Edwin Muir
They Could Not Tell Me Who Should Be My Lord by Edwin Muir

They Could Not Tell Me Who Should Be My Lord by Edwin Muir

They could not tell me who should be my lord, But I could read from every word they said The common thought: Perhaps that lord was dead, And only a story now and a wandering ...

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The Horses by Edwin Muir

The Horses by Edwin Muir

Barely a twelvemonth afterThe seven days war that put the world to sleep,Late in the evening the strange horses came.By then we had made our covenant with silence,But in the first ...

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In Love For Long by Edwin Muir

In Love For Long by Edwin Muir

I've been in love for longWith what I cannot tellAnd will contrive a songFor the intangibleThat has no mould or shape,From which there's no escape.It is not even a name,Yet is all ...

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The Combat by Edwin Muir

The Combat by Edwin Muir

It was not meant for human eyes,That combat on the shabby patchOf clods and trampled turf that liesSomewhere beneath the sodden skiesFor eye of toad or adder to catch.And having ...

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Scotland 1941 by Edwin Muir

Scotland 1941 by Edwin Muir

We were a tribe, a family, a people.Wallace and Bruce guard now a painted field,And all may read the folio of our fable,Peruse the sword, the sceptre and the shield.A simple sky ...

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The Animals by Edwin Muir

The Animals by Edwin Muir

They do not live in the world, Are not in time and space. From birth to death hurled No word do they have, not one To plant a foot upon, Were never in any place. For with names ...

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Horses by Edwin Muir

Horses by Edwin Muir

Those lumbering horses in the steady plough,On the bare field - I wonder, why, just now,They seemed terrible, so wild and strange,Like magic power on the stony grange.Perhaps some ...

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Merlin by Edwin Muir

Merlin by Edwin Muir

O Merlin in your crystal caveDeep in the diamond of the day,Will there ever be a singerWhose music will smooth awayThe furrow drawn by Adam's fingerAcross the memory and the ...

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The Fathers by Edwin Muir

The Fathers by Edwin Muir

Our fathers all were poor,Poorer our fathers' fathers;Beyond, we dare not look.We, the sons, keep storeOf tarnished gold that gathers Around us from the night,Record it in this ...

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The Good Man In Hell by Edwin Muir

The Good Man In Hell by Edwin Muir

If a good man were ever housed in HellBy needful error of the qualities,Perhaps to prove the rule or shame the devil,Or speak the truth only a stranger sees,Would he, surrendering ...

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The Castle by Edwin Muir

The Castle by Edwin Muir

All through that summer at ease we lay,And daily from the turret wallWe watched the mowers in the hayAnd the enemy half a mile awayThey seemed no threat to us at all. For what, we ...

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The Days by Edwin Muir

The Days by Edwin Muir

Issuing from the Word The seven days came, Each in its own place, Its own name. And the first long days A hard and rocky spring, Inhuman burgeoning, And nothing there for claw or ...

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Abraham by Edwin Muir

Abraham by Edwin Muir

The rivulet-loving wanderer AbrahamThrough waterless wastes tracing his fields of pastureLed his Chaldean herds and fattening flocksWith the meandering art of wavering waterThat ...

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Robert The Bruce (To Douglas In Dying) by Edwin Muir

Robert The Bruce (To Douglas In Dying) by Edwin Muir

'MY life is done, yet all remains,The breath has gone, the image not,The furious shapes once forged in heatLive on though now no longer hot.'Steadily the shining swordsIn order ...

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The Killing by Edwin Muir

The Killing by Edwin Muir

That was the day they killed the Son of GodOn a squat hill-top by Jerusalem.Zion was bare, her children from their mazeSucked by the dream of curiosityClean through the gates. The ...

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The Transfiguration by Edwin Muir

The Transfiguration by Edwin Muir

So from the ground we felt that virtue branch Through all our veins till we were whole, our wrists As fresh and pure as water from a well, Our hands made new to handle holy ...

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The Incarnate One by Edwin Muir

The Incarnate One by Edwin Muir

The windless northern surge, the sea-gull's scream,And Calvin's kirk crowning the barren brae.I think of Giotto the Tuscan shepherd's dream,Christ, man and creature in their inner ...

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The Child Dying by Edwin Muir

The Child Dying by Edwin Muir

Unfriendly friendly universe,I pack your stars into my purse,And bid you so farewell.That I can leave you, quite go out,Go out, go out beyond all doubt,My father says, is the ...

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The Confirmation by Edwin Muir

The Confirmation by Edwin Muir

Yes, yours, my love, is the right human face.I in my mind had waited for this long,Seeing the false and searching for the true,Then found you as a traveller finds a placeOf ...

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Scotland’s Winter by Edwin Muir

Scotland’s Winter by Edwin Muir

Now the ice lays its smooth claws on the sill,The sun looks from the hillHelmed in his winter casket,And sweeps his arctic sword across the sky.The water at the millSounds more ...

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Circle And Square by Edwin Muir

Circle And Square by Edwin Muir

‘I give you half of me; No more, lest I should make A ground for perjury. For your sake, for my sake, Half will you take?’ ‘Half I’ll not take nor give, For he who gives gives ...

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The Angel And The Girl by Edwin Muir

The Angel And The Girl by Edwin Muir

The angel and the girl are metEarth was the only meeting place.For the embodied never yetTravelled beyond the shore of space.The eternal spirits in freedom go.See, they have come ...

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Reading In Wartime by Edwin Muir

Reading In Wartime by Edwin Muir

Boswell by my bed, Tolstoy on my table; Thought the world has bled For four and a half years, And wives' and mothers' tears Collected would be able To water a little field ...

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