Charles Lamb
A Farewell To Tobacco by Charles Lamb

A Farewell To Tobacco by Charles Lamb

May the Babylonish curseStraight confound my stammering verse,If I can a passage seeIn this word-perplexity,Or a fit expression find,Or a language to my mind,(Still the phrase is ...

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Written Christmas Day 1797 by Charles Lamb

Written Christmas Day 1797 by Charles Lamb

I am a widow'd thing, now thou art gone!Now thou art gone, my own familiar friend,Companion, sister, help-mate, counsellor!Alas! that honour'd mind, whose sweet reproofAnd meekest ...

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Why Not Do It, Sir, Today? by Charles Lamb

Why Not Do It, Sir, Today? by Charles Lamb

'Why so I will, you noisy bird,This very day I'll advertise you,Perhaps some busy ones may prize you.A fine-tongued parrot as was ever heard,I'll word it thus-set forth all charms ...

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Written Soon After The Preceding Poem by Charles Lamb

Written Soon After The Preceding Poem by Charles Lamb

Thou should'st have longer liv'd, and to the graveHave peacefully gone down in full old age!Thy children would have tended thy gray hairs.We might have sat, as we have often ...

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Written On The Day Of My Aunt’s Funeral by Charles Lamb

Written On The Day Of My Aunt’s Funeral by Charles Lamb

Thou too art dead, ---! very kindHast thou been to me in my childish days,Thou best good creature. I have not forgotHow thou didst love thy Charles, when he was yetA prating ...

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A Ballad by Charles Lamb

A Ballad by Charles Lamb

In a costly palace Youth goes clad in gold;In a wretched workhouse Age's limbs are cold:There they sit, the old men by a shivering fire,Still close and closer cowering, warmth is ...

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Which Is The Favourite? by Charles Lamb

Which Is The Favourite? by Charles Lamb

Brothers and sisters I have many:Though I know there is not anyOf them but I love, yet IWill just name them all; and tryIf there be one a little moreLoved by me than all the ...

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Written A Year After The Events by Charles Lamb

Written A Year After The Events by Charles Lamb

Alas! how am I chang'd! Where be the tears,The sobs, and forc'd suspensions of the breath,And all the dull desertions of the heart,With which I hung o'er my dead mother's ...

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Written In The First Leaf Of A Child’s Memorandum-Book by Charles Lamb

Written In The First Leaf Of A Child’s Memorandum-Book by Charles Lamb

My neat and pretty book, when I thy small lines seeThey seem for any use to be unfit for me.My writing, all misshaped, uneven as my mind,Within this narrow space can hardly be ...

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A Dramatic Fragment by Charles Lamb

A Dramatic Fragment by Charles Lamb

'Fie upon't!All men are false, I think. The date of loveIs out, expired, its stories all grown stale,O'erpast, forgotten, like an antique taleOf Hero and Leander.' -John ...

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Anger by Charles Lamb

Anger by Charles Lamb

Anger in its time and placeMay assume a kind of grace.It must have some reason in it,And not last beyond a minute.If to further lengths it go,It does into malice grow.'Tis the ...

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A Farewell To Tobacco by Charles Lamb

A Farewell To Tobacco by Charles Lamb

May the Babylonish curseStraight confound my stammering verse,If I can a passage seeIn this word-perplexity,Or a fit expression find,Or a language to my mind,(Still the phrase is ...

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Beauty And The Beast by Charles Lamb

Beauty And The Beast by Charles Lamb

A Merchant, who by generous painsProspered in honourable gains,Could boast, his wealth and fame to share,Three manly Sons, three Daughters fair;With these he felt supremely ...

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Choosing A Name by Charles Lamb

Choosing A Name by Charles Lamb

I have got a new-born sister;I was nigh the first that kissed her.When the nursing woman brought herTo papa, his infant daughter,How papa's dear eyes did glisten!-She will shortly ...

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A Vision Of Repentance by Charles Lamb

A Vision Of Repentance by Charles Lamb

I saw a famous fountain, in my dream,Where shady path-ways to a valley led;A weeping willow lay upon that stream,And all around the fountain brink were spreadWide branching trees, ...

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The Old Familiar Faces by Charles Lamb

The Old Familiar Faces by Charles Lamb

I HAVE had playmates, I have had companions, In my days of childhood, in my joyful school-days-- All, all are gone, the old familiar faces. I have been laughing, I have been ...

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Breakfast by Charles Lamb

Breakfast by Charles Lamb

A dinner party, coffee, tea,Sandwich, or supper, all may beIn their way pleasant. But to meNot one of these deserves the praiseThat welcomer of new-born days,A breakfast, merits; ...

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On An Infant Dying As Soon As Born by Charles Lamb

On An Infant Dying As Soon As Born by Charles Lamb

I SAW where in the shroud did lurk A curious frame of Nature's work; A floweret crush'd in the bud, A nameless piece of Babyhood, Was in her cradle-coffin lying; Extinct, with ...

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The Boy And The Snake by Charles Lamb

The Boy And The Snake by Charles Lamb

Henry was every morning fedWith a full mess of milk and bread.One day the boy his breakfast took,And eat it by a purling brookWhich through his mother's orchard ran.From that time ...

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Crumbs To The Birds by Charles Lamb

Crumbs To The Birds by Charles Lamb

A bird appears a thoughtless thing,He's ever living on the wing,And keeps up such a carolling,That little else to do but singA man would guess had he.No doubt he has his little ...

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Choosing A Profession by Charles Lamb

Choosing A Profession by Charles Lamb

A Creole boy from the West Indies brought,To be in European learning taught,Some years before to Westminster he went,To a preparatory school was sent.When from his artless tale ...

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Cleanliness by Charles Lamb

Cleanliness by Charles Lamb

Come, my little Robert, near-Fie! what filthy hands are here-Who that e'er could understandThe rare structure of a hand,With its branching fingers fine,Work itself of hands ...

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Hester by Charles Lamb

Hester by Charles Lamb

WHEN maidens such as Hester die Their place ye may not well supply, Though ye among a thousand try With vain endeavour. A month or more hath she been dead, Yet cannot I by ...

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A Parody by Charles Lamb

A Parody by Charles Lamb

Lazy-bones, lazy-bones, wake up and peep;The Cat's in the cupboard, your Mother's asleep.There you sit snoring, forgetting her ills:Who is to give her her Bolus and ...

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The Spartan Boy by Charles Lamb

The Spartan Boy by Charles Lamb

When I the memory repeatOf the heroic actions great,Which, in contempt of pain and death,Were done by men who drew their breathIn ages past, I find no deedThat can in fortitude ...

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A Timid Grace Sits Trembling In Her Eye by Charles Lamb

A Timid Grace Sits Trembling In Her Eye by Charles Lamb

A timid grace sits trembling in her eye, As loath to meet the rudeness of men's sight, Yet shedding a delicious lunar light That steeps in kind oblivious ecstasy The care-crazed ...

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A Ballad by Charles Lamb

A Ballad by Charles Lamb

In a costly palace Youth goes clad in gold;In a wretched workhouse Age's limbs are cold:There they sit, the old men by a shivering fire,Still close and closer cowering, warmth is ...

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Conquest Of Prejudice by Charles Lamb

Conquest Of Prejudice by Charles Lamb

Unto a Yorkshire school was sentA negro youth to learn to write,And the first day young Juba wentAll gazed on him as a rare sight.But soon with altered looks askanceThey view his ...

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Eyes by Charles Lamb

Eyes by Charles Lamb

Lucy, what do you espyIn the cast in Jenny's eyeThat should you to laughter move?I far other feelings prove.When on me she does advanceHer good-natured countenance,And those eyes ...

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Charity by Charles Lamb

Charity by Charles Lamb

O why your good deeds with such pride do you scan,And why that self-satisfied smileAt the shilling you gave to the poor working man,That lifted you over the stile?'Tis not much; ...

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Beauty’s Song by Charles Lamb

Beauty’s Song by Charles Lamb

What's Life still changing ev'ry hour?Tis all the seasons in a Day!The Smile, the Tear, the Sun, the Show'r'Tis now December, now tis MayAt morn we hail some envied Queen;At eve ...

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Lines by Charles Lamb

Lines by Charles Lamb

ON THE CELEBRATED PICTURE BY LEONARDO DA VINCI, CALLED THE VIRGIN OF THE ROCKSWhile young John runs to greetThe greater Infant's feet,The Mother standing by, with trembling ...

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The Peach by Charles Lamb

The Peach by Charles Lamb

Mamma gave us a single peach,She shared it among seven;Now you may think that unto eachBut a small piece was given.Yet though each share was very small,We owned when it was ...

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Epigram by Charles Lamb

Epigram by Charles Lamb

(Written in the last reign.)Ye Politicians, tell me, pray,Why thus with woe and care rent?This is the worst that you can say,Some wind has blown the wig away,And left the hair ...

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Clock Striking by Charles Lamb

Clock Striking by Charles Lamb

Did I hear the church-clock a few minutes ago,I was asked, and I answered, I hardly did know,But I thought that I heard it strike three.Said my friend then, 'The blessings we ...

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David by Charles Lamb

David by Charles Lamb

It is not always to the strongVictorious battle shall belong.This found Goliath huge and tall:Mightiest giant of them all,Who in the proud Philistian hostDefiëd Israel with ...

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Discontent And Quarrelling by Charles Lamb

Discontent And Quarrelling by Charles Lamb

JANE.Miss Lydia every day is drestBetter than I am in my bestWhite cambric-muslin frock.I wish I had one made of clearWorked lawn, or leno very dear.-And then my heart is ...

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David In The Cave Of Adullam by Charles Lamb

David In The Cave Of Adullam by Charles Lamb

David and his three captains boldKept ambush once within a hold.It was in Adullam's cave,Nigh which no water they could have.Nor spring nor running brook was nearTo quench the ...

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The Dessert by Charles Lamb

The Dessert by Charles Lamb

With the apples and the plumsLittle Carolina comes,At the time of the dessert sheComes and drops her last new curtsy;Graceful curtsy, practised o'erIn the nursery before.What ...

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Living Without God In The World by Charles Lamb

Living Without God In The World by Charles Lamb

Mystery of God! thou brave & beauteous world!Made fair with light, & shade, & stars, & flowers;Made fearful and august with woods & rocks,Jagg'd precipice, black mountain, sea in ...

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Sonnet Viii by Charles Lamb

Sonnet Viii by Charles Lamb

As when a child on some long winter's nightAffrighted clinging to its Grandam's kneesWith eager wond'ring and perturb'd delightListens strange tales of fearful dark ...

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The Journey From School And To School by Charles Lamb

The Journey From School And To School by Charles Lamb

O what a joyous joyous dayIs that on which we comeAt the recess from school away,Each lad to his own home!What though the coach is crammëd full,The weather very warm;Think you a ...

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The Fairy by Charles Lamb

The Fairy by Charles Lamb

Said Ann to Matilda, 'I wish that we knewIf what we've been reading of fairies be true.Do you think that the poet himself had a sight ofThe fairies he here does so prettily write ...

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The Ride by Charles Lamb

The Ride by Charles Lamb

Lately an equipage I overtook,And helped to lift it o'er a narrow brook.No horse it had except one boy, who drewHis sister out in it the fields to view.O happy town-bred girl, in ...

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The Reproof by Charles Lamb

The Reproof by Charles Lamb

Mamma heard me with scorn and prideA wretched beggar-boy deride.'Do you not know,' said I, 'how meanIt is to be thus begging seen?If for a week I were not fed,I'm sure I would not ...

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Envy by Charles Lamb

Envy by Charles Lamb

This rose-tree is not made to bearThe violet blue, nor lily fair,Nor the sweet mignonette:And if this tree were discontent,Or wished to change its natural bent,It all in vain ...

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Parental Recollections by Charles Lamb

Parental Recollections by Charles Lamb

A child's a plaything for an hour;Its pretty tricks we tryFor that or for a longer space;Then tire, and lay it by.But I knew one that to itselfAll seasons could control;That would ...

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The First Tooth by Charles Lamb

The First Tooth by Charles Lamb

SISTER.Through the house what busy joy,Just because the infant boyHas a tiny tooth to show.I have got a double row,All as white, and all as small;Yet no one cares for mine at ...

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On The Sight Of Swans In Kensington Gardens by Charles Lamb

On The Sight Of Swans In Kensington Gardens by Charles Lamb

Queen-bird, that sittest on thy shining nest And thy young cygnets without sorrow hatchest, And thou, thou other royal bird, that watchest Lest the white mother wandering feet ...

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As When A Child… by Charles Lamb

As When A Child… by Charles Lamb

As when a child on some long winter's night Affrighted clinging to its Grandam's knees With eager wond'ring and perturbed delight Listens strange tales of fearful dark decrees ...

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