Poetry for the People: And Other Poems

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Seite 109 - But the beating of my own heart Was all the sound I heard. He came not, — no, he came not, — The night came on alone, — The little stars...
Seite 68 - When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying. Have thou nothing to do with that just man : for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
Seite 55 - Should be dispenst with freer hand, Than all their stores and .treasures rife— Is not for them to understand: To give the stranger's children bread, Of your precarious board the spoil— To watch your helpless neighbour's bed, And, sleepless, meet the morrow's toil;The gifts, not proffered once alone, The daily sacrifice of years,— And, when all else to give is gone, The precious gifts of love and tears!
Seite 51 - What man resists — what man endures — Is open to one only eye. Why not believe the homely letter That all you give will God restore ? The poor man may deserve it better, And surely, surely, wants it more : Let but the rich man do his part, And whatsoe'er the issue be To those who ask, his answering heart Will gain and grow in sympathy.
Seite 33 - I markt a girl whose wont it was to stand, With pallid cheek, torn gown, and naked feet, And bunches of fresh Violets in each hand. There her small commerce in the chill March weather She plied with accents miserably mild; It was a frightful thought to set together Those...
Seite 14 - Against that banded wall of wood Standing in senseless hardihood Between the warmth and love and mirth, The comforts of the living earth, And the lorn creature shivering there, The plaything of the savage air ? We would not, of our own good will, Believe in so much strength of ill, Believe that life and sense are given To any being under Heaven Only to weep and suffer thus, To suffer without sin What would be for the worst of us A bitter discipline. Yet now the tiny hands no more Are striking that...
Seite 36 - Hope will not refresh, — Hand of healing ! interpose. Tyranny's strong breath is tainting Nature's sweet and vivid air, Nations silently are fainting Or up-gather in despair : Not to those distracted wills Trust the judgment of their woes ; While the cup of anguish fills, Arm of Justice ! interpose. Pleasures night and day are hovering Round their prey of weary hours, Weakness and unrest discovering In the best of human powers : Ere the fond delusions tire, Ere envenomed passion grows From the...
Seite 45 - He murmurs, as if Nature broke Some promise plighted at his birth, In bending him beneath the yoke Borne by the common sons of earth. They starve beside his plenteous board, They halt behind his easy wheels, But sympathy in vain affords The sense of ills he never feels. He knows he is the same as they, A feeble piteous mortal thing, And still expects that every day Increase and change of bliss should bring. Therefore, when he is called to know The deep realities of pain, He shrinks, as from a viewless...
Seite 24 - He listens, till his soul The Voices of the waves has caught, — The meaning of their roll. First, wild and wildering as the strife Of earthly winds and seas, Resounds the long historic life Of warring dynasties : — Uncertain right and certain wrong In onward conflict driven, The threats and tramplings of the strong Beneath a brazen heaven. The cavernous unsounded East Outpours an evil tide, Drowning the hymn of patriarch priest, The chant of shepherd bride : How can we catch the angel-word, How...
Seite 39 - Evil has force itself to sow Where we deny the healthy seed, — And all our choice is this, — to grow Pasture and grain or noisome weed.

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