Poems



We Know the World is False (1)

The world is woven all of dream and error/ And but one sureness in our truth may lie / That when we hold to aught our thinking's mirror/ We know it not by knowing it thereby./ For but one side of th...

A Nightly Thought of Day (2)

We are born at sunset and we die ere morn,/ And the whole darkness of the world we know,/ How can we guess its truth, to darkness born,/ The obscure consequence of absent glow?/ Only the stars do tea...

Upon the World Turn Round in Thought (3)

As the lone, frighted user of a night-road/ Suddenly turns round, nothing to detect,/ Yet on his fear's sense keepeth still the load/ Of that brink-nothing he doth but suspect;/ And the cold terror m...

This Is My Letter to the World (4)

This is my letter to the world, / That never wrote to me, / The simple news that Nature told, / With tender majesty. / / Her message is committed/ To hands I cannot see; / For love of her, s...
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Thy Love Is Better (5)

Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,/ Some in their wealth, some in their body's force,/ Some in their garments, though new-fangled ill;/ Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their hors...

All I Have Is a Voice (6)

I sit in one of the dives/ On Fifty-second Street/ Uncertain and afraid/ As the clever hopes expire/ Of a low dishonest decade:/ Waves of anger and fear/ Circulate over the bright/ And darkened lands...
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