Katharine Lee Bates
Don’T You See? by Katharine Lee Bates

Don’T You See? by Katharine Lee Bates

The day was hotter than words can tell, So hot the jelly-fish wouldn't jell. The halibut went all to butter, And the catfish had only force to utter A faint sea-mew - aye, ...

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America The Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates

America The Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates

O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His ...

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New Year by Katharine Lee Bates

New Year by Katharine Lee Bates

WHITE year, white year,Muffled soft in snow,A diamond spray whose gems are goneBefore their grace we know,A crystal-coated spray whose hoursMelt when looked upon,Hoarfrost stars ...

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Fodder For Cannon by Katharine Lee Bates

Fodder For Cannon by Katharine Lee Bates

Bodies glad, erect, Beautiful with youth, Life's elect, Nature's truth, Marching host on host, Those bright, unblemished ones, Manhood's boast, Feed them to the guns. Hearts and ...

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Yellow Clover by Katharine Lee Bates

Yellow Clover by Katharine Lee Bates

Must I, who walk alone,Come on it still,This Puck of plantsThe wise would do away with,The sunshine slantsTo play with,Our wee, gold-dusty flower, the yellow clover,Which once in ...

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Waywise by Katharine Lee Bates

Waywise by Katharine Lee Bates

THE darkest wood that the north-wind stingsHath its balsamum and its silverlings,Its violet interspace.The bitterest sea that the wan moon knowsHath its hushful archipelagoes,Its ...

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The Presence Chamber by Katharine Lee Bates

The Presence Chamber by Katharine Lee Bates

(Switzerland)BEHOLD a temple builded not by hands.Columns of mist, all shimmering with sun,Stream heavenward from the deep-cut vales that runBetween the mountains, and the vault ...

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At Stonehenge by Katharine Lee Bates

At Stonehenge by Katharine Lee Bates

Grim stones whose gray lips keep your secret well,Our hands that touch you touch an ancient terror,An ancient woe, colossal citadelOf some fierce faith, some heaven-affronting ...

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America To England by Katharine Lee Bates

America To England by Katharine Lee Bates

1899Who would trust England, let him lift his eyes To Nelson, columned o'er Trafalgar Square, Her hieroglyph of duty, written where The roar of traffic hushes to the skies; Or ...

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Anniversary Hymn by Katharine Lee Bates

Anniversary Hymn by Katharine Lee Bates

Our fathers, in the years grown dim, reared slowly, wall by wall A holy dwelling-place for Him, that filleth all in all. They wrought His house of faith and prayer, the rainbow ...

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Freedom’s Battle-Song by Katharine Lee Bates

Freedom’s Battle-Song by Katharine Lee Bates

RED, white, blue, the flag that leads us on,Stripes as red as blood well shed by many a hero gone.Now 'tis ours to storm the towers of tyranny and wrong,Freedom's sons who front ...

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Above The Battle by Katharine Lee Bates

Above The Battle by Katharine Lee Bates

Honor and pity for the smitten field, The valorous ranks mown down like precious corn, Whose want must famish love morn after morn, Till Death, the good physician, shall have ...

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Glory by Katharine Lee Bates

Glory by Katharine Lee Bates

At the crowded gangway they kissed good-bye. He had half a mind to scold her. An officer's mother and not keep dry The epaulet on his shoulder. He had forgotten mother and fame, ...

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Babushka by Katharine Lee Bates

Babushka by Katharine Lee Bates

THOU whose sunny heart outglowsArctic snows;Russia's hearth-fire, cherishingCourage almost perishing;Torch that beacons overseaTill a world is at thy knee;Babushka the ...

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Eavesdropping by Katharine Lee Bates

Eavesdropping by Katharine Lee Bates

THOUGH the winds but stir on their hoary thronesOf hemlock and pungent pine,All the whispering woodland tonesGossip of things divine, —Why God is gray in the granite rock,And ...

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George Macdonald by Katharine Lee Bates

George Macdonald by Katharine Lee Bates

I HEARD him preach in Oxford years ago,A snowy-haired and tender-faced apostle.I watched the beech against the window blow,And listened to the throstle.And still a waving branch ...

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If You Could Come by Katharine Lee Bates

If You Could Come by Katharine Lee Bates

My love, my love, if you could come once moreFrom your high place,I would not question you for heavenly lore,But, silent, take the comfort of your face. I would not ask you if ...

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The Little Knight In Green by Katharine Lee Bates

The Little Knight In Green by Katharine Lee Bates

WHAT fragrant-footed comerIs stepping o’er my head?Behold, my queen! the Summer!Who deems her warriors dead.Now rise, ye knights of many fights, From out your sleep profound!Make ...

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Beyond by Katharine Lee Bates

Beyond by Katharine Lee Bates

COLOSSAL orb of space,Sparkling with diamondOf countless star on star,All whirling with wild graceIn their enwoven danceIllimitably far,What lies beyondYour vasty hollow girdled ...

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Graves At Christiania by Katharine Lee Bates

Graves At Christiania by Katharine Lee Bates

WE bore them their own wild heatherAnd ash-boughs jeweled red,There where they sleep together,Greatest of Norway's dead.More than the hush of churchesIs the hush where Ibsen ...

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Blood Road by Katharine Lee Bates

Blood Road by Katharine Lee Bates

The Old Year groaned as he trudged away, His guilty shadow black on the snow, And the heart of the glad New Year turned grey At the road Time bade him go."O Gaffer Time, is it ...

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Children Of The War by Katharine Lee Bates

Children Of The War by Katharine Lee Bates

SHRUNKEN little bodies, pallid baby faces,Eyes of staring terror, innocence defiled,Tiny bones that strew the sand of silent places,— This upon our own star where Jesus was a ...

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Apollo Laughs by Katharine Lee Bates

Apollo Laughs by Katharine Lee Bates

'APOLLO laughs,' the proverb tells,Far echo of old oracles,A Delphic waif, —'Once in the year,Apollo laughs.' O laughter clearAs sunshine, blithe as golden bells!What mortal folly ...

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England To America by Katharine Lee Bates

England To America by Katharine Lee Bates

And what of thee, O Lincoln's Land? What gloom Is darkening above the Sunset Sea? Vowed Champion of Liberty, deplume Thy war-crest, bow thy knee, Before God answer thee.What talk ...

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A Mountain Storm by Katharine Lee Bates

A Mountain Storm by Katharine Lee Bates

OUR blue sierras shone serene, sublime,When ghostly shapes came crowding up the air,Shadowing the landscape with some vast despair;And all was changed as in weird ...

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The U-Boat Crew by Katharine Lee Bates

The U-Boat Crew by Katharine Lee Bates

ALAS, alas for those blond boys who stalkTheir prey in ambush of the shuddering seas,Whiling the wait with merry, tender talkOf some dear knot of flower-clad cottagesBeyond the ...

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To Our President by Katharine Lee Bates

To Our President by Katharine Lee Bates

HOPE of the Nations, lift thy stricken heart.Thyself art Sorrow, and to thee the cryOf battle-anguish comes more piercinglyThan even in those months of sneer and smart,When thou ...

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The Least Of These by Katharine Lee Bates

The Least Of These by Katharine Lee Bates

THE wolf of want is howlingAt doors no angel keeps.Young Mary smiled on her Holy Child,But many a mother weeps.The Kings of the East brought treasuresUncounted and unpriced.Who ...

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Pity Of It, The by Katharine Lee Bates

Pity Of It, The by Katharine Lee Bates

I. In South AfricaOver the lonesome African plain The stars look down, like eyes of the slain. A bumping ride across gullies and ruts, Now a grumble and now a jest, A bit of ...

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The Thracian Stone by Katharine Lee Bates

The Thracian Stone by Katharine Lee Bates

'The faieries gave him the propertie of the Thracian stone; for who toucheth it is exempted from griefe.'The fairies to his cradle came to play their fairy part,Their footsteps ...

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How Long? by Katharine Lee Bates

How Long? by Katharine Lee Bates

How long, O Prince of Peace, how long? We sicken of the shameOf this wild war that wraps the world, a roaring dragon-flameFed on earth's glorious youth, high hearts all passionate ...

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April In September by Katharine Lee Bates

April In September by Katharine Lee Bates

WHAT song is in the sap of this brave oak-treeThat to the north-star faces,Ravened each June by caterpillar massesTill all its leaves are laces,Poor shreds whose very shadow ...

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Around The Sun by Katharine Lee Bates

Around The Sun by Katharine Lee Bates

THE weazen planet Mercury,Whose song is done,— Rash heart that drew too nearHis dazzling lord the Sun!—Forgets that life was dear,So shriveled now and sereThe goblin planet ...

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Mother by Katharine Lee Bates

Mother by Katharine Lee Bates

'MOTHER! Mother!' he called as he fellIn the horror thereOf a bursting shellThat strewed red flesh on the air.Far away over sea and land:The knitting droptFrom an old white ...

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When Cap’N Tom Comes Home by Katharine Lee Bates

When Cap’N Tom Comes Home by Katharine Lee Bates

WHEN Cap'n Tom comes home, and his sea chestIs opened, oh, the shells that rainbow foamTossed on far shores, by us to be possessedWhen Cap'n Tom comes home!Cocoanuts for which ...

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Marching Feet by Katharine Lee Bates

Marching Feet by Katharine Lee Bates

THESE August nights, hushed but for drowsy peepOf fledglings, tremble with a strange vibration,A sound too far for hearing, sullen, dire,Shaking the earth.Even within the swaying ...

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What Is Christ? by Katharine Lee Bates

What Is Christ? by Katharine Lee Bates

IOH, what is Christ, that we should call on Him?Wasted Armenia, in her utter woe,Dies in the mocking desert, calling so.Hy?nas tear her children limb from limb.The clouds, soft ...

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Matthew Arnold On Hearing Him Read His Poems In Boston by Katharine Lee Bates

Matthew Arnold On Hearing Him Read His Poems In Boston by Katharine Lee Bates

A stranger, schooled to gentle arts, He stept before the curious throng; His path into our waiting hearts Already paved by song. Full well we knew his ...

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His Bit by Katharine Lee Bates

His Bit by Katharine Lee Bates

GALLANTLY swung the old carpenter up to his door,Drums and fifes in his tread,But softly he crossed the braided mats on the floor,Gently he stroked her head.'More folks were there ...

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The Submarine That Sank The by Katharine Lee Bates

The Submarine That Sank The by Katharine Lee Bates

SPINDRIFT white shall her victims standOn the ivory quay, untrodBy living feet, when she nears Ghoststrand,To point her out to God.The Babies Of The 'Lusitania'THOSE rosy, dimpled ...

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A Song Of Riches by Katharine Lee Bates

A Song Of Riches by Katharine Lee Bates

What will you give to a barefoot lass,Morning with breath like wine?Wade, bare feet! In my wide morassStarry marigolds shine.Alms, sweet Noon, for a barefoot lass,With her ...

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To Canada by Katharine Lee Bates

To Canada by Katharine Lee Bates

OUR neighbor of the undefended bound,Friend of the hundred years of peace, our kin,Fellow adventurer on the enchanted groundOf the New World, must not the pain withinOur hearts ...

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Yellow Warblers by Katharine Lee Bates

Yellow Warblers by Katharine Lee Bates

The first faint dawn was flushing up the skiesWhen, dreamland still bewildering mine eyes,I looked out to the oak that, winter-long,-- a winter wild with war and woe and wrong ...

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To Italy by Katharine Lee Bates

To Italy by Katharine Lee Bates

BRIGHT valor, smitten by so shrewd a blow,Drooping thy golden wing like wounded plover,What great, grieved faces o'er the battle hover,Patriot Mazzini; Fra Angelico,Forsaking his ...

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The Sunset, Woven Of Soft Lights by Katharine Lee Bates

The Sunset, Woven Of Soft Lights by Katharine Lee Bates

THE sunset, woven of soft lightsAnd tender colors, lingers late,As looking back on all day's dreary plights,Compassionate;— The foolish day of hopes so high,Who counts her hours ...

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The Titanic by Katharine Lee Bates

The Titanic by Katharine Lee Bates

As she sped from dawn to gloaming, a palace upon the sea,Did the waves from her proud bows foaming whisper what port should be?That her maiden voyage was tending to a haven hushed ...

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White Moments by Katharine Lee Bates

White Moments by Katharine Lee Bates

THE best of life, what is it but white moments?Those swift illuminations when we seeThe flying shadows on the fragrant meadowsAs God beholds them from eternity.White moments, when ...

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Robin’s Secret by Katharine Lee Bates

Robin’s Secret by Katharine Lee Bates

’T IS the blithest, bonniest weather for a bird to flirt a feather,For a bird to trill and warble, all his wee red breast a-swell.I ’ve a secret. You may listen till your blue ...

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Pigeon Post by Katharine Lee Bates

Pigeon Post by Katharine Lee Bates

White wing, white wing, Lily of the air, What word dost bring, On whose errand fare?Red word, red word, Snowy plumes abhor. I, Christ's own bird, Do the work of war.

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Soldiers To Pacifists by Katharine Lee Bates

Soldiers To Pacifists by Katharine Lee Bates

NOT ours to clamor shame on you,Nor fling a bitter blame on you,Nor brand a cruel name on you,That evil name of treason,You who have heard the ivory flutes,Who float white ...

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