Clive Staples Lewis
L’apprenti Sorcier by Clive Staples Lewis

L’apprenti Sorcier by Clive Staples Lewis

Suddenly there came to me The music of a mighty sea That on a bare and iron shore Thundered with a deeper roar Than all the tides that leap and run With us below the real ...

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On Being Human by Clive Staples Lewis

On Being Human by Clive Staples Lewis

Angelic minds, they say, by simple intelligence Behold the Forms of nature. They discern Unerringly the Archtypes, all the verities Which mortals lack or indirectly learn. ...

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The Meteorite by Clive Staples Lewis

The Meteorite by Clive Staples Lewis

Among the hills a meteoriteLies huge; and moss has overgrown,And wind and rain with touches lightMade soft, the contours of the stone.Thus easily can Earth digestA cinder of ...

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The Country Of The Blind by Clive Staples Lewis

The Country Of The Blind by Clive Staples Lewis

Hard light bathed them-a whole nation of eyeless men, Dark bipeds not aware how they were maimed. A long Process, clearly, a slow curse, Drained through centuries, ...

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An Expostulation by Clive Staples Lewis

An Expostulation by Clive Staples Lewis

Against too many writers of science fiction Why did you lure us on like this, Light-year on light-year, through the abyss, Building (as though we cared for size!) Empires that ...

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After Prayers, Lie Cold by Clive Staples Lewis

After Prayers, Lie Cold by Clive Staples Lewis

Arise my body, my small body, we have striven Enough, and He is merciful; we are forgiven. Arise small body, puppet-like and pale, and go, White as the bed-clothes into bed, and ...

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French Nocturne (Monchy-Le-Preux) by Clive Staples Lewis

French Nocturne (Monchy-Le-Preux) by Clive Staples Lewis

Long leagues on either hand the trenches spreadAnd all is still; now even this gross lineDrinks in the frosty silences divineThe pale, green moon is riding overhead.The jaws of a ...

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Prelude To Space by Clive Staples Lewis

Prelude To Space by Clive Staples Lewis

An Epithaliamium So Man, grown vigorous now, Holds himself ripe to breed, Daily devises how To ejaculate his seed And boldly fertilizeThe black womb of the ...

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In Prison by Clive Staples Lewis

In Prison by Clive Staples Lewis

I cried out for the pain of man,I cried out for my bitter wrathAgainst the hopeless life that ranFor ever in a circling pathFrom death to death since all began;Till on a summer ...

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On A Vulgar Error by Clive Staples Lewis

On A Vulgar Error by Clive Staples Lewis

No. It's an impudent falsehood. Men did not Invariably think the newer way Prosaicmad, inelegant, or what not.Was the first pointed arch esteemed a blot Upon the church? Did ...

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Re-Adjustment by Clive Staples Lewis

Re-Adjustment by Clive Staples Lewis

I thought there would be a grave beauty, a sunset splendourIn being the last of one's kind: a topmost moment as one watched The huge wave curving over Atlantis, the shrouded barge ...

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Our Daily Bread by Clive Staples Lewis

Our Daily Bread by Clive Staples Lewis

We need no barbarous words nor solemn spellTo raise the unknown. It lies before our feet;There have been men who sank down into Hell In some suburban street,And some there are ...

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Death In Battle by Clive Staples Lewis

Death In Battle by Clive Staples Lewis

Open the gates for me,Open the gates of the peaceful castle, rosy in the West,In the sweet dim Isle of Apples over the wide sea’s breast,Open the gates for me!Sorely pressed have ...

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Cliche Came Out Of Its Cage by Clive Staples Lewis

Cliche Came Out Of Its Cage by Clive Staples Lewis

1You said 'The world is going back to Paganism'. Oh bright Vision! I saw our dynasty in the bar of the House Spill from their tumblers a libation to the Erinyes, And Leavis with ...

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Hesperus by Clive Staples Lewis

Hesperus by Clive Staples Lewis

Through the starry hollowOf the summer nightI would follow, followHesperus the bright,To seek beyond the western waveHis garden of delight.Hesperus the fairestOf all gods that ...

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The Condemned by Clive Staples Lewis

The Condemned by Clive Staples Lewis

There is a wildness still in England that will not feed In cages; it shrinks away from the touch of the trainer's hand,Easy to kill, not easy to tame. It will never breed In a zoo ...

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Lullaby by Clive Staples Lewis

Lullaby by Clive Staples Lewis

Lullaby! Lullaby!There’s a tower strong and highBuilt of oak and brick and stone,Stands before a wood alone.The doors are of the oak so brownAs any ale in Oxford town,The walls ...

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Science-Fiction Cradlesong by Clive Staples Lewis

Science-Fiction Cradlesong by Clive Staples Lewis

By and by Man will try To get out into the sky, Sailing far beyond the air From Down and Here to Up and There. Stars and sky, sky and stars Make us feel the prison bars.Suppose it ...

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De Profundis by Clive Staples Lewis

De Profundis by Clive Staples Lewis

Come let us curse our Master ere we die,For all our hopes in endless ruin lie.The good is dead. Let us curse God most High.Four thousand years of toil and hope and thoughtWherein ...

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Evolutionary Hymn by Clive Staples Lewis

Evolutionary Hymn by Clive Staples Lewis

Lead us, Evolution, lead us Up the future's endless stair;Chop us, change us, prod us, weed us. For stagnation is despair:Groping, guessing, yet progressing, Lead us nobody knows ...

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The Future Of Forestry by Clive Staples Lewis

The Future Of Forestry by Clive Staples Lewis

How will the legend of the age of treesFeel, when the last tree falls in England?When the concrete spreads and the town conquersThe country’s heart; when contraceptiveTarmac’s ...

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Hymn (For Boys’ Voices) by Clive Staples Lewis

Hymn (For Boys’ Voices) by Clive Staples Lewis

All the things magicians doCould be done by me and youFreely, if we only knew.Human children every dayCould play at games the faeries playIf they were but shown the way.Every man ...

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In Praise Of Solid People by Clive Staples Lewis

In Praise Of Solid People by Clive Staples Lewis

Thank God that there are solid folkWho water flowers and roll the lawn,And sit an sew and talk and smoke,And snore all through the summer dawn.Who pass untroubled nights and ...

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Tu Ne Quaesieris by Clive Staples Lewis

Tu Ne Quaesieris by Clive Staples Lewis

For all the lore of Lodge and MyersI cannot heal my torn desires,Nor hope for all that man can speerTo make the riddling earth grow clear.Though it were sure and proven wellThat I ...

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Victory by Clive Staples Lewis

Victory by Clive Staples Lewis

Roland is dead, Cuchulain's crest is low,The battered war-rear wastes and turns to rust,And Helen's eyes and Iseult's lips are dustAnd dust the shoulders and the breasts of ...

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The Philosopher by Clive Staples Lewis

The Philosopher by Clive Staples Lewis

Who shall be our prophet then,Chosen from all the sons of menTo lead his fellows on the wayOf hidden knowledge, delving deepTo nameless mysteries that keepTheir secret from the ...

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Le Roi S’amuse by Clive Staples Lewis

Le Roi S’amuse by Clive Staples Lewis

Jove gazedOn woven mazesOf patterned movement as the atoms whirled.His glance turnedInto dancing, burningColour-gods who rushed upon that sullen world,Waking, re-making, exalting ...

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The Star-Bath by Clive Staples Lewis

The Star-Bath by Clive Staples Lewis

A place uplifted towards the midnight skyFar, far away among the mountains old,A treeless waste of rocks and freezing cold,Where the dead, cheerless moon rode neighbouring by-And ...

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Song Of The Pilgrims by Clive Staples Lewis

Song Of The Pilgrims by Clive Staples Lewis

O Dwellers at the back of the North Wind,What have we done to you? How have we sinnedWandering the Earth from Orkney unto Ind?With many deaths our fellowship is thinned,Our flesh ...

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Irish Nocturne by Clive Staples Lewis

Irish Nocturne by Clive Staples Lewis

Now the grey mist comes creeping upFrom the waste ocean’s weedy strandAnd fills the valley, as a cupIf filled of evil drink in a wizard’s hand;And the trees fade out of sight,Like ...

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The Ass by Clive Staples Lewis

The Ass by Clive Staples Lewis

I woke and rose and slipt awayTo the heathery hills in the morning grey.In a field where the dew lay cold and deepI met an ass, new-roused from sleep.I stroked his nose and I ...

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World’s Desire by Clive Staples Lewis

World’s Desire by Clive Staples Lewis

Love, there is a castle built in a country desolate,On a rock above a forest where the trees are grim and great,Blasted with the lightning sharp-giant boulders strewn between,And ...

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The Satyr by Clive Staples Lewis

The Satyr by Clive Staples Lewis

When the flowery hands of springForth their woodland riches fling, Through the meadows, through the valleysGoes the satyr carolling.From the mountain and the moor,Forest green ...

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Apology by Clive Staples Lewis

Apology by Clive Staples Lewis

If men should ask, Despoina, why I tellOf nothing glad nor noble in my verseTo lighten hearts beneath this present curseAnd build a heaven of dreams in real hell,Go you to them ...

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Alexandrines by Clive Staples Lewis

Alexandrines by Clive Staples Lewis

There is a house that most of all on earth I hate.Though I have passed through many sorrows and have beenIn bloody fields, sad seas, and countries desolate,Yet most I fear that ...

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Dungeon Grates by Clive Staples Lewis

Dungeon Grates by Clive Staples Lewis

So piteously the lonely soul of manShudders before this universal plan,So grievous is the burden and the pain,So heavy weighs the long, material chainFrom cause to cause, too ...

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Oxford by Clive Staples Lewis

Oxford by Clive Staples Lewis

It is well that there are palaces of peaceAnd discipline and dreaming and desire,Lest we forget our heritage and ceaseThe Spirit’s work—to hunger and aspire:Lest we forget that we ...

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How He Saw Angus, The God by Clive Staples Lewis

How He Saw Angus, The God by Clive Staples Lewis

I heard the swallow sing in the eaves and roseAll in a strange delight while others slept,And down the creaking stair, alone, tip-toes, So carefully I crept.The house was dark ...

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Noon by Clive Staples Lewis

Noon by Clive Staples Lewis

Noon! and in the garden bowerThe hot air quivers o’er the grass,The little lake is smooth as glassAnd still so heavily the hourDrags, that scarce the proudest flowerPressed upon ...

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To Sleep by Clive Staples Lewis

To Sleep by Clive Staples Lewis

I will find out a place for thee, O Sleep-A hidden wood among the hill-tops green,Full of soft streams and little winds that creep The murmuring boughs between.A hollow cup above ...

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Here The Whole World by Clive Staples Lewis

Here The Whole World by Clive Staples Lewis

Here the whole world (stars, water, air, And field, and forest, as they were Reflected in a single mind) Like cast off clothes was left behind In ashes, yet with hopes that she, ...

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The Ocean Strand by Clive Staples Lewis

The Ocean Strand by Clive Staples Lewis

O leave the labouring roadways of the town,The shifting faces and the changeful hueOf markets, and broad echoing streets that drownThe heart’s own silent music. Though they ...

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L’apprenti Sorcier by Clive Staples Lewis

L’apprenti Sorcier by Clive Staples Lewis

Suddenly there came to meThe music of a mighty seaThat on a bare and iron shoreThundered with a deeper roarThan all the tides that leap and runWith us below the real sun:Because ...

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The Witch by Clive Staples Lewis

The Witch by Clive Staples Lewis

Trapped amid the woods with guileThey've led her bound in fetters vileTo death, a deadlier sorceressThan any born for earth's distressSince first the winner of the fleeceBore home ...

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Night by Clive Staples Lewis

Night by Clive Staples Lewis

After the fret and failure of this day,And weariness of thought, O Mother Night,Come with soft kiss to soothe our care awayAnd all our little tumults set to right;Most pitiful of ...

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Night (Ii) by Clive Staples Lewis

Night (Ii) by Clive Staples Lewis

I know a little Druid woodWhere I would slumber if I couldAnd have the murmuring of the streamTo mingle with a midnight dream,And have the holy hazel treesTo play above me in the ...

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The Spook by Clive Staples Lewis

The Spook by Clive Staples Lewis

Last night I dreamed that I was come againUnto the house where my beloved dwellsAfter long years of wandering and pain.And I stood out beneath the drenching rainAnd all the street ...

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The Autumn Morning by Clive Staples Lewis

The Autumn Morning by Clive Staples Lewis

See! the pale autumn dawnIs faint, upon the lawn That lies in powdered white Of hoar-frost dightAnd now from tree to treeThe ghostly mist we see Hung like a silver pall ...

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Ode For New Year’s Day by Clive Staples Lewis

Ode For New Year’s Day by Clive Staples Lewis

Woe unto you, ye sons of pain that are this day in earth,Now cry for all your torment: now curse your hour of birthAnd the fathers who begat you to a portion nothing worth.And ...

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Ballade Mystique by Clive Staples Lewis

Ballade Mystique by Clive Staples Lewis

The big, red-house is bare and loneThe stony garden waste and sereWith blight of breezes ocean blownTo pinch the wakening of the year;My kindly friends with busy cheerMy ...

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