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Famous I For One Poems by Famous Poets

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by Stevenson, Robert Louis
...MOTLEY I count the only wear
That suits, in this mixed world, the truly wise,
Who boldly smile upon despair
And shake their bells in Grandam Grundy's eyes.
Singers should sing with such a goodly cheer
That the bare listening should make strong like wine,
At this unruly time of year,
The Feast of Valentine.

We do not now parade our "oughts"
And "sh...Read more of this...

by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
...the word with the deed.

Warrior, what of the night? - 
Whether it be not or be 
Night, is as one thing to me.
I for one, at the least, 
Ask not of dews if they blight, 
Ask not of flames if they slay,
Ask not of prince or of priest
How long ere we put them away.

Master, what of the night? - 
Child, night is not at all 
Anywhere, fallen or to fall, 
Save in our star-stricken eyes.
Forth of our eyes it takes flight,
Look we but once nor before 
Nor behind us,...Read more of this...

by Field, Eugene
...Though care and strife
Elsewhere be rife,
Upon my word I do not heed 'em;
In bed I lie
With books hard by,
And with increasing zest I read 'em.

Propped up in bed,
So much I've read
Of musty tomes that I've a headful
Of tales and rhymes
Of ancient times,
Which, wife declares, are "simply dreadful!"

They give me joy
Without alloy;
And isn't that what b...Read more of this...

by Keats, John
...Muse of my native land! loftiest Muse!
O first-born on the mountains! by the hues
Of heaven on the spiritual air begot:
Long didst thou sit alone in northern grot,
While yet our England was a wolfish den;
Before our forests heard the talk of men;
Before the first of Druids was a child;--
Long didst thou sit amid our regions wild
Rapt in a deep prophetic so...Read more of this...

by Hardy, Thomas; 
Just neutral-tinted haps and such," 
You said to minds like mine. 
Wise warning for your credit's sake! 
Which I for one failed not to take, 
And hence could stem such strain and ache 
As each year might assign....Read more of this...

by Tessimond, A S J
...Suddenly, desperately
I thought, "No, never
In millions of minutes
Can I for one second
Calm-leaving my own self
Like clothes on a chair-back
And quietly opening
The door of one house
(No, not one of all millions)
Of blood, flesh and brain,
Climb the nerve-stair and look
From the tower, from the windows
Of eyes not my own: ...
No, never, no, never!"...Read more of this...

by Bridges, Robert Seymour of these can only be
A praise of thee, howe'er by thee disown'd:
While still thou must be mine tho' far removed,
And I for one offence no more beloved. 

Now since to me altho' by thee refused
The world is left, I shall find pleasure still;
The art that most I have loved but little used
Will yield a world of fancies at my will:
And tho' where'er thou goest it is from me,
I where I go thee in my heart must bear;
And what thou wert that wilt thou ever be,
My choice, m...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...ey Town, 
And that one goes to Gundagai." 

Then slowly, looking coyly back, 
She went along the Sydney track 

And I for one was well content 
To go the road the lady went; 

But round the turn a swain she met -- 
The kiss she gave him haunts me yet! 

I turned and travelled with a sigh 
The lonely road to Gundagai....Read more of this...

by Byron, George (Lord)


'A Daniel come to judgment! yes a Daniel!
I thank thee, Jew for teaching me that word.' 


It hath been wisely said, that 'One fool makes many;' and it hath been poetically observed —

'That fools rush in where angels fear to tread.' - Pope 

I...Read more of this...

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