Hilda Doolittle
Pear Tree by Hilda Doolittle

Pear Tree by Hilda Doolittle

Silver dust lifted from the earth, higher than my arms reach, you have mounted. O silver,higher than my arms reach you front us with great mass; no flower ever opened so staunch a ...

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Helen by Hilda Doolittle

Helen by Hilda Doolittle

All Greece hatesthe still eyes in the white face,the lustre as of oliveswhere she stands,and the white hands.All Greece revilesthe wan face when she smiles,hating it deeper still ...

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Adonis by Hilda Doolittle

Adonis by Hilda Doolittle

1. Each of us like you has died once, has passed through drift of wood-leaves, cracked and bent and tortured and unbent in the winter-frost, the burnt into gold points, lighted ...

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Sea Rose by Hilda Doolittle

Sea Rose by Hilda Doolittle

Rose, harsh rose, marred and with stint of petals, meagre flower, thin, sparse of leaf, more precious than a wet rose single on a stem -- you are caught in the drift. Stunted, ...

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The Mysteries Remain by Hilda Doolittle

The Mysteries Remain by Hilda Doolittle

The mysteries remain,I keep the samecycle of seed-timeand of sun and rain;Demeter in the grass,I multiply,renew and blessBacchus in the vine;I hold the law,I keep the mysteries ...

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Sea Poppies by Hilda Doolittle

Sea Poppies by Hilda Doolittle

Amber husk fluted with gold, fruit on the sand marked with a rich grain, treasure spilled near the shrub-pines to bleach on the boulders: your stalk has caught root among wet ...

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Wash Of Cold River by Hilda Doolittle

Wash Of Cold River by Hilda Doolittle

Wash of cold river in a glacial land, Ionian water, chill, snow-ribbed sand, drift of rare flowers, clear, with delicate shell- like leaf enclosing frozen lily-leaf, camellia ...

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Cassandra by Hilda Doolittle

Cassandra by Hilda Doolittle

O Hymen king. Hymen, O Hymen king, what bitter thing is this? what shaft, tearing my heart? what scar, what light, what fire searing my eye-balls and my eyes with flame? nameless, ...

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Stars Wheel In Purple by Hilda Doolittle

Stars Wheel In Purple by Hilda Doolittle

Stars wheel in purple, yours is not so rareas Hesperus, nor yet so great a staras bright Aldeboran or Sirius,nor yet the stained and brilliant one of War;stars turn in purple, ...

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Acon by Hilda Doolittle

Acon by Hilda Doolittle

Bear me to Dictaeus,and to the steep slopes;to the river Erymanthus. I choose spray of dittany,cyperum, frail of flower,buds of myrrh,all-healing herbs,close pressed in calathes. ...

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At Ithaca by Hilda Doolittle

At Ithaca by Hilda Doolittle

Over and back, the long waves crawl and track the sand with foam; night darkens, and the sea takes on that desperate tone of dark that wives put on when all their love is ...

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Evening by Hilda Doolittle

Evening by Hilda Doolittle

The light passesfrom ridge to ridge,from flower to flower—the hepaticas, wide-spreadunder the lightgrow faint—the petals reach inward,the blue tips bendtoward the bluer heartand ...

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At Baia by Hilda Doolittle

At Baia by Hilda Doolittle

I should have thoughtin a dream you would have broughtsome lovely, perilous thing,orchids piled in a great sheath,as who would say (in a dream),"I send you this,who left the blue ...

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Leda by Hilda Doolittle

Leda by Hilda Doolittle

Where the slow river meets the tide, a red swan lifts red wings and darker beak, and underneath the purple down of his soft breast uncurls his coral feet. Through the deep purple ...

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Lethe by Hilda Doolittle

Lethe by Hilda Doolittle

NOR skin nor hide nor fleeceShall cover you,Nor curtain of crimson nor fineShelter of cedar-wood be over you,Nor the fir-treeNor the pine. Nor sight of whin nor gorseNor ...

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The Pool by Hilda Doolittle

The Pool by Hilda Doolittle

Are you alive? I touch you. You quiver like a sea-fish. I cover you with my net. What are you - banded one?

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Prayer by Hilda Doolittle

Prayer by Hilda Doolittle

White, O white face—from disenchanted days wither alike dark rose and fiery bays: no gift within our hands,nor strength to praise, only defeat and silence; though we lift hands, ...

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Sheltered Garden by Hilda Doolittle

Sheltered Garden by Hilda Doolittle

I have had enough. I gasp for breath. Every way ends, every road, every foot-path leads at last to the hill-crest -- then you retrace your steps, or find the same slope on the ...

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Helen In Egypt, Eidolon, Book Iii: 4	 by Hilda Doolittle

Helen In Egypt, Eidolon, Book Iii: 4 by Hilda Doolittle

Helen herself seems almost ready for this sacrifice-at least, for the immolation of herself before this greatest love of Achilles, his dedication to 'his own ship' and the ...

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Heat by Hilda Doolittle

Heat by Hilda Doolittle

O wind, rend open the heat,cut apart the heat,rend it to tatters.Fruit cannot dropthrough this thick air--fruit cannot fall into heatthat presses up and bluntsthe points of ...

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Evadne by Hilda Doolittle

Evadne by Hilda Doolittle

I first tasted under Apollo's lips,love and love sweetness,I, Evadne;my hair is made of crisp violetsor hyacinth which the wind combs backacross some rock shelf;I, Evadne,was made ...

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Oread by Hilda Doolittle

Oread by Hilda Doolittle

Whirl up, sea— Whirl your pointed pines. Splash your great pines On our rocks. Hurl your green over us— Cover us with your pools of fir.

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From Citron-Bower by Hilda Doolittle

From Citron-Bower by Hilda Doolittle

From citron-bower be her bed, cut from branch of tree a-flower, fashioned for her maidenhead.From Lydian apples, sweet of hue, cut the width of board and lathe, carve the feet ...

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Eurydice by Hilda Doolittle

Eurydice by Hilda Doolittle

ISo you have swept me back,I who could have walked with the live soulsabove the earth,I who could have slept among the live flowersat last;so for your arroganceand your ...

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Orchard by Hilda Doolittle

Orchard by Hilda Doolittle

I saw the first pear as it fell-- the honey-seeking, golden-banded, the yellow swarm was not more fleet than I, (spare us from loveliness) ...

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Cities by Hilda Doolittle

Cities by Hilda Doolittle

Can we believe -- by an effort comfort our hearts: it is not waste all this, not placed here in disgust, street after street, each patterned alike, no grace to lighten a single ...

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Garden by Hilda Doolittle

Garden by Hilda Doolittle

IYou are clearO rose, cut in rock,hard as the descent of hail.I could scrape the colour from the petalslike spilt dye from a rock.If I could break you I could break a tree.If ...

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Amaranth by Hilda Doolittle

Amaranth by Hilda Doolittle

IAm I blind alas,am I blind,I too have followedher path.I too have bent at her feet.I too have wakened to pluckamaranth in the straight shaft,amaranth purple in the cup,scorched ...

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Sea Iris by Hilda Doolittle

Sea Iris by Hilda Doolittle

IWeed, moss-weed,root tangled in sand,sea-iris, brittle flower,one petal like a shellis broken,and you print a shadowlike a thin twig.Fortunate one,scented and stinging,rigid ...

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Never More Will The Wind by Hilda Doolittle

Never More Will The Wind by Hilda Doolittle

Never more will the windcherish you again,never more will the rain.Never moreshall we find you brightin the snow and wind.The snow is melted,the snow is gone,and you are ...

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Sitalkas by Hilda Doolittle

Sitalkas by Hilda Doolittle

Thou art come at lengthMore beautifulThan any cool godIn a chamber underLycia's far coast,Than any high godWho touches us notHere in the seeded grass.Aye, than ArgestesScattering ...

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Song by Hilda Doolittle

Song by Hilda Doolittle

YOU are as goldas the half-ripe grainthat merges to gold again,as white as the white rainthat beats throughthe half-opened flowersof the great flower tuftsthick on the black ...

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Moonrise by Hilda Doolittle

Moonrise by Hilda Doolittle

Will you glimmer on the sea? Will you fling your spear-head On the shore? What note shall we pitch? We have a song, On the bank we share our arrows— The loosed string ...

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The Helmsman by Hilda Doolittle

The Helmsman by Hilda Doolittle

O be swift—we have always known you wanted us.We fled inland with our flocks.we pastured them in hollows,cut off from the windand the salt track of the marsh.We worshipped ...

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