Madison Julius Cawein
The Lamplight Camp by Madison Julius Cawein

The Lamplight Camp by Madison Julius Cawein

Whenever on the windowpaneI hear the fingers of the rain,And in the old trees, near the door,The wind that whispers more and more,Bright in the light made by the lampI make ...

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The Lesson by Madison Julius Cawein

The Lesson by Madison Julius Cawein

This is the lesson I have learned of Beauty:Who gathers flowers finds that flowers fade:Who sets love in his heart above his dutyMisses the part for which that love was ...

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The Last Song by Madison Julius Cawein

The Last Song by Madison Julius Cawein

She sleeps, he sings to her. The day was long,And, tired out with too much happiness,She fain would have him sing of old Provence,Quaint songs, that spoke of love in such soft ...

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The Limnad by Madison Julius Cawein

The Limnad by Madison Julius Cawein

The lake she haunts gleams dreamily'Twixt sleepy boughs of melody,Set 'mid the hills beside the sea,In tangled bush and brier,Where the ghostly sunsets writeWondrous things in ...

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The Devil’s Race-Horse by Madison Julius Cawein

The Devil’s Race-Horse by Madison Julius Cawein

Devil's Race-Horse seems to meStrangest thing I ever saw:Up in our old maple-treeThey're at home, stand rearingly,Lean of neck and long of claw.Strangest thing I ever ...

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The Hushed House by Madison Julius Cawein

The Hushed House by Madison Julius Cawein

I, who went at nightfall, came again at dawn,On Love's door again I knocked. Love was gone.He who oft had bade me in, now would bid no more,Silence sat within his house, barred ...

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The Goose by Madison Julius Cawein

The Goose by Madison Julius Cawein

Here is a tale for spinsters at their sewing:There was a goose, a little gosling surely,Who went her goose-girl way and looked demurelyAs every goose should when 'tis wise and ...

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The Lamp At The Window by Madison Julius Cawein

The Lamp At The Window by Madison Julius Cawein

Like some gaunt ghost the tempest wailsOutside my door, its icy nailsBeat on the pane: and Night and StormAround the house, with furious flailsOf wind, from which the slant ...

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The Dittany by Madison Julius Cawein

The Dittany by Madison Julius Cawein

The scent of dittany was hot.Its smell intensified the heat:Into his brain it seemed to beatWith memories of a day forgot,When she walked with him through the wheat,And noon was ...

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The Land Of Hearts Made Whole by Madison Julius Cawein

The Land Of Hearts Made Whole by Madison Julius Cawein

Do you know the way that goesOver fields of rue and rose,Warm of scent and hot of hue,Roofed with heaven's bluest blue,To the Vale of Dreams Come True?Do you know the path that ...

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The Jongleur by Madison Julius Cawein

The Jongleur by Madison Julius Cawein

Last night I lay awake and heard the wind,That madman jongleur of the world of air,Making wild music: now he seemed to fareWith harp and lute, so intimately twinnedThey were as ...

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The Land Of Illusion by Madison Julius Cawein

The Land Of Illusion by Madison Julius Cawein

So we had come at last, my soul and I,Into that land of shadowy plain and peak,On which the dawn seemed ever about to breakOn which the day seemed ever about to die.IILong had ...

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The Gray Sisters by Madison Julius Cawein

The Gray Sisters by Madison Julius Cawein

What is that which walks by nightIn flying tatters of leaves and weeds,When the clouds rush by like daemon steeds,And the moon is a jack-o'-lantern lightLow in the pool's dark ...

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The Heart O’ Spring by Madison Julius Cawein

The Heart O’ Spring by Madison Julius Cawein

Whiten, oh whiten, O clouds of lawn!Lily-like clouds that whiten above,Now like a dove, and now like a swan,But never, oh never pass on! pass on!Never so white as the throat of ...

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The Glory And The Dream by Madison Julius Cawein

The Glory And The Dream by Madison Julius Cawein

There in the past I see her as of old,Blue-eyed and hazel-haired, within a roomDim with a twilight of tenebrious gold,Her white face sensuous as a delicate bloomNight opens in ...

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The Hamadryad by Madison Julius Cawein

The Hamadryad by Madison Julius Cawein

She stood among the longest fernsThe valley held, and in her handOne blossom, like the light that burnsVermilion o'er a sunset land,And round her hair a twisted bandOf ...

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The Forest Spring by Madison Julius Cawein

The Forest Spring by Madison Julius Cawein

Push back the brambles, berry-blue:The hollowed spring is full in view:Deep-tangled with luxuriant fernIts rock-embedded, crystal urn.Not for the loneliness that keepsThe coigne ...

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The Glowworm by Madison Julius Cawein

The Glowworm by Madison Julius Cawein

How long had I sat there and had not beheldThe gleam of the glow-worm till something compelled!...The heaven was starless, the forest was deep,And the vistas of darkness ...

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The Ghost by Madison Julius Cawein

The Ghost by Madison Julius Cawein

There's a house across the streetThat nobody goes into,Say it's haunted, yes, they do,Ghosts livethere, they say, or meet:Saw one in a winding-sheetAt a window once, and tookTo ...

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The Grasshopper by Madison Julius Cawein

The Grasshopper by Madison Julius Cawein

The grasshopper, that sang its sleepy songAll summer long,The orchard lands and harvest fields among,Taking no heed of aught save its own joy,Without alloy,Cheering the ear with ...

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The Forest Of Shadows by Madison Julius Cawein

The Forest Of Shadows by Madison Julius Cawein

Deep in the hush of a mighty woodI came to a place of dread and dream,And forms of shadows, whose shapes eludeThe searching swords of the sun's dim gleam,Builders of silence and ...

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The Golden Hour I by Madison Julius Cawein

The Golden Hour I by Madison Julius Cawein

She comes, the dreamy daughterOf day and night, a girl,Who o'er the western waterLifts up her moon of pearl:Like some Rebecca at the well,Who fills her jar of crystal shell,Down ...

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The House Of Life by Madison Julius Cawein

The House Of Life by Madison Julius Cawein

They are the wise who look before,Nor fear to look behind,Who in the darkness still ignorePale shadows of the mind.Who, having lost, though loss be much,Still dare to dream and ...

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The Image In The Glass by Madison Julius Cawein

The Image In The Glass by Madison Julius Cawein

The slow reflection of a woman's faceGrew, as by witchcraft, in the oval spaceOf that strange glass on which the moon looked in:As cruel as death beneath the auburn hairThe dark ...

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The Fountain Of Love by Madison Julius Cawein

The Fountain Of Love by Madison Julius Cawein

The source of laughter lies so near to tears,And pain to rapture, that one fountain flowsFrom forth the two Love's, in whose deeps appearsThe image of the Heaven each man knows. ...

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The Herb-Gatherer by Madison Julius Cawein

The Herb-Gatherer by Madison Julius Cawein

A grey, bald hillside, bristling here and thereWith leprous-looking grass, that, knobbed with stones,Slopes to a valley where a wild stream moans,And every bush seems tortured ...

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The House Of Moss by Madison Julius Cawein

The House Of Moss by Madison Julius Cawein

How fancy romped and played here,Building this house of moss!A faery house, the shade hereAnd sunlight gleam across,And how it danced and swayed here,A child with locks atoss!I ...

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The Heaven-Born by Madison Julius Cawein

The Heaven-Born by Madison Julius Cawein

Not into these dark cities,These sordid marts and streets,That the sun in his rising pities,And the moon with sorrow greets,Does she, with her dreams and flowers,For whom our ...

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The Heart’s Desire by Madison Julius Cawein

The Heart’s Desire by Madison Julius Cawein

God made her body out of foam and flowers,And for her hair the dawn and darkness blent,Then called two planets from their heavenly towers,And in her face, divinely eloquent,Gave ...

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The Hills by Madison Julius Cawein

The Hills by Madison Julius Cawein

There is no joy of earth that thrillsMy bosom like the far-off hills!Th' unchanging hills, that, shadowy,Beckon our mutabilityTo follow and to gaze uponFoundations of the dusk ...

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The Harvest Moon by Madison Julius Cawein

The Harvest Moon by Madison Julius Cawein

Globed in Heav'n's tree of azure, golden mellowAs some round apple hungHigh in hesperian boughs, thou hangest yellowThe branch-like mists among:Within thy light a sunburnt ...

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The Heart’s Own Day by Madison Julius Cawein

The Heart’s Own Day by Madison Julius Cawein

This is the heart's own day:With dreaming eyesLife seems to look awayBeyond the skiesInto some long-gone May.A May that can not die,Across whose hillsYouth's heart goes singing ...

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The Fool by Madison Julius Cawein

The Fool by Madison Julius Cawein

Here is a tale for children and their grannies:There was a fool, a man who'd had his chancesBut missed them, somehow, lost them, just for fancies,Tag-ends of things with which ...

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The Poet by Madison Julius Cawein

The Poet by Madison Julius Cawein

He stands above all worldly schism,And, gazing over life's abysmBeholds within the starry rangeOf heaven laws of death and change,That, through his soul's prophetic prism,Are ...

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The First Quarter by Madison Julius Cawein

The First Quarter by Madison Julius Cawein

JanuaryShaggy with skins of frost-furred gray and drab,Harsh, hoary hair framing a bitter face,He bends above the dead Year's fireplaceNursing the last few embers of its slabTo ...

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The Pond by Madison Julius Cawein

The Pond by Madison Julius Cawein

And I told the boy next doorWhat Jack Frost had done, and heSaid, 'Ah shucks! that's nothing, see?I have seen all that before.You just come along with me,I will show you ...

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The Forest Of Old Enchantment by Madison Julius Cawein

The Forest Of Old Enchantment by Madison Julius Cawein

Squaw-Berry, bramble, Solomon's-seal,And rattlesnake-weed make wild the place:You seem to feel that a Faun will stealOr leap before your face. . . .Is that the reel of a Satyr's ...

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The Puritans’ Christmas by Madison Julius Cawein

The Puritans’ Christmas by Madison Julius Cawein

Their only thought religion,What Christmas joys had they,The stern, staunch Pilgrim Fathers whoKnew naught of holiday?A log-church in the clearing'Mid solitudes of snow,The ...

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The Forest Of Fear by Madison Julius Cawein

The Forest Of Fear by Madison Julius Cawein

The cut-throat darkness hemmed me 'round:I waited, helpless in its grasp.The forest gave no sign or sound:The wind was dead: no insect's raspI heard, nor water's gulp and ...

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The Poppet-Show by Madison Julius Cawein

The Poppet-Show by Madison Julius Cawein

Once I gave a 'poppa-show':And I had the greatest fun!Every boy and girl I knowThat is, nearly every one,Came to see it: I just putSome old toys into a box,Paper things that I ...

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The Rendezvous by Madison Julius Cawein

The Rendezvous by Madison Julius Cawein

A lonely barn, lost in a field of weeds,A fallen fence, where partly hangs a gate:The skies are darkening and the hour is late,The Indian dusk comes, red in rainy beads.Along a ...

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The Purple Valleys by Madison Julius Cawein

The Purple Valleys by Madison Julius Cawein

Far in the purple valleys of illusionI see her waiting, like the soul of music,With deep eyes, lovelier than cerulean pansies,Shadow and fire, yet merciless as poison,With red ...

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The Republic by Madison Julius Cawein

The Republic by Madison Julius Cawein

Not they the greatWho build authority around a State,And firm on calumny and party hateBase their ambition. Nor the great are theyWho with disturbance make their way,Mindful of ...

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The Rag-Picker by Madison Julius Cawein

The Rag-Picker by Madison Julius Cawein

A pond of filth a sewer flows into,Around whose edge the evil ragweeds crowd,Poison in every breath, and, cloud on cloud,Insects that sing and sting, the pool's fierce spew:All ...

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The Road by Madison Julius Cawein

The Road by Madison Julius Cawein

Along the road I smelt the rose,The wild-rose in its veil of rain,And how it was, God only knows,But with its scent I saw againA girl's face at a window-pane,Gazing through ...

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The Ribbon by Madison Julius Cawein

The Ribbon by Madison Julius Cawein

Those were the days of doubt. How clearIt all comes back! This ribbon, see?Brings that far past so very nearI lose my own identity,And seem two beings: one that's here,And one ...

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The Rue-Anemone by Madison Julius Cawein

The Rue-Anemone by Madison Julius Cawein

Under an oak-tree in a woodland, whereThe dreaming Spring had dropped it from her hair,I found a flower, through which I seemed to gazeBeyond the world and see what no man ...

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The End Of The Century by Madison Julius Cawein

The End Of The Century by Madison Julius Cawein

There are moments when, as missions,God reveals to us strange visions,When, within their separate stations,We may see the Centuries,Like revolving constellationsShaping out ...

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The Faery Pipe by Madison Julius Cawein

The Faery Pipe by Madison Julius Cawein

Woods of wonder, wonder ways,Where the Faery Piper plays,Bidding all to up and followOver haunted hill and hollow,And behold again the FaysWhirling in a moonlit maze.He whom ...

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The Feud by Madison Julius Cawein

The Feud by Madison Julius Cawein

Rocks, trees and rocks, and down a mossy stoneThe murmuring ooze and trickle of a streamThrough bushes, where the mountain spring lies lone,A gleaming cairngorm where the ...

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