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Odes i.xi by Horace

To Leuconoe Strive not, Leuconoe, to know what end The gods above to me or thee will send; Nor with astrologers consult at all, That thou mayst better know what can befall; Whether thou liv’st more winters, or thy last … Continue reading

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The Progress of Poesy: A Pindaric Ode by Thomas Gray

I.1. Awake, Æolian lyre, awake, And give to rapture all thy trembling strings. From Helicon’s harmonious springs A thousand rills their mazy progress take: The laughing flowers, that round them blow, Drink life and fragrance as they flow. Now the … Continue reading

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Cross by Langston Hughes

My old man’s a white old man And my old mother’s black. If ever I cursed my white old man I take my curses back. If ever I cursed my black old mother And wished she were in hell, I’m … Continue reading

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Forget It by Sixto Rodriguez

But thanks for your time Then you can thank me for mine And after that’s said Forget it. Don’t be inane There’s no one to blame No reason why You should stay here And lie to me. Don’t say anymore … Continue reading

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Never Love Unless by Thomas Campion

Never love unless you can Bear with all the faults of man: Men sometimes will jealous be Though but little cause they see; And hang the head, as discontent, And speak what straight they will repent. Men that but one … Continue reading

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Fragment 130 by Sappho

Percussion, salt and honey, A quivering in the thighs; He shakes me all over again, Eros who cannot be thrown, Who stalks on all fours Like a beast. Eros makes me shiver again Strengthless in the knees, Eros gall and … Continue reading

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