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The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Viii. by Coventry Patmore

The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Viii. by Coventry Patmore

Preludes. I Life of Life What's that, which, ere I spake, was gone: So joyful and intense a spark That, whilst o'erhead the wonder shone, The day, before but dull, grew ...

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The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Vi. by Coventry Patmore

The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Vi. by Coventry Patmore

Preludes. I Perfect Love rare Most rare is still most noble found, Most noble still most incomplete; Sad law, which leaves King Love uncrown'd In this obscure, terrestrial ...

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The Victories Of Love. Book I by Coventry Patmore

The Victories Of Love. Book I by Coventry Patmore

I From Frederick Graham Mother, I smile at your alarms! I own, indeed, my Cousin's charms, But, like all nursery maladies, Love is not badly taken twice. Have you ...

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The Angel In The House.  Book Ii.  Canto Xii. by Coventry Patmore

The Angel In The House. Book Ii. Canto Xii. by Coventry Patmore

PreludesI The Married Lover Why, having won her, do I woo?Because her spirit's vestal graceProvokes me always to pursue,But, spirit-like, eludes embrace;Because her womanhood is ...

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The Angel In The House.  Book I.  Canto Viii. by Coventry Patmore

The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Viii. by Coventry Patmore

Preludes.I Life of Life What's that, which, ere I spake, was gone:So joyful and intense a sparkThat, whilst o'erhead the wonder shone,The day, before but dull, grew dark?I do not ...

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Love’s Reality by Coventry Patmore

Love’s Reality by Coventry Patmore

I walk, I trust, with open eyes; I've travelled half my worldly course; And in the way behind me lies Much vanity and some remorse; I've lived to feel how pride may part Spirits, ...

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Deliciae Sapientiae De Amore by Coventry Patmore

Deliciae Sapientiae De Amore by Coventry Patmore

Love, light for meThy ruddiest blazing torch,That I, albeit a beggar by the PorchOf the glad Palace of Virginity,May gaze within,k and sing the pomp I see;For, crown'd with roses ...

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Departure by Coventry Patmore

Departure by Coventry Patmore

It was not like your great and gracious ways! Do you, that have naught other to lament, Never, my Love, repent Of how, that July afternoon, You went,With sudden, unintelligible ...

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The Kiss by Coventry Patmore

The Kiss by Coventry Patmore

'I saw you take his kiss!' ''Tis true.''O, modesty!' ' 'Twas strictly kept:He thought me asleep; at least I knewHe thought I thought he thought I slept.'

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The Woodman’s Daughter by Coventry Patmore

The Woodman’s Daughter by Coventry Patmore

In Gerald's Cottage by the hill,Old Gerald and his child,Innocent Maud, dwelt happily;He toil'd, and she beguiledThe long day at her spinning-wheel,In the garden now grown wild.At ...

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Amelia by Coventry Patmore

Amelia by Coventry Patmore

Whene'er mine eyes do my Amelia greetIt is with such emotionAs when, in childhood, turning a dim street,I first beheld the ocean.There, where the little, bright, surf-breathing ...

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The Angel In The House.  Book I.  Canto Ii. by Coventry Patmore

The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Ii. by Coventry Patmore

Preludes.I The Paragon When I behold the skies aloftPassing the pageantry of dreams,The cloud whose bosom, cygnet-soft,A couch for nuptial Juno seems,The ocean broad, the ...

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The Spirit’s Depths by Coventry Patmore

The Spirit’s Depths by Coventry Patmore

Not in the crisis of eventsOf compass'd hopes, or fears fulfill'd,Or acts of gravest consequence,Are life's delight and depth reveal'd.The day of days was not the day;That went ...

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Faint Yet Pursuing by Coventry Patmore

Faint Yet Pursuing by Coventry Patmore

Heroic Good, target for which the youngDream in their dreams that every bow is strung,And, missing, sighUnfruitful, or as disbelievers die,Thee having miss'd, I will not so ...

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The Year by Coventry Patmore

The Year by Coventry Patmore

The crocus, while the days are dark,Unfolds its saffron sheen;At April's touch the crudest barkDiscovers gems of green.Then sleep the seasons, full of might;While slowly swells ...

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The After-Glow by Coventry Patmore

The After-Glow by Coventry Patmore

Suspicion's playful counterfeitBegot your question strange:The only thing that I forgetIs that there's any change.Did that long blight which fell on youMy zeal of heart ...

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A Farewell by Coventry Patmore

A Farewell by Coventry Patmore

With all my will, but much against my heart, We two now part. My Very Dear, Our solace is, the sad road lies so clear. It needs no art,With faint, averted feet And many a tear, In ...

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‘If I Were Dead’ by Coventry Patmore

‘If I Were Dead’ by Coventry Patmore

'IF I were dead, you'd sometimes say, Poor Child!' The dear lips quiver'd as they spake, And the tears brake From eyes which, not to grieve me, brightly smiled. Poor Child, poor ...

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The Married Lover by Coventry Patmore

The Married Lover by Coventry Patmore

Why, having won her, do I woo? Because her spirit's vestal grace Provokes me always to pursue, But, spirit-like, eludes embrace; Because her womanhood is suchThat, as on ...

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The Foreign Land by Coventry Patmore

The Foreign Land by Coventry Patmore

A woman is a foreign land,Of which, though there he settle young,A man will ne'er quite understandThe customs, politics, and tongue.The foolish hie them post-haste through,See ...

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A London Fête by Coventry Patmore

A London Fête by Coventry Patmore

All night fell hammers, shock on shock;With echoes Newgate's granite clang'd:The scaffold built, at eight o'clockThey brought the man out to be hang'd.Then came from all the ...

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Magna Est Veritas by Coventry Patmore

Magna Est Veritas by Coventry Patmore

Here, in this little Bay, Full of tumultuous life and great repose, Where, twice a day, The purposeless, gay ocean comes and goes, Under high cliffs, and far from the huge town, I ...

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Night And Sleep by Coventry Patmore

Night And Sleep by Coventry Patmore

How strange at night to wakeAnd watch, while others sleep,Till sight and hearing acheFor objects that may keepThe awful inner senseUnroused, lest it should markThe life that ...

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A Dream by Coventry Patmore

A Dream by Coventry Patmore

Amid the mystic fields of LoveI wander'd, and beheld a grove.Breathlessly still was part, and partWas breathing with an easy heart;And there below, in lamblike game,Were virgins, ...

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Unthrift by Coventry Patmore

Unthrift by Coventry Patmore

Ah, wasteful woman, she who may On her sweet self set her own price, Knowing men cannot choose but pay, How she has cheapen'd paradise; How given for nought her priceless gift, ...

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Stars And Moon by Coventry Patmore

Stars And Moon by Coventry Patmore

Beneath the stars and summer moonA pair of wedded lovers walk,Upon the stars and summer moonThey turn their happy eyes, and talk.Edith.“Those stars, that moon, for me they ...

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Eros by Coventry Patmore

Eros by Coventry Patmore

Bright thro' the valley gallops the brooklet;Over the welkin travels the cloud;Touch'd by the zephyr, dances the harebell;Cuckoo sits somewhere, singing so loud;Two little ...

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The Revelation by Coventry Patmore

The Revelation by Coventry Patmore

An idle poet, here and there,Looks around him; but, for all the rest,The world, unfathomably fair,Is duller than a witling's jest.Love wakes men, once a lifetime each;They lift ...

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Semele by Coventry Patmore

Semele by Coventry Patmore

No praise to me!My joy 'twas to be nothing but the glassThro' which the general boon of Heaven should pass,To focus upon thee.Nor is't thy blameThou first should'st glow, and, ...

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The Angel In The House.  Book I.  Canto Ix. by Coventry Patmore

The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Ix. by Coventry Patmore

Preludes.I The Wife's Tragedy Man must be pleased; but him to pleaseIs woman's pleasure; down the gulfOf his condoled necessitiesShe casts her best, she flings herself.How often ...

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The Yew-Berry by Coventry Patmore

The Yew-Berry by Coventry Patmore

II call this idle history the ‘Berry of the Yew;Because there's nothing sweeter than its husk of scarlet glue,And nothing half so bitter as its black core bitten through.I loved, ...

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The Toys by Coventry Patmore

The Toys by Coventry Patmore

My little Son, who look'd from thoughtful eyes And moved and spoke in quiet grown-up wise, Having my law the seventh time disobey'd, I struck him, and dismiss'd With hard words ...

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The Angel In The House.  Book I.  Canto Iii. by Coventry Patmore

The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Iii. by Coventry Patmore

PreludesI The Lover He meets, by heavenly chance express,The destined maid; some hidden handUnveils to him that lovelinessWhich others cannot understand.His merits in her presence ...

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Alexander And Lycon by Coventry Patmore

Alexander And Lycon by Coventry Patmore

‘What, no crown won,These two whole years,By man of fortitude beyond his peers,In Thrace or Macedon?’‘No, none.But what deep trouble does my Lycon feel,And hide 'neath chat about ...

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The Unknown Eros by Coventry Patmore

The Unknown Eros by Coventry Patmore

Proem‘Many speak wisely, some inerrably:Witness the beast who talk'd that should have bray'd,And Caiaphas that saidExpedient 'twas for all that One should die;But what availsWhen ...

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The Angel In The House.  Book Ii.  The Prologue. by Coventry Patmore

The Angel In The House. Book Ii. The Prologue. by Coventry Patmore

I Her sons pursue the butterflies,Her baby daughter mocks the dovesWith throbbing coo; in his fond eyesShe's Venus with her little Loves;Her footfall dignifies the earth,Her ...

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L’allegro by Coventry Patmore

L’allegro by Coventry Patmore

Felicity!Who ope'st to none that knocks, yet, laughing weak,Yield'st all to Love that will not seek,And who, though won, wilt droop and die,Unless wide doors bespeak thee free,How ...

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Mignonne by Coventry Patmore

Mignonne by Coventry Patmore

Whate'er thou dost thou'rt dear.Uncertain troubles sanctifyThat magic well-spring of the willing tear,Thine eye.Thy jealous fear,With not the rustle of a rival near;Thy careless ...

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The Angel In The House.  Book I.  Canto I. by Coventry Patmore

The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto I. by Coventry Patmore

Preludes.I The Impossibility Lo, Love's obey'd by all. 'Tis rightThat all should know what they obey,Lest erring conscience damp delight,And folly laugh our joys away.Thou Primal ...

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A Retrospect by Coventry Patmore

A Retrospect by Coventry Patmore

I, trusting that the truly sweetWould still be sweetly found the true,Sang, darkling, taught by heavenly heat,Songs which were wiser than I knew.To the unintelligible dreamThat ...

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Ma Belle by Coventry Patmore

Ma Belle by Coventry Patmore

Farewell, dear Heart! Since needs it must I go,Dear Heart, farewell!Fain would I stay, but that I love thee so.One kiss, ma Belle!What hope lies in the Land we do not know,Who, ...

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An Idyll by Coventry Patmore

An Idyll by Coventry Patmore

‘And even our women,’ lastly grumbles Ben,‘Leaving their nature, dress and talk like men!’A damsel, as our train stops at Five Ashes,Down to the station in a dog-cart dashes.A ...

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The Falcon by Coventry Patmore

The Falcon by Coventry Patmore

Who would not be Sir Hubert, for his birth and bearing fine,His rich sky-skirted woodlands, valleys flowing oil and wine;Sir Hubert, to whose sunning all the rays of fortune ...

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The Circles by Coventry Patmore

The Circles by Coventry Patmore

‘Within yon world-wide cirque of warWhat's hidden which they fight so for?’My guide made answer, ‘Rich increaseOf virtue and use, which are by peace,And peace by war. That inner ...

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The Angel In The House.  Book Ii.  Canto X. by Coventry Patmore

The Angel In The House. Book Ii. Canto X. by Coventry Patmore

Preludes.I Frost in Harvest The lover who, across a gulfOf ceremony, views his Love,And dares not yet address herself,Pays worship to her stolen glove.The gulf o'erleapt, the ...

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The Open Secret by Coventry Patmore

The Open Secret by Coventry Patmore

The Heavens repeat no other Song,And, plainly or in parable,The Angels trust, in each man's to gue,The Treasure's safety to its size.In shameful HellThe Lily in last corruption ...

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The Barren Shore by Coventry Patmore

The Barren Shore by Coventry Patmore

Full many sing to me and theeTheir riches gather'd by the sea;But I will sing, for I'm footsore,The burthen of the barren shore.The hue of love how lively shownIn this sole found ...

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The Angel In The House.  Book Ii.  Canto Vii. by Coventry Patmore

The Angel In The House. Book Ii. Canto Vii. by Coventry Patmore

Preludes.I Joy and Use Can ought compared with wedlock beFor use? But He who made the heartTo use proportions joy. What HeHas join'd let no man put apart.Sweet Order has its ...

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The Azalea by Coventry Patmore

The Azalea by Coventry Patmore

There, where the sun shines firstAgainst our room,She train'd the gold Azalea, whose perfumeShe, Spring-like, from her breathing grace dispersed.Last night the delicate crests of ...

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