Adelaide Crapsey
Youth by Adelaide Crapsey

Youth by Adelaide Crapsey

But me They cannot touch, Old age and death. .the strange And ignominious end of old Dead folk!

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You Nor I Nor Nobody Knows by Adelaide Crapsey

You Nor I Nor Nobody Knows by Adelaide Crapsey

You nor I nor nobody knows Where our daily-taken breath Vanisheth and vanisheth: Where our lost breath's flying goes You nor I nor nobody knows.

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Winter by Adelaide Crapsey

Winter by Adelaide Crapsey

The cold With steely clutch Grips all the land. .alack The little people in the hills Will die!

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White Rose by Adelaide Crapsey

White Rose by Adelaide Crapsey

Not thou, White rose, but thy Ensanguined sister is The dear companion of my heart's Shed blood.

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Anguish by Adelaide Crapsey

Anguish by Adelaide Crapsey

Keep thouThy tearless watchAll night but when blue-dawnBreathes on the silver moon, then weep!Then weep!

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Chimes by Adelaide Crapsey

Chimes by Adelaide Crapsey

(1) The rose new-opening saith, And the dew of the morning saith, (Fallen leaves and vanished dew) Remember death. Ding dong bell Ding dong bell(2) May-moon thin and young In the ...

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Snow by Adelaide Crapsey

Snow by Adelaide Crapsey

Look up . . .From bleakening hillsBlows down the light, first breathOf wintry wind . . . look up, and scentThe snow!

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Blue Hyacinths by Adelaide Crapsey

Blue Hyacinths by Adelaide Crapsey

In your Curled petals what ghosts Of blue headlands and seas, What perfumed immortal breath sighing Of Greece.

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Dirge by Adelaide Crapsey

Dirge by Adelaide Crapsey

Never the nightingale, Oh, my dear, Never again the lark Thou wilt hear; Though dusk and the morning still Tap at thy window-sill, Though ever love call and call Thou wilt not ...

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Hypnos, God Of Sleep by Adelaide Crapsey

Hypnos, God Of Sleep by Adelaide Crapsey

The shadowy boy of night Crosses the dusking land; He sows his poppy-seeds With steady, gentle hand. The shadowy boy of night Young husbandman of dreams, Garners his gracious ...

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As I Went by Adelaide Crapsey

As I Went by Adelaide Crapsey

As I went, as I went Over the mountains, I heard, I heard, Through cloud-wreath and mist, A hound that was baying - Death.. it was death. As I went, as I went Over the meadows, I ...

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For Lucas Cranach’s Eve by Adelaide Crapsey

For Lucas Cranach’s Eve by Adelaide Crapsey

Oh me, Was there a time When Paradise knew Eve In this sweet guise, so placid and

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Song by Adelaide Crapsey

Song by Adelaide Crapsey

I make my shroud, but no one knows -- So shimmering fine it is and fair, With stitches set in even rows, I make my shroud, but no one knows. In door-way where the lilac blows, ...

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Adventure by Adelaide Crapsey

Adventure by Adelaide Crapsey

Sun and wind and beat of sea, Great lands stretching endlessly… Where be bonds to bind the free? All the world was made for me!

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November Night by Adelaide Crapsey

November Night by Adelaide Crapsey

Listen . . .With faint dry sound,Like steps of passing ghosts,The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the treesAnd fall.

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The Lonely Death by Adelaide Crapsey

The Lonely Death by Adelaide Crapsey

In the cold I will rise, I will bathe In waters of ice; myself Will shiver, and shrive myself, Alone in the dawn, and anoint Forehead and feet and hands; I will shutter the ...

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The Properly Scholarly Attitude by Adelaide Crapsey

The Properly Scholarly Attitude by Adelaide Crapsey

The poet pursues his beautiful theme; The preacher his golden beatitude; And I run after a vanishing dream— The glittering, will-o’-the-wispish gleam Of the properly scholarly ...

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Expenses by Adelaide Crapsey

Expenses by Adelaide Crapsey

Little my lacking fortunes show For this to eat and that to wear; Yet laughing, Soul, and gaily go! An obol pays the Stygian fare. London, 1910

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Moon Shadows by Adelaide Crapsey

Moon Shadows by Adelaide Crapsey

Still as On windless nights The moon-cast shadows are, So still will be my heart when I Am dead.

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Arbutus by Adelaide Crapsey

Arbutus by Adelaide Crapsey

Not spring's Thou art, but hers, Most cool, most virginal, Winter's, with thy faint breath, thy snows Rose-tinged.

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John Keats by Adelaide Crapsey

John Keats by Adelaide Crapsey

Meet thou the event And terrible happening of Thine end: for thou are come Upon the remote, cold place Of ultimate dissolution and With dumb, wide look Thou, impotent, dost feel ...

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Harvester’s Song by Adelaide Crapsey

Harvester’s Song by Adelaide Crapsey

Reap, reap the grain and gather The sweet grapes from the vine; Our Lord's mother is weeping, She hath nor bread nor wine; She is weeping. The Queen of Heaven, She hath nor bread ...

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The Witch by Adelaide Crapsey

The Witch by Adelaide Crapsey

When I was girl by Nilus stream I watched the deserts stars arise; My lover, he who dreamed the Sphinx, Learned all his dreaming from eyes. I bore in Greece a burning name, And I ...

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Avis by Adelaide Crapsey

Avis by Adelaide Crapsey

Avis, the fair, at dawn Rose lightly from her bed, Herself arrayed, Avis, the fait, the maid, In vestiment of lawn; Across the fields she sped, Five flowerets there she found, In ...

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Languor After Pain by Adelaide Crapsey

Languor After Pain by Adelaide Crapsey

Pain ebbs, And like cool balm, An opiate weariness Settles on eye-lids, on relaxed Pale wrists.

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Epigram by Adelaide Crapsey

Epigram by Adelaide Crapsey

If illness' end be health regained then I Will pay you, Asculapeus, when I die.

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Grain Field by Adelaide Crapsey

Grain Field by Adelaide Crapsey

Scarlet the poppies Blue the corn-flowers, Golden the wheat. Gold for the Eternal: Blue for Our Lady: Red for the five Wounds of her Son.

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Fresher by Adelaide Crapsey

Fresher by Adelaide Crapsey

Than spring's new scents The winter's earliest wind Blows from the hills the first faint breath Of Snow. Why have I thought the dew Ephemeral when I Shall rest so short a time, ...

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Endymion. by Adelaide Crapsey

Endymion. by Adelaide Crapsey

'Let me be young,' the Latmian shepherd prayed, 'And let me have on night-time hills long sleep;' Whom she of Cynthus saw, Heaven's crowne`d maid, And gave his youth and dreams ...

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Rapunzel by Adelaide Crapsey

Rapunzel by Adelaide Crapsey

All day, all day I brush My golden strands of hair; All day I wait and wait.. Ah, who is there? Who calls? Who calls? The gold Ladder of my long hair I loose and wait..and wait.. ...

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The Companions by Adelaide Crapsey

The Companions by Adelaide Crapsey

Three grey women walk with me Fate and Grief and Memory. My fate brought grief; my grief must be With me through Eternity, Such thy power, memory.Three grey women walk with me.

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Birth-Moment by Adelaide Crapsey

Birth-Moment by Adelaide Crapsey

Behold her, Running through the waves Eager to reach the land; The water laps her, Sun and wind are on her, Healthy, brine-drenched and young, Behold Desire new-born;-Desire on ...

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Doom by Adelaide Crapsey

Doom by Adelaide Crapsey

Peter stands by the gate, And Michael by the throne. 'Peter, I would pass the gate And come before the throne.' 'Whose spirit prayed never at the gate In life nor at the throne, ...

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Angelique by Adelaide Crapsey

Angelique by Adelaide Crapsey

A flickering light near spent Her pale hand bore. Have you seen Angelique? Will she know the place Dead feet must find, The grave-cloth on her face To make her blind? Have you ...

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Autumn by Adelaide Crapsey

Autumn by Adelaide Crapsey

Fugitive, wistful, Pausing at edge of her going, Autumn, the maiden, turns, Leans to the earth with ineffable Gesture. Ah, more than Spring's skies her skies shine Tender and ...

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Fate Defied by Adelaide Crapsey

Fate Defied by Adelaide Crapsey

As it Were tissue of silver I'll wear, O Fate, thy grey, And go mistily radiant, clad Like the moon.

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Aubade by Adelaide Crapsey

Aubade by Adelaide Crapsey

The morning is new and the skies are fresh washed with light, The day cometh in with the sun and I awake laughing.Hasten, belov`ed! For see, while you were yet sleeping The cool ...

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Cradle Song by Adelaide Crapsey

Cradle Song by Adelaide Crapsey

Madonna, Madonnina Sat by the grey road-side, Saint Joseph her beside, And Our Lord at her breast; Oh they were fain to rest, Mary and Joseph and Jesus, All by the grey road-side. ...

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Youth by Adelaide Crapsey

Youth by Adelaide Crapsey

But me They cannot touch, Old age and death. .the strange And ignominious end of old Dead folk!

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Part Ii by Adelaide Crapsey

Part Ii by Adelaide Crapsey

To Walter Savage Landor Ah, Walter, where you lived I rue These days come all too late for me; What matter if her eyes were blue Whose rival is Persephone?

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The Mother Exultant by Adelaide Crapsey

The Mother Exultant by Adelaide Crapsey

Joy! Joy! Joy! The hills are glad, The valleys re-echo with merriment, In my heart is the sound of laughter, And my feet dance to the time of it; Oh, little son, carried light on ...

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Rose-Mary Of The Angels by Adelaide Crapsey

Rose-Mary Of The Angels by Adelaide Crapsey

Little Sister Rose-Marie, Will thy feet as willing-light Run through Paradise, I wonder, As they run the blue skies under, Willing feet, so airy-light? Little Sister Rose-Marie ...

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The Immortal Residue Inscription For My Verse by Adelaide Crapsey

The Immortal Residue Inscription For My Verse by Adelaide Crapsey

Wouldst thou find my ashes? Look In the pages of my book; And as these thy hand doth turn, Know here is my funeral urn.

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The Pledge by Adelaide Crapsey

The Pledge by Adelaide Crapsey

White doves of Cytherea, by your quest Across the blue Heaven's bluest highest air, And by your certain homing to Love's breast, Still to be true and ever true - I swear.

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Trapped by Adelaide Crapsey

Trapped by Adelaide Crapsey

Well andIf day on dayFollows and weary yearOn year . . . and ever days and years . . . Well?

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Triad by Adelaide Crapsey

Triad by Adelaide Crapsey

These be three silent things: The falling snow . . . the hour Before the dawn . . . the mouth of one Just dead.

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Oh Lady, Let The Sad Tears Fall by Adelaide Crapsey

Oh Lady, Let The Sad Tears Fall by Adelaide Crapsey

Oh Lady, let the sad tears fall To speak thy pain, Gently as through the silver dusk The silver rain. Oh, let thy bosom breathe its grief In such soft sigh As hath the wind in ...

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John-A-Dreams — by Adelaide Crapsey

John-A-Dreams — by Adelaide Crapsey

A laggard in the rear of time's swift feet, And one who loiters on an aimless way Through lands he knows not; lured by birds to stray In secret paths where silence holds the beat ...

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Lunatic by Adelaide Crapsey

Lunatic by Adelaide Crapsey

Dost thou Not feel them slip, How cold! how cold! the moon's Thin wavering finger-tips, along Thy throat?

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Now Barabbas Was A Robber by Adelaide Crapsey

Now Barabbas Was A Robber by Adelaide Crapsey

No guile? Nay, but so strangely He moves among us. . Not this Man but Barabbas! Release to us Barabbas!

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