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A terrible thing to be pestered with poets!
But, alas, she is dumb, and the proverb holds good,
She never will cry till she's out of the wood!
- Fable for Critics (l. 73) [Poets]
His Nature's a glass of champagne with the foam on 't,
As tender as Fletcher, as witty as Beaumont;
So his best things are done in the flash of the moment.
- Fable for Critics (l. 834) [Character]
They believed--faith, I'm puzzled--I think I may call
Their belief a believing in nothing at all,
Or something of that sort; I know they all went
For a general union of total dissent.
- Fable for Critics (l. 851) [Belief]
From lower to the higher next,
Not to the top, is Nature's text;
And embryo good, to reach full stature,
Absorbs the evil in its nature.
- Festina Lente--Moral [Progress]
Not caring, so that sumpter-horse, the back
Be hung with gaudy trappings, in what course
Yea, rags most beggarly, they clothe the soul.
- Fireside Travels [Apparel]
Greatly begin! Though thou have time
But for a line, be that sublime--
Not failure, but low aim is crime.
- For an Autograph [Failure]
Though old the thought and oft exprest,
'Tis his at last who says it best.
- For an Autograph (st. 1) [Quotations]
O chime of sweet Saint Charity,
Peal soon that Easter morn
When Christ for all shall risen be,
And in all hearts new-born!
That Pentecost when utterance clear
To all men shall be given,
When all shall say My Brother here,
And hear My Son in heaven!
- Godminster Chimes (st. 7) [Easter]
These pearls of thought in Persian gulfs were bred,
Each softly lucent as a rounded moon;
The diver Omar plucked them from their bed,
FitzGerald strung them on an English thread.
- In a Copy of Omar Khayyam [Poetry]
Never did Poesy appear
So full of heaven to me, as when
I saw how it would pierce through pride and fear
To the lives of coarsest men.
- Incident in a Railroad Car (st. 18)
The chestnuts, lavish of their long-hid gold,
To the faint Summer, beggared now and old,
Pour back the sunshine hoarded 'neath her favoring eye.
- Indian-Summer Reverie (st. 10) [Chestnut]
His heart kep' goin' pity-pat,
But hern went pity-Zekle.
- Introduction to The Biglow Papers
(second series, The Courtin', st. 15)
Earth's noblest thing, a Woman perfected.
- Irene (l. 62) [Women]
It is good
To lengthen to the last a sunny mood.
- Legend of Brittany (pt. I, st. 35)
A woman's love
Is mighty, but a mother's heart is weak,
And by its weakness overcomes.
- Legend of Brittany (pt. II, st. 43)
The thing we long for, that we are
For one transcendent moment.
- Longing [Desire]
True love is but a humble, low born thing,
And hath its food served up in earthenware;
It is a thing to walk with, hand in hand,
Through the every-dayness of this workday world.
- Love (l. 1) [Love]
Freedom needs all her poets; it is they
Who give her aspirations wings,
And to the wiser law of music sway
Her wild imaginings.
- Memorial Verses--To the Memory of Hood
(st. 4) [Freedom]
O wild and wondrous midnight,
There is a might in thee
To make the charmed body
Almost like spirit be,
And give it some faint glimpses
- Midnight [Midnight]
The fireflies o'er the meadow
In pulses come and go.
- Midnight (st. 3) [Fireflies]
Not as all other women are
Is she that to my soul is dear;
Her glorious fancies come from far,
Beneath the silver evening star,
And yet her heart is ever near.
- My Love (st. 1) [Love]
It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of a man is tested.
- My Study Windows--Abraham Lincoln
The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience.
- My Study Windows--Abraham Lincoln [Faith]
He gives us the very quintessence of perception.
- My Study Windows--Coleridge [Perception]
A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions.
- My Study Windows--Garfield [Greatness]
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