – Stephen Vincent Benet

(For D. M. C.) The little man with the vague beard and guise Pulled at the wicket. “Come inside!” he said, “I’ll show you all we’ve got now — it was size You wanted? — oh, dry colors! Well” — he led To a dim alley lined with musty bins, And pull... »

The Innovator – Stephen Vincent Benet

The Innovator – Stephen Vincent Benet

(A Pharaoh Speaks.) I said, “Why should a pyramid Stand always dully on its base? I’ll change it! Let the top be hid, The bottom take the apex-place!” And as I bade they did. The people flocked in, scores on scores, To see it balance on its tip. They praised me with the praise tha... »

Elegy For An Enemy – Stephen Vincent Benet

Elegy For An Enemy – Stephen Vincent Benet

(For G. H.) Say, does that stupid earth Where they have laid her, Bind still her sullen mirth, Mirth which betrayed her? Do the lush grasses hold, Greenly and glad, That brittle-perfect gold She alone had? Smugly the common crew, Over their knitting, Mourn her — as butchers do Sheep-throats t... »

The White Peacock – Stephen Vincent Benet

The White Peacock – Stephen Vincent Benet

(France — Ancient Regime.) I. Go away! Go away; I will not confess to you! His black biretta clings like a hangman’s cap; under his twitching fingers the beads shiver and click, As he mumbles in his corner, the shadow deepens upon him; I will not confess! . . . Is he there or is it inten... »

The Hemp – Stephen Vincent Benet

The Hemp – Stephen Vincent Benet

(A Virginia Legend.) The Planting of the Hemp. Captain Hawk scourged clean the seas (Black is the gap below the plank) From the Great North Bank to the Caribbees (Down by the marsh the hemp grows rank). His fear was on the seaport towns, The weight of his hand held hard the downs. And the merchants... »