James Russell Lowell
A Fable For Critics by James Russell Lowell

A Fable For Critics by James Russell Lowell

Phoebus, sitting one day in a laurel-tree's shade, Was reminded of Daphne, of whom it was made, For the god being one day too warm in his wooing, She took to the tree to escape ...

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An Incident In A Railroad Car by James Russell Lowell

An Incident In A Railroad Car by James Russell Lowell

He spoke of Burns: men rude and rough Pressed round to hear the praise of one Whose heart was made of manly, simple stuff, As homespun as their own. And, when he read, they ...

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A Parable by James Russell Lowell

A Parable by James Russell Lowell

Worn and footsore was the Prophet, When he gained the holy hill;'God has left the earth,' he murmured,'Here his presence lingers still.'God of all the olden prophets, Wilt thou ...

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A Revolutionary Hero by James Russell Lowell

A Revolutionary Hero by James Russell Lowell

Old Joe is gone, who saw hot Percy goadHis slow artillery up the Concord road,A tale which grew in wonder year by year;As every time he told it, Joe drew nearTo the main fight, ...

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A Letter From A Candidate For The Presidency by James Russell Lowell

A Letter From A Candidate For The Presidency by James Russell Lowell

Dear Sir—You wish to know my notionsOn sartin pints thet rile the land;There's nothin' thet my natur so shunsEs bein' mum or underhand;I'm a straight-spoken kind o' creeturThet ...

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A Stanza On Freedom by James Russell Lowell

A Stanza On Freedom by James Russell Lowell

THEY are slaves who fear to speak For the fallen and the weak; They are slaves who will not choose Hatred, scoffing, and abuse, Rather than in silence shrink From the ...

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The First Snowfall by James Russell Lowell

The First Snowfall by James Russell Lowell

THE snow had begun in the gloaming, And busily all the night Had been heaping field and highway With a silence deep and white. Every pine and fir and hemlock Wore ermine too dear ...

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A Prayer by James Russell Lowell

A Prayer by James Russell Lowell

God! do not let my loved one die, But rather wait until the timeThat I am grown in purity Enough to enter thy pure clime,Then take me, I will gladly go,So that my love remain ...

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A Letter by James Russell Lowell

A Letter by James Russell Lowell

From Mr. Hosea Biglow To The Hon. J.T. Buckingham, Editor Of The Boston Courier, Covering A Letter From Mr. B. Sawin, Private In The Massachusetts RegimentThis kind o' sogerin' ...

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To A Friend Who Gave Me A Group Of Weeds And Grasses, After A Drawing Of Durer by James Russell Lowell

To A Friend Who Gave Me A Group Of Weeds And Grasses, After A Drawing Of Durer by James Russell Lowell

True as the sun's own work, but more refined,It tells of love behind the artist's eye,Of sweet companionships with earth and sky,And summers stored, the sunshine of the mind.What ...

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A Glance Behind The Curtain by James Russell Lowell

A Glance Behind The Curtain by James Russell Lowell

We see but half the causes of our deeds,Seeking them wholly in the outer life,And heedless of the encircling spirit-world,Which, though unseen, is felt, and sows in usAll germs of ...

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Stanzas On Freedom by James Russell Lowell

Stanzas On Freedom by James Russell Lowell

Men! whose boast it is that yeCome of fathers brave and free,If there breathe on earth a slave,Are ye truly free and brave?If ye do not feel the chain,When it works a brother's ...

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Ausplex by James Russell Lowell

Ausplex by James Russell Lowell

My heart, I cannot still it,Nest that had song-birds in it;And when the last shall go,The dreary days to fill it,Instead of lark or linnet,Shall whirl dead leaves and snow. ...

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A Contrast by James Russell Lowell

A Contrast by James Russell Lowell

Thy love thou sendest oft to me, And still as oft I thrust it back;Thy messengers I could not see In those who everything did lack, The poor, the outcast and the black.Pride ...

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Midnight by James Russell Lowell

Midnight by James Russell Lowell

The moon shines white and silent On the mist, which, like a tideOf some enchanted ocean, O'er the wide marsh doth glide,Spreading its ghost-like billows Silently far and wide.A ...

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A Youthful Experiment In English Hexameters by James Russell Lowell

A Youthful Experiment In English Hexameters by James Russell Lowell

IMPRESSIONS OF HOMERSometimes come pauses of calm, when the rapt bard, holding his heart back,Over his deep mind muses, as when o'er awe-stricken oceanPoises a heapt cloud ...

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A Winter-Evening Hymn To My Fire by James Russell Lowell

A Winter-Evening Hymn To My Fire by James Russell Lowell

IBeauty on my hearth-stone blazing!To-night the triple ZoroasterShall my prophet be and master;To-night will I pure Magian be,Hymns to thy sole honor raising,While thou leapest ...

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A Fable by James Russell Lowell

A Fable by James Russell Lowell

Two fellers, Isrel named and Joe,One Sundy mornin' 'greed to goAgunnin' soon 'z the bells wuz doneAnd meetin' finally begun,So'st no one wouldn't be aboutTher Sabbath-breakin' to ...

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Sonnet by James Russell Lowell

Sonnet by James Russell Lowell

The Maple puts her corals on in May,While loitering frosts about the lowlands cling,To be in tune with what the robins sing,Plastering new log-huts 'mid her branches gray;But when ...

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The Fountain by James Russell Lowell

The Fountain by James Russell Lowell

Into the sunshine,Full of the light,Leaping and flashingFrom morn till night!Into the moonlight,Whiter than snow,Waving so flower-likeWhen the winds blow!Into the ...

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A Chippewa Legend by James Russell Lowell

A Chippewa Legend by James Russell Lowell

The old Chief, feeling now wellnigh his end,Called his two eldest children to his side,And gave them, in few words, his parting charge!'My son and daughter, me ye see no more;The ...

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A Mood by James Russell Lowell

A Mood by James Russell Lowell

I go to the ridge in the forestI haunted in days gone by,But thou, O Memory, pourestNo magical dropp in mine eye,Nor the gleam of the secret restorestThat hath faded from earth ...

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The Sirens by James Russell Lowell

The Sirens by James Russell Lowell

The sea is lonely, the sea is dreary,The sea is restless and uneasy;Thou seekest quiet, thou art weary,Wandering thou knowest not whither;-Our little isle is green and breezy,Come ...

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A Familiar Epistle by James Russell Lowell

A Familiar Epistle by James Russell Lowell

Alike I hate to be your debtor,Or write a mere perfunctory letter;For letters, so it seems to me,Our careless quintessence should be,Our real nature's truant playWhen ...

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A New Year’s Greeting by James Russell Lowell

A New Year’s Greeting by James Russell Lowell

The century numbers fourscore years; You, fortressed in your teens,To Time's alarums close your ears,And, while he devastates your peers, Conceive not what he means.If e'er ...

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A Requiem by James Russell Lowell

A Requiem by James Russell Lowell

Ay, pale and silent maiden, Cold as thou liest there,Thine was the sunniest nature That ever drew the air;The wildest and most wayward, And yet so gently kind,Thou seemedst but ...

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Without And Withiin by James Russell Lowell

Without And Withiin by James Russell Lowell

My coachman, in the moonlight there,Looks through the sidelight of the door;I hear him with his brethren swear,As I could do—but only more.Flattening his nose against the pane,He ...

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A Valentine by James Russell Lowell

A Valentine by James Russell Lowell

Let others wonder what fair face Upon their path shall shine,And, fancying half, half hoping, trace Some maiden shape of tenderest grace To be their Valentine.Let other ...

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The Falcon by James Russell Lowell

The Falcon by James Russell Lowell

I know a falcon swift and peerless As e'er was cradled In the pine;No bird had ever eye so fearless, Or wing so strong as this of mine.The winds not better love to pilot A ...

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The Heritage by James Russell Lowell

The Heritage by James Russell Lowell

The rich man's son inherits lands, And piles of brick and stone, and gold,And he inherits soft white hands, And tender flesh that fears the cold, Nor dares to wear a garment ...

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A Christmas Carol by James Russell Lowell

A Christmas Carol by James Russell Lowell

FOR THE SUNDAY-SCHOOL CHILDREN OF THE CHURCH OF THE DISCIPLES'What means this glory round our feet,' The Magi mused, 'more bright than morn?'And voices chanted clear and sweet, ...

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To The Dandelion by James Russell Lowell

To The Dandelion by James Russell Lowell

Dear common flower, that grow'st beside the way,Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold, First pledge of blithesome May,Which children pluck, and, full of pride uphold, ...

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Summer Storm by James Russell Lowell

Summer Storm by James Russell Lowell

Untremulous in the river clear,Toward the sky's image, hangs the imaged bridge; So still the air that I can hearThe slender clarion of the unseen midge; Out of the stillness, ...

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Are Ye Truly Free? by James Russell Lowell

Are Ye Truly Free? by James Russell Lowell

Men! whose boast it is that yeCome of fathers brave and free;If there breathe on earth a slave,Are ye truly free and brave?Are ye not base slaves indeed,Men unworthy to be ...

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Love by James Russell Lowell

Love by James Russell Lowell

Our love is not a fading earthly flower:Its winged seed dropped down from Paradise,And, nursed by day and night, by sun and shower,Doth momently to fresher beauty rise.To us the ...

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Longing by James Russell Lowell

Longing by James Russell Lowell

Of all the myriad moods of mind That through the soul come thronging,Which one was e'er so dear, so kind, So beautiful as Longing?The thing we long for, that we are For one ...

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The Courtin’ by James Russell Lowell

The Courtin’ by James Russell Lowell

God makes sech nights, all white an' stillFur 'z you can look or listen,Moonshine an' snow on field an' hill,All silence an' all glisten.Zekle crep' up quite unbeknownAn' peeked ...

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Serenade by James Russell Lowell

Serenade by James Russell Lowell

From the close-shut windows gleams no spark,The night is chilly, the night is dark,The poplars shiver, the pine-trees moan,My hair by the autumn breeze is blown,Under thy window I ...

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A Message Of Jeff Davis In Secret Session by James Russell Lowell

A Message Of Jeff Davis In Secret Session by James Russell Lowell

I sent you a messige, my friens, t'other day,To tell you I'd nothin' pertickler to say:'twuz the day our new nation gut kin' o' stillborn,So 'twuz my pleasant dooty t' acknowledge ...

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Abscence by James Russell Lowell

Abscence by James Russell Lowell

Sleep is Death's image,-poets tell us so;But Absence is the bitter self of Death,And, you away, Life's lips their red forego,Parched in an air unfreshened by your breath.Light of ...

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Rhoecus by James Russell Lowell

Rhoecus by James Russell Lowell

God sends his teachers unto every age,To every clime, and every race of men,With revelations fitted to their growthAnd shape of mind, nor gives the realm of TruthInto the selfish ...

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A Legend Of Brittany by James Russell Lowell

A Legend Of Brittany by James Russell Lowell

IAs one who, from the sunshine and the green, Enters the solid darkness of a cave,Nor knows what precipice or pit unseen May yawn before him with its sudden grave,And, with ...

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Irene by James Russell Lowell

Irene by James Russell Lowell

Hers is a spirit deep, and crystal-clear;Calmly beneath her earnest face it lies,Free without boldness, meek without a fear,Quicker to look than speak its sympathies;Far down into ...

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After The Burial by James Russell Lowell

After The Burial by James Russell Lowell

YES, faith is a goodly anchor; When skies are sweet as a psalm, At the bows it lolls so stalwart, In bluff, broad-shouldered calm. And when over breakers to leeward The tattered ...

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A Third Letter From B. Sawin, Esq. by James Russell Lowell

A Third Letter From B. Sawin, Esq. by James Russell Lowell

I spose you recollect thet I explained my gennle viewsIn the last billet thet I writ, 'way down frum Veery Cruze,Jest arter I'd a kin' o' ben spontanously sot upTo run ...

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A Parable – Ii by James Russell Lowell

A Parable – Ii by James Russell Lowell

Said Christ our Lord, 'I will go and seeHow the men, my brethren, believe in me.'He passed not again through the gate of birth,But made himself known to the children of earth.Then ...

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George Washington by James Russell Lowell

George Washington by James Russell Lowell

Soldier and statesman, rarest unison; High-poised example of great duties done Simply as breathing, a world's honors worn As life's indifferent gifts to all men born; Dumb for ...

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Aladdin by James Russell Lowell

Aladdin by James Russell Lowell

When I was a beggarly boy And lived in a cellar damp,I had not a friend nor a toy, But I had Aladdin's lamp;When I could not sleep for the cold, I had fire enough in my ...

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Allegra by James Russell Lowell

Allegra by James Russell Lowell

I would more natures were like thine, That never casts a glance before,Thou Hebe, who thy heart's bright wine So lavishly to all dost pour,That we who drink forget to pine, And ...

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The Street by James Russell Lowell

The Street by James Russell Lowell

They pass me by like shadows, crowds on crowds,Dim ghosts of men that hover to and fro,Hugging their bodies round them, like thin shroudsWherein their souls were buried long ...

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