Never give all the heart, for love Will hardly seem worth thinking of To passionate women if it seem Certain, and they never dream That it fades out from kiss to kiss; For everything that's lovely is But a brief, dreamy, kind delight. ...
Never give all the heart, for love
Will hardly seem worth thinking of
To passionate women if it seem
Certain, and they never dream
That it fades out from kiss to kiss;
For everything that's lovely is
But a brief, dreamy, kind delight.
Down through the millennia the emotion of love has inspired countless poets to great heights of lyrical expression. In this volume readers can sample more than 150 great love poems by English and American poets. Spanning over four centuries of literary creation in the service of amour, the works include a selection of Shakespeare's sonnets, John Donne's "The Ecstasy," William Blake's "The Garden of Love," Robert Burns's "The Banks o'Doon" and "John Anderson My Jo," Lord Byron's "She Walks in Beauty," Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee," Robert Browning's "Meeting at Night," as well as works by W. B. Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Keats, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, John Milton, Richard Lovelace, Sir John Suckling, Matthew Arnold, A. E. Housman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Robert Frost.
SIR THOMAS WYATT
The Lover Showeth How He is Forsaken of Such as He Sometime Enjoyed
One Day I Wrote Her Name upon the Strand'
SIR WALTER RALEIGH
"'As Ye came from the Holy Land'"
SIR PHILIP SIDNEY
"Loving in Truth, and Fain in Verse My Love to Show'"
His Lady's Cruelty
Cards and Kisses
A Summer Song
"If This Be Love, to Draw a Weary Breath'"
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?'
That Time of Year Thou Mayst in Me Behold'
From You Have I Been Absent in the Spring'
When in the Chronicle of Wasted Time'
Let Me Not to the Marriage fo True Minds'
My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun'
"Thou Art Not Fair, for all Thy Red and White'"
Vobiscum est Iope
SIR HENRY WOTTON
Elizabeth of Bohemia
The Sun Rising
Elegy: On His Mistress Going to Bed
The Hour Glass
"I Loved a Lass, a Fair One'"
"To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time"
Upon Julia's Clothes
A Divine Rapture
Exequy on His Wife
To His Inconstant Mistress
On a Girdle
On His Deceased Wife
SIR JOHN SUCKLING
"Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Lover?'"
The Constant Lover
"To Lucasta, Going to the Wars"
"To Althea, from Prison"
To His Coy Mistress
The Definition of Love
The Mower to the Glo-Worms
"Farewell, Ungrateful Traitor!'"
"JOHN WILMOT, EARL OF ROCHESTER"
A Song of a Young Lady to Her Ancient Lover
Pious Selinda Goes to Prayers'
False through She Be to Me and Love'
Sweet William's Farewell to Black-Eyed Susan
Sally in Our Alley
How Sweet I Roam'd from Field to Field'
The Clod and the Pebble
The Garden of Love
Of A' the Airts the Wind Can Blaw'
John Anderson My Jo
The Banks o' Doon
"A Red, Red Rose"
Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known'
She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways'
Surprised by Joy?Impatient as the Wind'
SIR WALTER SCOTT
An Hour with Thee
WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR
Past Ruin'd Ilion Heln Lives'
"Proud Word You Never Spoke, but You Will Speak'"
"You Smiled, You Spoke, and I Believed'"
The Torch of Love Dispels the Gloom'
"If I Am Proud, You Surely Know'"
Freedom and Love
At the Mid Hour of Night
"GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON"
When We Two Parted'
"She Walks in Beauty, Like the Night'"
"So, We'll Go No More A-Roving'"
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
To Mary: 'It Is the Evening Hour'
"To Mary: 'I Sleep with Thee, and Wake with Thee'"
I Hid My Love
"Bright Star, Would I Were Stedfast as Thou Art?'"
The Wife A-Lost
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Give All to Love
ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING
I Thought Once How Theocritus Had sung'
How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways'
EDGAR ALLAN POE
To One in Paradise
"ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON"
"Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, Now the White'"
"Come Not, When I am Dead'"
The Last Ride Together
Meeting at Night
If Grief for Grief Can Touch Thee'
Once I Pass'd through a Populous City
When I heard at the Close of the Day
Sometimes with One I Love
As if a Phantom Caress'd Me
From Pent-Up Aching Rivers
DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI
By This He Knew She Wept with Waking Eyes'
In Our Old Shipwrecked Days There Was an Hour'
We Outgrow Love Like Other Things'
My Life Closed Twice before Its Close'
The First Day
Love Is Enough
ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE
Love and Sleep
St. Valentine's Day
A Broken Appointment
In a Cathedral City
A Thunderstorm in Town
A. E. HOUSMAN
"Oh, When I Was in Love with You'"
Along the Field as We Came By'
White in the Moon the Long Road Lies'
W. B. YEATS
Down by the Salley Gardens
A Drinking Song
Never Give All the Heart
When You Are Old
Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae
EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON
Meeting and Passing
Gloire de Dijon
The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter
Like the Touch of Rain
JOHN CROWE RANSOM
EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY
"I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed'"
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