Amy Levy
A Prayer by Amy Levy

A Prayer by Amy Levy

Since that I may not haveLove on this side the grave,Let me imagine Love.Since not mine is the blissOf 'claspt hands and lips that kiss,'Let me in dreams it prove.What tho' as the ...

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At Dawn by Amy Levy

At Dawn by Amy Levy

In the night I dreamed of you;All the place was filledWith your presence; in my heartThe strife was stilled.All night I have dreamed of you;Now the morn is grey.--How shall I ...

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Ballade Of A Special Edition by Amy Levy

Ballade Of A Special Edition by Amy Levy

He comes; I hear him up the street--Bird of ill omen, flapping wideThe pinion of a printed sheet,His hoarse note scares the eventide.Of slaughter, theft, and suicideHe is the ...

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A March Day In London by Amy Levy

A March Day In London by Amy Levy

The east wind blows in the street to-day;The sky is blue, yet the town looks grey.'Tis the wind of ice, the wind of fire,Of cold despair and of hot desire,Which chills the flesh ...

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A Minor Poet by Amy Levy

A Minor Poet by Amy Levy

"What should such fellows as I do,Crawling between earth and heaven?"Here is the phial; here I turn the keySharp in the lock. Click!--there's no doubt it turned.This is the third ...

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A Greek Girl by Amy Levy

A Greek Girl by Amy Levy

I may not weep, not weep, and he is dead.A weary, weary weight of tears unshedThrough the long day in my sad heart I bear;The horrid sun with all unpitying glareShines down into ...

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London In July by Amy Levy

London In July by Amy Levy

What ails my senses thus to cheat?What is it ails the place,That all the people in the streetShould wear one woman's face?The London trees are dusty-brownBeneath the summer sky;My ...

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Magdalen by Amy Levy

Magdalen by Amy Levy

All things I can endure, save one. The bare, blank room where is no sun;The parcelled hours; the pallet hard;The dreary faces here within;The outer women's cold regard;The ...

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A London Plane-Tree by Amy Levy

A London Plane-Tree by Amy Levy

Green is the plane-tree in the square,The other trees are brown;They droop and pine for country air;The plane-tree loves the town.Here from my garret-pane, I markThe plane-tree ...

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A Farewell by Amy Levy

A Farewell by Amy Levy

(After Heine.)The sad rain falls from Heaven,A sad bird pipes and sings ;I am sitting here at my windowAnd watching the spires of "King's."O fairest of all fair places,Sweetest of ...

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Xantippe by Amy Levy

Xantippe by Amy Levy

(A Fragment)>/i>What, have I waked again? I never thoughtTo see the rosy dawn, or ev'n this grey, Dull, solemn stillness, ere the dawn has come.The lamp burns low; low burns the ...

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The Lost Friend by Amy Levy

The Lost Friend by Amy Levy

The people take the thing of course,They marvel not to seeThis strange, unnatural divorceBetwixt delight and me.I know the face of sorrow, and I knowHer voice with all its varied ...

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In The Black Forest by Amy Levy

In The Black Forest by Amy Levy

I lay beneath the pine trees,And looked aloft, where, throughThe dusky, clustered tree-tops,Gleamed rent, gay rifts of blue.I shut my eyes, and a fancyFluttered my sense around:"I ...

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A June-Tide Echo by Amy Levy

A June-Tide Echo by Amy Levy

After a Richter Concert.In the long, sad time, when the sky was grey,And the keen blast blew through the city drear,When delight had fled from the night and the day,My chill heart ...

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Between The Showers by Amy Levy

Between The Showers by Amy Levy

Between the showers I went my way,The glistening street was bright with flowers;It seemed that March had turned to MayBetween the showers.Above the shining roofs and towersThe ...

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Contradictions by Amy Levy

Contradictions by Amy Levy

Now, even, I cannot think it true,My friend, that there is no more you.Almost as soon were no more I,Which were, of course, absurdity!Your place is bare, you are not seen,Your ...

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Last Words by Amy Levy

Last Words by Amy Levy

Dead! all's done with!-- R. Browning.These blossoms that I bring,This song that here I sing,These tears that now I shed,I give unto the dead.There is no more to be done,Nothing ...

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Straw In The Street by Amy Levy

Straw In The Street by Amy Levy

Straw in the street where I pass to-dayDulls the sound of the wheels and feet.'Tis for a failing life they layStraw in the street.Here, where the pulses of London beat,Someone ...

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Alma Mater by Amy Levy

Alma Mater by Amy Levy

A haunted town thou art to me.-- Andrew LangTo-day in Florence all the airIs soft with spring, with sunlight fair;In the tall street gay folks are met;Duomo and Tower gleam ...

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The Dream by Amy Levy

The Dream by Amy Levy

Believe me, this was true last night,Tho' it is false to-day.- A.M.F. Robinson.A fair dream to my chamber flew:Such a crowd of folk that stirred,Jested, fluttered; only you,You ...

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To A Dead Poet by Amy Levy

To A Dead Poet by Amy Levy

I knew not if to laugh or weep;They sat and talked of you--"'Twas here he sat; 'twas this he said!'Twas that he used to do. "Here is the book wherein he read,The room wherein he ...

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Ballade Of An Omnibus by Amy Levy

Ballade Of An Omnibus by Amy Levy

"To see my love suffices me."--Ballades in Blue China.Some men to carriages aspire; On some the costly hansoms wait;Some seek a fly, on job or hire;Some mount the trotting steed, ...

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In A Minor Key by Amy Levy

In A Minor Key by Amy Levy

(AN ECHO FROM A LARGER LYRE.)That was love that I had beforeYears ago, when my heart was young;Ev'ry smile was a gem you wore;Ev'ry word was a sweet song sung.You came--all my ...

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The Birch-Tree At Loschwitz by Amy Levy

The Birch-Tree At Loschwitz by Amy Levy

At Loschwitz above the cityThe air is sunny and chill;The birch-trees and the pine-treesGrow thick upon the hill.Lone and tall, with silver stem,A birch-tree stands apart;The ...

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Felo De Se by Amy Levy

Felo De Se by Amy Levy

With Apologies to Mr. Swinburne.For repose I have sighed and have struggled ; have sigh'd and have struggled in vain;I am held in the Circle of Being and caught in the Circle of ...

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A Cross-Road Epitaph by Amy Levy

A Cross-Road Epitaph by Amy Levy

"Am Kreuzweg wird begrabenWer selber brachte sich um."When first the world grew dark to meI call'd on God, yet came not he.Whereon, as wearier wax'd my lot,On Love I call'd, but ...

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To Sylvia by Amy Levy

To Sylvia by Amy Levy

"O love, lean thou thy cheek to mine,And let the tears together flow"--Such was the song you sang to meOnce, long ago.Such was the song you sang; and yet(O be not wroth!) I ...

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Epitaph. (On A Commonplace Person Who Died In Bed) by Amy Levy

Epitaph. (On A Commonplace Person Who Died In Bed) by Amy Levy

THIS is the end of him, here he lies: The dust in his throat, the worm in his eyes, The mould in his mouth, the turf on his breast; This is the end of him, this is best. He ...

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Captivity by Amy Levy

Captivity by Amy Levy

The lion remembers the forest,The lion in chains;To the bird that is captive a visionOf woodland remains.One strains with his strength at the fetter,In impotent rage;One flutters ...

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A Game Of Lawn Tennis by Amy Levy

A Game Of Lawn Tennis by Amy Levy

What wonder that I should be dreamingOut here in the garden to-day?The light through the leaves is streaming,--Paulina cries, "Play!"The birds to each other are calling,The ...

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Borderland by Amy Levy

Borderland by Amy Levy

Am I waking, am I sleeping?As the first faint dawn comes creepingThro' the pane, I am awareOf an unseen presence hovering,Round, above, in the dusky air:A downy bird, with an ...

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At A Dinner Party by Amy Levy

At A Dinner Party by Amy Levy

With fruit and flowers the board is deckt,The wine and laughter flow;I'll not complain--could one expectSo dull a world to know?You look across the fruit and flowers,My glance ...

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The Village Garden by Amy Levy

The Village Garden by Amy Levy

To E.M.S.Here, where your garden fenced about and still is,Here, where the unmoved summer air is sweetWith mixed delight of lavender and lilies,Dreaming I linger in the noontide ...

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Twilight by Amy Levy

Twilight by Amy Levy

So Mary died last night! To-dayThe news has travelled here.And Robert died at Michaelmas,And Walter died last year.I went at sunset up the lane,I lingered by the stile;I saw the ...

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To Vernon Lee by Amy Levy

To Vernon Lee by Amy Levy

On Bellosguardo, when the year was young,We wandered, seeking for the daffodilAnd dark anemone, whose purples fillThe peasant's plot, between the corn-shoots sprung.Over the grey, ...

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Youth And Love by Amy Levy

Youth And Love by Amy Levy

What does youth know of love?Little enough, I trow!He plucks the myrtle for his brow,For his forehead the rose.Nay, but of loveIt is not youth who knows.

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London Poets by Amy Levy

London Poets by Amy Levy

They trod the streets and squares where now I tread,With weary hearts, a little while ago; When, thin and grey, the melancholy snowClung to the leafless branches overhead; Or when ...

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The Last Judgment by Amy Levy

The Last Judgment by Amy Levy

With beating heart and lagging feet,Lord, I approach the Judgment-seat.All bring hither the fruits of toil,Measures of wheat and measures of oil;Gold and jewels and precious ...

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The Two Terrors by Amy Levy

The Two Terrors by Amy Levy

Two terrors fright my soul by night and day:The first is Life, and with her come the years;A weary, winding train of maidens they,With forward-fronting eyes, too sad for ...

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Sonnet by Amy Levy

Sonnet by Amy Levy

Most wonderful and strange it seems, that IWho but a little time ago was tostHigh on the waves of passion and of pain,With aching heat and wildly throbbing brain,Who peered into ...

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Impotens by Amy Levy

Impotens by Amy Levy

If I were a woman of old,What prayers I would pray for you, dear;My pitiful tribute behold--Not a prayer, but a tear.The pitiless order of things,Whose laws we may change not nor ...

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New Love, New Life by Amy Levy

New Love, New Life by Amy Levy

I.She, who so long has lainStone-stiff with folded wings,Within my heart againThe brown bird wakes and sings.Brown nightingale, whose strainIs heard by day, by night,She sings of ...

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Oh, Is It Love? by Amy Levy

Oh, Is It Love? by Amy Levy

O is it Love or is it Fame,This thing for which I sigh?Or has it then no earthly nameFor men to call it by?I know not what can ease my pains,Nor what it is I wish;The passion at ...

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Out Of Town by Amy Levy

Out Of Town by Amy Levy

Out of town the sky was bright and blue,Never fog-cloud, lowering, thick, was seen to frown;Nature dons a garb of gayer hue,Out of town.Spotless lay the snow on field and ...

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Translated From Geibel by Amy Levy

Translated From Geibel by Amy Levy

O say, thou wild, thou oft deceived heart,What mean these noisy throbbings in my breast?After thy long, unutterable woeWouldst thou not rest?Fall'n from Life's tree the sweet ...

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Sinfonia Eroica by Amy Levy

Sinfonia Eroica by Amy Levy

(To Sylvia.)My Love, my Love, it was a day in June,A mellow, drowsy, golden afternoon;And all the eager people thronging cameTo that great hall, drawn by the magic nameOf one, a ...

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To Death by Amy Levy

To Death by Amy Levy

(From Lenau.)If within my heart there's mould,If the flame of PoesyAnd the flame of Love grow cold,Slay my body utterly.Swiftly, pause not nor delay;Let not my life's field be ...

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The Promise Of Sleep by Amy Levy

The Promise Of Sleep by Amy Levy

Put the sweet thoughts from out thy mind,The dreams from out thy breast;No joy for thee--but thou shalt findThy restAll day I could not work for woe,I could not work nor rest;The ...

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Run To Death by Amy Levy

Run To Death by Amy Levy

A True Incident of Pre-Revolutionary French History.Now the lovely autumn morning breathes its freshness in earth's face,In the crowned castle courtyard the blithe horn proclaims ...

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The Old House by Amy Levy

The Old House by Amy Levy

In through the porch and up the silent stair;Little is changed, I know so well the ways;--Here, the dead came to meet me; it was thereThe dream was dreamed in unforgotten days.But ...

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