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The Roses by Julian O’Dea

The roses by the wall are best, where mud and leaves bank up and rest, where human sight does not obtain, where God alone can see them plain, in wind and dark, and sun and rain. Julian O’Dea Advertisements

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Loveliest of Trees by A. E. Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide. Now, of my threescore years and ten, Twenty will not come again, And take from seventy springs … Continue reading

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Colour by Dorothea Mackellar

The lovely things that I have watched unthinking, Unknowing, day by day, That their soft dyes have steeped my soul in colour That will not pass away – Great saffron sunset clouds, and larkspur mountains, And fenceless miles of plain, … Continue reading

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Ben Bolt by Thomas Dunn English

Don’t you remember sweet Alice, Ben Bolt, Sweet Alice whose hair was so brown, Who wept with delight when you gave her a smile, And trembled with fear at your frown? In the old church-yard in the valley, Ben Bolt, … Continue reading

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Warming Her Pearls by Carol Ann Duffy

for Judith Radstone Next to my own skin, her pearls. My mistress bids me wear them, warm them, until evening when I’ll brush her hair. At six, I place them round her cool, white throat. All day I think of … Continue reading

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Always neat by Ben Jonson

Still to be neat, still to be dressed, As you were going to a feast; Still to be powdered, still perfumed; Lady, it is to be presumed, Though art’s hid causes are not found, All is not sweet, all is … Continue reading

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At Seventeen by Janis Ian

I learned the truth at seventeen That love was meant for beauty queens and high school girls with clear skinned smiles who married young and then retired The valentines I never knew The Friday night charades of youth were spent … Continue reading

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