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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Part I It is an ancient mariner And he stoppeth one of three. – “By thy long grey beard and glittering eye, Now wherefore stoppest thou me? The bridegroom’s doors are opened wide, And I am next of kin; The … Continue reading

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The Quality of Mercy by William Shakespeare

from The Merchant of Venice (Portia to Shylock) The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. … Continue reading

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Private and Profane by Marie Ponsot

From loss of  the old and lack of  the new From failure to make the right thing do Save us, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. From words not the word, from a feckless voice From poetic distress and from careless choice … Continue reading

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Kneeling by R. S. Thomas

Moments of great calm, Kneeling before an altar Of wood in a stone church In summer, waiting for the God To speak; the air a staircase For silence; the sun’s light Ringing me, as though I acted A great role. … Continue reading

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