Category Archives: Classic Poems

Poem – Caedmon’s Hymn 

Now let me praise  the keeper of Heaven’s kingdom,  The might of the Creator, and his thought,  The work of the Father of glory, how each of wonders  The Eternal Lord established in the beginning.  He first created for the … Continue reading

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A Friend Sends Her Perfumed Carriage – Li Ching Chao

A friend sends her perfumed carriage  And high-bred horses to fetch me.  I decline the invitation of  My old poetry and wine companion.  I remember the happy days in the lost capital.  We took our ease in the woman’s quarters.  … Continue reading

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Morning Rain – Tu Fu

A slight rain comes, bathed in dawn light.  I hear it among treetop leaves before mist  Arrives. Soon it sprinkles the soil and,  Windblown, follows clouds away. Deepened  Colors grace thatch homes for a moment.  Flocks and herds of things … Continue reading

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Restless Night – Tu Fu

As bamboo chill drifts into the bedroom,  Moonlight fills every corner of our  Garden. Heavy dew beads and trickles.  Stars suddenly there, sparse, next aren’t.  Fireflies in dark flight flash. Waking  Waterbirds begin calling, one to another.  All things caught … Continue reading

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The Passionate Shepherd (Excerpt) – Nicholas Brenton

Who can live in heart so glad  As the merry country lad?  Who upon a fair green balk  May at pleasure sit and walk,  And amid the azure skies  See the morning sun arise;  While he hears in every spring  … Continue reading

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To  Autumn – William Blake 

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stainèd  With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit  Beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest,  And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,  And all the daughters of the … Continue reading

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The Garden Of Love – William Blake

I went to the Garden of Love,  And saw what I never had seen;  A Chapel was built in the midst,  Where I used to play on the green.  And the gates of this Chapel were shut  And ‘Thou shalt … Continue reading

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