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by Burns, Robert
...A lesson sadly teaching, to your cost,
That Architecture’s noble art is lost!”

NEW BRIG “Fine architecture, trowth, I needs must say’t o’t,
The L—d be thankit that we’ve tint the gate o’t!
Gaunt, ghastly, ghaist-alluring edifices,
Hanging with threat’ning jut, like precipices;
O’er-arching, mouldy, gloom-inspiring coves,
Supporting roofs, fantastic, stony groves;
Windows and doors in nameless sculptures drest
With order, symmetry, or taste unblest;
Forms like some bedlam St...Read More

by Sidney, Sir Philip
...feed of further grace.
Alas, poor wag, that now a scholler art
To such a schoolmistresse, whose lessons new
Thou needs must misse, and so thou needs must smart.
Yet, deare, let me his pardon get of you,
So long, though he from book myche to desire,
Till without fewell you can make hot fire. 

What, haue I thus betray'd my libertie?
Can those blacke beames such burning markes engraue
In my free side, or am I borne a slaue,
Whose necke becomes suc...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...h not one lie, 
And like it best. 

But do you, in truth's name? 
If so, you beat--which means you are not I-- 
Who needs must make earth mine and feed my fill 
Not simply unbutted at, unbickered with, 
But motioned to the velvet of the sward 
By those obsequious wethers' very selves. 
Look at me, sir; my age is double yours: 
At yours, I knew beforehand, so enjoyed, 
What now I should be--as, permit the word, 
I pretty well imagine your whole range 
And stretch of te...Read More

by Keats, John
...l this heaven? Why not see,
Far off, the shadows of his pinions dark,
And stare them from me? But no, like a spark
That needs must die, although its little beam
Reflects upon a diamond, my sweet dream
Fell into nothing--into stupid sleep.
And so it was, until a gentle creep,
A careful moving caught my waking ears,
And up I started: Ah! my sighs, my tears,
My clenched hands;--for lo! the poppies hung
Dew-dabbled on their stalks, the ouzel sung
A heavy ditty, and the sullen...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord 
'Make thee my knight in secret? yea, but he, 
Our noblest brother, and our truest man, 
And one with me in all, he needs must know.' 

'Let Lancelot know, my King, let Lancelot know, 
Thy noblest and thy truest!' 

And the King-- 
'But wherefore would ye men should wonder at you? 
Nay, rather for the sake of me, their King, 
And the deed's sake my knighthood do the deed, 
Than to be noised of.' 

Merrily Gareth asked, 
'Have I not earned my cake in baking of it? ...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
Of loyal nature, and of noble mind.' 

`Yea,' said the maid, `be manners such fair fruit?' 
Then Lancelot's needs must be a thousand-fold 
Less noble, being, as all rumour runs, 
The most disloyal friend in all the world.' 

To which a mournful answer made the Queen: 
`O closed about by narrowing nunnery-walls, 
What knowest thou of the world, and all its lights 
And shadows, all the wealth and all the woe? 
If ever Lancelot, that most noble knight, 
Were for ...Read More

by Milton, John
...him, all ear to hear new utterance flow. 
Sole partner, and sole part, of all these joys, 
Dearer thyself than all; needs must the Power 
That made us, and for us this ample world, 
Be infinitely good, and of his good 
As liberal and free as infinite; 
That raised us from the dust, and placed us here 
In all this happiness, who at his hand 
Have nothing merited, nor can perform 
Aught whereof he hath need; he who requires 
From us no other service than to keep 
This one, ...Read More

by Milton, John
...dly dare; 
Or daring, first on me the assault shall light. 
Nor thou his malice and false guile contemn; 
Subtle he needs must be, who could seduce 
Angels; nor think superfluous other's aid. 
I, from the influence of thy looks, receive 
Access in every virtue; in thy sight 
More wise, more watchful, stronger, if need were 
Of outward strength; while shame, thou looking on, 
Shame to be overcome or over-reached, 
Would utmost vigour raise, and raised unite. 
Why s...Read More

by Milton, John
...of Heaven; yet from my loins 
Thou shalt proceed, and from thy womb the Son 
Of God Most High: so God with Man unites! 
Needs must the Serpent now his capital bruise 
Expect with mortal pain: Say where and when 
Their fight, what stroke shall bruise the victor's heel. 
To whom thus Michael. Dream not of their fight, 
As of a duel, or the local wounds 
Of head or heel: Not therefore joins the Son 
Manhood to Godhead, with more strength to foil 
Thy enemy; nor so is ove...Read More

by Spenser, Edmund hast travail'd by thy learned writs, 
Old Rome out of her ashes to revive, 
And give a second life to dead decays: 
Needs must he all eternity survive, 
That can to other give eternal days. 
Thy days therefore are endless, and thy praise 
Excelling all, that ever went before; 
And after thee, 'gins Bartas high to raise 
His heavenly Muse, th' Almighty to adore. 
Live, happy spirits, th' honour of your name, 
And fill the world with never dying fame....Read More

by Milton, John
With dotage, and his sense deprav'd
To folly and shameful deeds which ruin ends.
What Pilot so expert but needs must wreck
Embarqu'd with such a Stears-mate at the Helm?
Favour'd of Heav'n who finds
One vertuous rarely found,
That in domestic good combines:
Happy that house! his way to peace is smooth:
But vertue which breaks through all opposition, 
And all temptation can remove,
Most shines and most is acceptable above.
Therefore Gods universal Law
Gave to...Read More

by Lanier, Sidney
To hide with flowers the curse upon the hills,
Or sanctify the banks of sluggish rills
Where vapors breed?

"And -- if needs must --
Advance, O Summer-heats! upon the land,
And bake the bloody mould to shards and sand
And dust.

"Before your birth,
Burn up, O Roses! with your dainty flame.
Good Violets, sweet Violets, hide shame
Below the earth.

"Ye silent Mills,
Reject the bitter kindness of the moss.
O Farms! protest if any tree emboss
The barren hills.Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von figure,
Wreathing a radiant glory round the place.
Man at the Unknown's sight must tremble,
Yet its refulgence needs must love;
That mighty Being to resemble,
Each glorious hero madly strove;
The prototype of beauty's earliest strain
Ye made resound through Nature's wide domain.

The passions' wild and headlong course,
The ever-varying plan of fate,
Duty and instinct's twofold force,
With proving mind and guidance straight
Ye then conducted to their ends.
Wha...Read More

by Swift, Jonathan
...eft, or thirst of blood."

The ass, approaching next, confess'd
That in his heart he lov'd a jest:
A wag he was, he needs must own,
And could not let a dunce alone:
Sometimes his friend he would not spare,
And might perhaps be too severe:
But yet, the worst that could be said,
He was a wit both born and bred;
And, if it be a sin or shame,
Nature alone must bear the blame:
One fault he hath, is sorry for't,
His ears are half a foot too short;
Which could he to the standard...Read More

by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
From years whose tongues of flame
Prophesied in her name
Her feet should keep truth's bright and burning trace,
We needs must have her heart with us,
Whose hearts are one with man's; she must be dead or thus.

Who is against us? who is on our side?
Whose heart of all men's hearts is one with man's?
Where art thou that wast prophetess and bride,
When truth and thou trod under time and chance?
What latter light of what new hope shall guide
Out of the snares of hell t...Read More

by Lanier, Sidney
...the unhappy land,
Shouting, `since France is then too poor to pay
The soldiers that have bloody devoir done,
And since needs must, pardie! a man must eat,
Arm, gentlemen! swords slice as well as knives!'
And so had tempted stout men from the ranks,
And now was adding robbers' waste to war's,
Stealing the leavings of remorseless battle,
And making gaunter the gaunt bones of want:
How this Cervolles (called "Arch-priest" by the mass)
Through warm Provence had marched and menac...Read More

by Raleigh, Sir Walter
...oul, the body's guest,
Upon a thankless errand;
Fear not to touch the best;
The truth shall be thy warrant:
Go, since I needs must die,
And give the world the lie.

Say to the court, it glows
And shines like rotten wood;
Say to the church, it shows
What's good, and doth no good:
If church and court reply,
Then give them both the lie.

Tell potentates, they live
Acting by others' action;
Not loved unless they give,
Not strong but by a faction.
If potentates reply,
...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...this wreath of air, 
This flake of rainbow flying on the highest 
Foam of men's deeds--this honour, if ye will. 
It needs must be for honour if at all: 
Since, what decision? if we fail, we fail, 
And if we win, we fail: she would not keep 
Her compact.' ''Sdeath! but we will send to her,' 
Said Arac, 'worthy reasons why she should 
Bide by this issue: let our missive through, 
And you shall have her answer by the word.' 

'Boys!' shrieked the old king, but vainli...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...nd to dumb creatures and never abuse them, 
Nor curse them nor kick them, nor spitefully use them: 
Take their lives if needs must -- when it comes to the worst, 
But don't let them perish of hunger or thirst. 
Remember, no matter how far you may roam 
That dogs, goats, and chickens, it's simply the dickens, 
Their talent stupendous for "getting back home". 
Your sins, without doubt, will aye find you out, 
And so will a scapegoat, he's bound to achieve it, 
But, die ...Read More

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Could medicine the sick soul to happy sleep,
And change eternal death into a night
Of glorious dreams--or, if eyes needs must weep,
Could make their tears all wonder and delight--
She in her crystal phials did closely keep:
If men could drink of those clear phials, 'tis said
The living were not envied of the dead.

Her cave was stored with scrolls of strange device,
The works of some Saturnian Archimage,
Which taught the expiations at whose price
Men from the Gods mi...Read More

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