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Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mountain and the squirrel Had a quarrel; And the former called the latter “Little Prig.” Bun replied, “You are doubtless very big; But all sorts of things and weather Must be taken in together, To make up a year … Continue reading

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To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet

If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were lov’d by wife, then thee; If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me ye women if you can. I prize thy love more than whole … Continue reading

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The Cloak, The Boat and The Shoes by W. B. Yeats

‘What do you make so fair and bright?’ ‘I make the cloak of Sorrow: O lovely to see in all men’s sight Shall be the cloak of Sorrow, In all men’s sight.’ ‘What do you build with sails for flight?’ … Continue reading

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Self’s the Man by Philip Larkin

Oh, no one can deny That Arnold is less selfish than I. He married a woman to stop her getting away Now she’s there all day, And the money he gets for wasting his life on work She takes as … Continue reading

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Base Details by Siegfried Sassoon

If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath I’d live with scarlet Majors at the Base, And speed glum heroes up the line to death. You’d see me with my puffy petulant face, Guzzling and gulping in the … Continue reading

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An Exequy to His Matchless Never to be Forgotten Friend by Henry King

Sleep on, my love, in thy cold bed, Never to be disquieted! My last goodnight! Thou wilt not wake Till I thy fate shall overtake; Till age, or grief, or sickness must Marry my body to that dust It so much … Continue reading

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Though Some Saith That Youth Ruleth Me by Henry VIII

Though some saith that youth ruleth me, I trust in age to tarry. God and my right and my duty, From them I shall never vary, Though some say that youth ruleth me. I pray you all that aged be, … Continue reading

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