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A rosebud set with little wilful thorns,
And sweet as English air could make her, she.
- The Princess--Prologue (l. 153) [Women]
To be true to each other, let 'appen what maay
Till the end o' the daay
An the last load hoam.
- The Promise of May (act II), a song
Slow sail'd the weary mariners and saw,
Betwixt the green brink and the running foam,
Sweet faces, rounded arms, and bosoms prest
To little harps of gold; and while they mused
Whispering to each other half in fear,
Shrill music reach'd them on the middle sea.
- The Sea Fairies [Mermaids]
But light as any wind that blows
So fleetly did she stir,
The flower, she touch'd on, dipt and rose,
And turned to look at her.
- The Talking Oak (st. 33) [Fairies]
Like glimpses of forgotten dreams.
- The Two Voices (st. CXXVII)
[Dreams : Proverbial Phrases]
Taken the stars from the night and the sun
From the day!
Gone, and a cloud in my heart.
- The Window--Gone [Parting]
Attain the unattainable.
- Timbuctoo [Success]
No sound is breathed so potent to coerce
And to conciliate, as their names who dare
For that sweet mother-land which gave them birth
Nobly to do, nobly to die.
- Tiresias [Names]
Why wilt thou ever scare me with thy tears,
And make me tremble lest a saying learnt,
In days far-off, on that dark earth, be true?
The gods themselves cannot recall their gifts.
- Tithonus (st. 5) [Tears]
For now the Poet cannot die,
Nor leave his music as of old,
But round him ere he scarce he cold
Begins the scandal and the cry.
- To -----, after Reading a Life and Letters
(st. 4) [Poets]
And wit its honey lent, without the sting.
- To the Memory of Lord Talbot [Wit]
For tho' the faults were thick as dust
In vacant chambers, I could trust
- To the Queen (st. 5) [Faults]
And statesmen at her council met
Who knew the seasons when to take
Occasion by the hand, and make
The bounds of freedom wider yet.
- To the Queen (st. 8) [Statesmanship]
Broad-based upon her people's will,
And compassed by the inviolate sea.
- To the Queen (st. 9) [Royalty]
A life of nothing's nothing worth,
From that first nothing ere his birth,
To that last nothing under earth.
- Two Voices [Nothingness]
Whatever crazy sorrow saith,
No life that breathes with human breath
Has ever truly long'd for death.
- Two Voices (st. 132) [Death]
For always roaming with a hungry heart,
Much have I seen and known.
- Ulysses [Traveling]
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravl'd world whose margin fades
Forever and forever when I move.
- Ulysses (l. 18) [Experience : Influence : Man]
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices.
- Ulysses (l. 54) [Evening]
I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees.
- Ulysses (l. 6) [Life]
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
- Ulysses (l. 65) [Immortality]
An' I thowt 'twur the will o' the Lord, but Miss Annie she said it wur draains,
For she hedn't naw coomfut in 'er, an' arn'd naw thanks fur 'er paains.
- Village Wife [Sickness]
Every moment dies a man,
Every moment one is born.
- Vision of Sin (st. 9) [Time]
At last I heard a voice upon the slope
Cry to the summit, "Is there any hope?"
To which an answer pealed from that high land,
But in a tongue no man could understand;
And on the glimmering limit far withdrawn,
God made himself an awful rose of dawn.
- Vision of Sin (V) [God]
Like Hezekiah's, backward runs
The shadow of my days.
- Will Waterproof's Lyrical Monologue,
(ed. 1842) [Shadows]
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