Arthur Henry Adams
A Pair Of Lovers In The Street by Arthur Henry Adams

A Pair Of Lovers In The Street by Arthur Henry Adams

A PAIR of lovers in the street! I dare not mock: with reverence meet My unforgetting heart I cheat. Ah, God, spare me—so soon again At the barred door to beat ...

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The Pleiades by Arthur Henry Adams

The Pleiades by Arthur Henry Adams

LAST night I saw the Pleiades again, Faint as a drift of steam From some tall chimney-stack; And I remembered you as you were then: Awoke dead worlds of dream, ...

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On The Sands by Arthur Henry Adams

On The Sands by Arthur Henry Adams

ALL the air was tranced and the sea was stilled, And we stood and dreamed of a world to be. When it seemed to me that our souls were thrilled With a sudden sympathy. My ...

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Nemesis by Arthur Henry Adams

Nemesis by Arthur Henry Adams

All things must fade. There is for cities tall The same tomorrow as for daffodils: Time's wind, that casts the seed, the petal spills. Grim London's ruined arches yet shall fall ...

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Dawn by Arthur Henry Adams

Dawn by Arthur Henry Adams

Far in the Eastern passage-way a sudden light; The stone that blocked the sepulchre is backward rolled; And down into the fœtid, stifling vault of Night The naked corpse of ...

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Rain In The Bush by Arthur Henry Adams

Rain In The Bush by Arthur Henry Adams

The steady soaking of the rain, The bush all sad and sombre; The trees are weeping in their pain, Dank leaves the ground encumber. A dismal ghost of silence strays From ...

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Sydney by Arthur Henry Adams

Sydney by Arthur Henry Adams

In her grey majesty of ancient stone She queens it proudly, though the sun's caress Her piteous cheeks, ravished of bloom, confess, And her dark eyes his bridegroom glance have ...

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Lovers by Arthur Henry Adams

Lovers by Arthur Henry Adams

I thought, because we had been friends so long, That I knew all your dear lips dared intend Before they dawned to speech. Our thoughts would blend, I dreamed, like memories that ...

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Fleet Street by Arthur Henry Adams

Fleet Street by Arthur Henry Adams

BENEATH this narrow jostling street, Unruffled by the noise of feet, Like a slow organ-note I hear The pulses of the great world beat. Unseen beneath the city’s show ...

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A Spring Sonnet by Arthur Henry Adams

A Spring Sonnet by Arthur Henry Adams

Last night beneath the mockery of the moon I heard the sudden startled whisperings Of wakened birds settling their restless wings; The North-east brought his word of gladness, ...

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The New Woman by Arthur Henry Adams

The New Woman by Arthur Henry Adams

THE stone that all the sullen centuries, With sluggish hands and massive fingers rude, Against the sepulchre of womanhood Had sternly held, she has thrust back with ease, And ...

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Reminiscence by Arthur Henry Adams

Reminiscence by Arthur Henry Adams

I STAND in old Earth's presence; over all The warm, pervading sunshine seems to print Life and the Present; and there is no glint Of white bones from the Past's decaying pall; ...

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Pansy: Song-Words by Arthur Henry Adams

Pansy: Song-Words by Arthur Henry Adams

IN a crooked angle Of a garden bower, 'Neath a weedy tangle Grew a modest flower; Unpretending, unoffending, Gifted but with fancy, Unassuming in his blooming Grew that ...

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The Australian by Arthur Henry Adams

The Australian by Arthur Henry Adams

ONCE more this Autumn-earth is ripe, Parturient of another type. While with the Past old nations merge His foot is on the Future’s verge. They watch him, as they ...

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Written In Australia by Arthur Henry Adams

Written In Australia by Arthur Henry Adams

THE WIDE sun stares without a cloud: Whipped by his glances truculent The earth lies quivering and cowed. My heart is hot with discontent: I hate this haggard ...

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Bayswater.W. by Arthur Henry Adams

Bayswater.W. by Arthur Henry Adams

About me leagues of houses lie, Above me, grim and straight and high, They climb; the terraces lean up Like long grey reefs against the sky. Packed tier on tier the people dwell; ...

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The Weakling by Arthur Henry Adams

The Weakling by Arthur Henry Adams

I AM a weakling. God, who made The still, strong man, made also me. The God who could the tiger plan, In his lithe splendour unafraid— A thing of flame and poetry— ...

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China 1899 by Arthur Henry Adams

China 1899 by Arthur Henry Adams

She lies, a grave disdain all her defence, Too imperturbable for scorn. She hears Only the murmur of the flowing years That thunder slowly on her shores immense And ebb away in ...

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The Wonderful Aussie Waler by Arthur Henry Adams

The Wonderful Aussie Waler by Arthur Henry Adams

When Allenby's Army smashed the TurkWho was the bloke who did all the workThe Aussie knows and he'll tell you straightThat most of the job was done by his mateThe wonderful Aussie ...

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And Yet by Arthur Henry Adams

And Yet by Arthur Henry Adams

THEY drew him from the darkened room, Where, swooning in a peace profound, Beneath a heavy fragrance drowned Her grey form glimmered in the gloom. Death smoothed from her ...

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Blossom by Arthur Henry Adams

Blossom by Arthur Henry Adams

A LONE rose in a garden burned—a quivering flame, But yesterday blindly from out the bud it came; And now an envious wind with itching fingers leant And touched its lingering ...

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The Dwellings Of Our Dead by Arthur Henry Adams

The Dwellings Of Our Dead by Arthur Henry Adams

They lie unwatched, in waste and vacant places, In sombre bush or wind-swept tussock spaces, Where seldom human tread And never human trace is— The dwellings of our dead! ...

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Love And Life by Arthur Henry Adams

Love And Life by Arthur Henry Adams

I. AS some faint wisp of fragrance, floating wide— A pennant-perfume on the evening air— From a walled garden, flower-filled and fair, To drape a sudden beauty long denied ...

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After Long Years by Arthur Henry Adams

After Long Years by Arthur Henry Adams

“AND have I changed?” she asked, and as she spoke The old smile o'er her pale face bravely broke, And in her eyes dead worlds of pathos woke. Changed? When I knew again the ...

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Grey Eyes by Arthur Henry Adams

Grey Eyes by Arthur Henry Adams

SHE glanced across the path to me, Grey eyes! Her looks were kisses plain to see. I gave her glances back to her— Glad eyes! She saw the lifting of despair. From ...

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Other Verses by Arthur Henry Adams

Other Verses by Arthur Henry Adams

Myself—My Song. HERE, aloof, I take my stand— Alien, iconoclast— Poet of a newer land, Confident, aggressive, lonely, Product of the present only, Thinking nothing of the ...

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The Perfect Present by Arthur Henry Adams

The Perfect Present by Arthur Henry Adams

SO I have kissed you! And this hour is mine. Its light along the level future lasts, It crowns a drab eternity of Pasts! Here soul and soul have crossed the border-line Of ...

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A Woman’s Farewell by Arthur Henry Adams

A Woman’s Farewell by Arthur Henry Adams

SO with this farewell kiss I taste at last The all of life; the Future and the Past Upon your dear lips dwell. Love will not come again, though I implore; And in my heart a ...

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A.D. 19—? by Arthur Henry Adams

A.D. 19—? by Arthur Henry Adams

AS in some quiet city bathed in sleep, Where like a kiss the twilight lingereth, When suddenly the earth stirs far beneath— Just moves, then pauses—and a silence deep Falls on ...

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On The Plains by Arthur Henry Adams

On The Plains by Arthur Henry Adams

ALONE with the silence, the sun and sky, Full length on the tussocky plain I lie: An ocean of yellow from east to west Still rolling and sweeping, far crest on crest; And ...

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The World Has Grown So Grey by Arthur Henry Adams

The World Has Grown So Grey by Arthur Henry Adams

THE world has grown so grey, love, The weary world so wide; And autumn seems to stay, love— 'T was autumn when you died. And everything is strange and new, For all my world ...

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Civilisation by Arthur Henry Adams

Civilisation by Arthur Henry Adams

One moment mankind rides the crested wave, A moment glorious, beyond recall; And then the wave, with slow and massive fall, Obliterates the beauty that it gave. When discrowned ...

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The Poet To Be Yet by Arthur Henry Adams

The Poet To Be Yet by Arthur Henry Adams

NOT he who sings smooth songs that soothe— Sweet opiates that lull asleep The sorrow that would only weep; There are some spirit-stains so deep That only tears may wash away. ...

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Song by Arthur Henry Adams

Song by Arthur Henry Adams

TO a woman's wistful heart In a startled wave of feeling, Swift and sudden, Sweeps love's flood in, Joy with fear in rapture reeling; Scathe and sorrow, fret and smart, In ...

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Sunset by Arthur Henry Adams

Sunset by Arthur Henry Adams

WHAT horror lurked within the First Man's brain As downward to the West the Sun-god stepped, And paused upon the hill-ridge, ere he leapt Headlong into the night! What cold, ...

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The Coming Of The Rauparaha by Arthur Henry Adams

The Coming Of The Rauparaha by Arthur Henry Adams

BLUE, the wreaths of smoke, like drooping banners From the flaming battlements of sunset Hung suspended; and within his whare Hipe, last of Ngatiraukawa's chieftains, Lay ...

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Maoriland by Arthur Henry Adams

Maoriland by Arthur Henry Adams

MAORILAND, my mother! Holds the earth so fair another? O, my land of the moa and Maori , Garlanded grand with your forests of kauri , Lone you stand, only beauty your ...

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Afterwards by Arthur Henry Adams

Afterwards by Arthur Henry Adams

NOW that our pathways sever here, And mine slopes down across the night, Whence I shall see you burning clear A beacon on the mountain-height— Now that our pathways sever ...

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Satana by Arthur Henry Adams

Satana by Arthur Henry Adams

SHE draws all men to serve her, and her lure Is her pulsating human loveliness— The beauty of her bosom's rippling lines, The passion pleading in her eyes, the pure Soft ...

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The Storm And The Bush by Arthur Henry Adams

The Storm And The Bush by Arthur Henry Adams

There are only two things in the world— The storm in the air and the stretch of green leaves; The flesh of the forest that quivers and heaves As the blast on its bosom is ...

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Sydney Nocturnes by Arthur Henry Adams

Sydney Nocturnes by Arthur Henry Adams

From The North Shore. TO Day she would not show her charms; But now the Night beseeches, A white reproach of wistful arms Over the bay she reaches. Upon her gleaming bosom, ...

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Bereft by Arthur Henry Adams

Bereft by Arthur Henry Adams

FOR nine drear nights my darling has been dead; And ah, dear God! I cannot dream of her! Now I shall see her always lying white— A frozen flower beneath a snow of flowers, ...

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The Goal by Arthur Henry Adams

The Goal by Arthur Henry Adams

ON the grey levels of the plain of life When, slowly swirled, The moving hills of morning mist Hedged in the world— While yet undared the path of toil and strife, I found a ...

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The Garden Of The Sea by Arthur Henry Adams

The Garden Of The Sea by Arthur Henry Adams

THE infinite garden of the sea is His To play in. Gravely smiling He resigns To man his choice—this rugged plot of earth, Watches man tear it with his deep canals, Wound it ...

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A Question by Arthur Henry Adams

A Question by Arthur Henry Adams

AND so in the death-darkened chamber they met, The woman that once he had loved and the one he loved yet— The wife who had warped his desire and the woman he could not forget. ...

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To One Slain In Absence by Arthur Henry Adams

To One Slain In Absence by Arthur Henry Adams

AND so we parted, love, oblivious That we were parting! With our laughter light, Flouting the future, on the morrow bright At our old tryst we would once more discuss The ...

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To My Love by Arthur Henry Adams

To My Love by Arthur Henry Adams

“PAINT me,” you said, “a poem; give to me A breathing thought that I may keep to kiss!” While that low laugh that aye a mandate is Nestled upon your lips. Call memory To that ...

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The Reaper by Arthur Henry Adams

The Reaper by Arthur Henry Adams

The world is drowsy, the winds asleep, On the sward of the sky the star-blossoms peep, And the grey Moon moves with his silver scythe The pallid flowers of light to reap.

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Man And Woman by Arthur Henry Adams

Man And Woman by Arthur Henry Adams

THUS God made Man to cope with destiny: Taking the common clay, God moistened it With His red blood; and so for ever lit That sombre grossness with divinity. So Man for ...

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In Hyde Park by Arthur Henry Adams

In Hyde Park by Arthur Henry Adams

The white mist walks between the trees In silver gown; Her mystic floating draperies The branches drown; And lurking there with eager leer And wonder new, The lamps ...

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