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by Burns, Robert our gardens yield,
High shelt’ring woods and wa’s maun shield;
But thou, beneath the random bield
 O’ clod or stane,
Adorns the histie stibble field,
 Unseen, alane.

There, in thy scanty mantle clad,
Thy snawie bosom sun-ward spread,
Thou lifts thy unassuming head
 In humble guise;
But now the share uptears thy bed,
 And low thou lies!

Such is the fate of artless maid,
Sweet flow’ret of the rural shade!
By love’s simplicity betray’d,
 And guileless trust;
Till she,...Read More

by Burns, Robert
Forbid it, ev’ry heavenly Power,
 You e’er should be a stot!

Tho’ when some kind connubial dear
 Your but-and-ben adorns,
The like has been that you may wear
 A noble head of horns.

And, in your lug, most reverend James,
 To hear you roar and rowt,
Few men o’ sense will doubt your claims
 To rank amang the nowt.

And when ye’re number’d wi’ the dead,
 Below a grassy hillock,
With justice they may mark your head—
 “Here lies a famous bullock!”...Read More

by Burns, Robert
Let Bourbon exult in his gay gilded lilies,
 And England triumphant display her proud rose:
A fairer than either adorns the green valleys,
 Where Devon, sweet Devon, meandering flows....Read More

by Killigrew, Anne would thee delight, 
And give thee after Fame: For Vertues Fruit
Believe it, not alone with Age does sute, 
Nought adorns Youth like to a Noble Mind, 
In thee this Union let Amira find. 
 Lici. O fear her not ! she'l serve him in his kind. 
 Meli. See how Discourse upon the Time does prey, 
Those hours pass swiftest, that we talk away.
Declining Sol forsaken hath the Fields, 
And Mountains highest Summits only gildes: 
Which warns us home-wards with o...Read More

by Brackenridge, Hugh Henry
...f harmony, and bade the spheres 
Move in rich measure to the songs on high. 
Fill'd with this spirit poesy no more 
Adorns that vain mythology believ'd, 
By rude barbarian, and no more receives, 
The tale traditional, and hymn profane, 
Sung by high genius, basely prostitute. 
New strains are heard, such as first in the morn 
Of time, were sung by the angelic choirs, 
When rising from chaotic state the earth 
Orbicular was seen, and over head 
The blazing sun, moon, p...Read More

by Robinson, Mary Darby truth may boast, or patriot virtue give; 
From her, the Arts enlighten'd splendours own, 
She guides the peasant­She adorns the throne; 
To mild Philanthropy extends her hand, 
Gives Truth pre-eminence, and Worth command; 
Her eye directs the path that leads to Fame, 
Lights Valour's torch, and trims the glorious flame; 
She scatters joy o'er Nature's endless scope, 
Gives strength to Reason­extacy to Hope; 
Tempers each pang Humanity can feel, 
And binds presumptuous Powe...Read More

by Robinson, Mary Darby
...t victim of love's power; the silent tear
Shall oft at twilight's close, and glimm'ring morn
Gem the pale primrose that adorns thy bier, 
And as the balmy dew ascends to heaven, 
Thy crime shall steal away, thy frailty be forgiv'n. 

Oft by the moon's wan beam the love-lorn maid,
Led by soft SYMPATHY, shall stroll along;
Oft shall she listen in the Lime-tree's * shade,
Her cold blood freezing at the night-owl's song:
Or, when she hears the death-bell's solemn sound,
Her l...Read More

by Housman, A E
...with speed my partnership of legs.
CHORUS: Beneath a shining or a rainy Zeus?
ALCMAEON: Mud's sister, not himself, adorns my shoes.
CHORUS: To learn your name would not displease me much.
ALCMAEON: Not all that men desire do they obtain.
CHORUS: Might I then hear at what thy presence shoots.
ALCMAEON: A shepherd's questioned mouth informed me that--
CHORUS: What? for I know not yet what you will say.
ALCMAEON: Nor will you ever, if you interrupt.
...Read More

by Moore, Thomas
...with to-morrow to brighten my brow. 
No: -- life is a waste of wearisome hours, 
Which seldom the rose of enjoyment adorns; 
And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers, 
Is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns. 
But send round the bowl, and be happy awhile -- 
May we never meet worse, in our pilgrimage here, 
Than the tear that enjoyment may gild with a smile, 
And the smile that compassion can turn to a tear. 

The thread of our life would be dark...Read More

by Jonson, Ben physic, tears the papers : still god pays. Or else by water goes, and so to plays ; Calls for his stool, adorns the stage : god pays. To every cause he meets, this voice he brays : His only answer is to all, god pays. Not his poor cockatrice but he betrays Thus ; and for his lechery, scores, god pays. But see !  the old bawd hath serv'd him in his trim, Lent him a pocky whore.?She hath paid him.[ AJ Notes:...Read More

by Milton, John
...Others on ground 
Walked firm; the crested cock whose clarion sounds 
The silent hours, and the other whose gay train 
Adorns him, coloured with the florid hue 
Of rainbows and starry eyes. The waters thus 
With fish replenished, and the air with fowl, 
Evening and morn solemnized the fifth day. 
The sixth, and of creation last, arose 
With evening harps and matin; when God said, 
Let the Earth bring forth soul living in her kind, 
Cattle, and creeping things, and be...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...[P] whose hairThe crown of his great ancestor adorns,Already has ta'en arms, to bruise the hornsOf Babylon, and all her name who bear;Christ's holy vicar with the honour'd loadOf keys and cloak, returning to his home,Shall see Bologna and our noble Rome,Read More

by von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang

As worth all praise I hold;
And so thou'rt treasured by each maid

Like precious stones or gold.
Thy wreath adorns the fairest face
But still thou'rt not the flower whose grace

I honour here in silence.


The rose is wont with pride to swell,

And ever seeks to rise;
But gentle sweethearts love full well

The lily's charms to prize,
The heart that fills a bosom true,
That is, like me, unsullied too,

My merit values duly.


In tru...Read More

by Nemerov, Howard

O swallows, swallows, poems are not 
The point. Finding again the world, 
That is the point, where loveliness 
Adorns intelligible things 
Because the mind’s eye lit the sun....Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
A raging grief consumed my frame,
And I resolved the thing to brave."

"And to myself I thus began:
'What is't adorns the youth, the man?
What actions of the heroes bold,
Of whom in ancient song we're told,
Blind heathendom raised up on high
To godlike fame and dignity?
The world, by deeds known far and wide,
From monsters fierce they purified;
The lion in the fight they met,
And wrestled with the minotaur,
Unhappy victims free to set,
And were not sparing of their g...Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...nd for each thing to unfold.

He opens in splendor, with gladness and mirth,
That life which was hid from our eyes;
Adorns as a temple the dwelling of earth,
That the Muse has bestowed as his prize,
No roof is so humble, no hut is so low,
But he with divinities bids it o'erflow.

And as the inventive descendant of Zeus,
On the unadorned round of the shield,
With knowledge divine could, reflected, produce
Earth, sea, and the star's shining field,--
So he, on the moment...Read More

by Bishop, Elizabeth

The iceberg cuts its facets from within. 
Like jewelry from a grave 
it saves itself perpetually and adorns 
only itself, perhaps the snows 
which so surprise us lying on the sea. 
Good-bye, we say, good-bye, the ship steers off 
where waves give in to one another's waves 
and clouds run in a warmer sky. 
Icebergs behoove the soul 
(both being self-made from elements least visible) 
to see them so: fleshed, fair, erected indivisible....Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
     Here grins the wolf as when he died,
     And there the wild-cat's brindled hide
     The frontlet of the elk adorns,
     Or mantles o'er the bison's horns;
     Pennons and flags defaced and stained,
     That blackening streaks of blood retained,
     And deer-skins, dappled, dun, and white,
     With otter's fur and seal's unite,
     In rude and uncouth tapestry all,
     To garnish forth the sylvan hall.

     The wondering stranger roun...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...'rs our gardens yield,
High shelt'ring woods and wa's maun shield;
But thou, beneath the random bield
O' clod or stane,
Adorns the histie stibble-field,
Unseen, alane.

There, in thy scanty mantle clad,
Thy snawy bosom sunward spread,
Thou lifts thy unassuming head
In humble guise;
But now the share uptears thy bed,
And low thou lies!

Such is the fate of artless Maid,
Sweet flow'ret of the rural shade!
By love's simplicity betrayed,
And guileless trust,
Till she, like th...Read More

by Marvell, Andrew
...g does answer Use?
Where neatness nothing can condemn,
Nor Pride invent what to contemn?

A Stately Frontispice Of Poor
Adorns without the open Door:
Nor less the Rooms within commends
Daily new Furniture Of Friends.
The House was built upon the Place
Only as for a Mark Of Grace;
And for an Inn to entertain
Its Lord a while, but not remain.

Him Bishops-Hill, or Denton may,
Or Bilbrough, better hold then they:
But Nature here hath been so free
As if she said leave thi...Read More

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