Oliver Wendell Holmes
Sun And Shadow by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sun And Shadow by Oliver Wendell Holmes

As I look from the isle, o'er its billows of green, To the billows of foam-crested blue, Yon bark, that afar in the distance is seen, Half dreaming, my ...

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A Familiar Letter by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Familiar Letter by Oliver Wendell Holmes

YES, write, if you want to, there's nothing like trying; Who knows what a treasure your casket may hold? I'll show you that rhyming's as easy as lying, If you'll ...

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God Save The Flag by Oliver Wendell Holmes

God Save The Flag by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Washed in the blood of the brave and the blooming, Snatched from the altars of insolent foes, Burning with star-fires, but never consuming, Flash its broad ribbons of lily and ...

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A Parody On “a Psalm Of Life” by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Parody On “a Psalm Of Life” by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Life is real, life is earnest, And the shell is not its pen –“Egg thou art, and egg remainest”Was not spoken of the hen.Art is long and Time is fleeting, Be our bills then ...

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A Poem For The Meeting Of The American Medical Association At New York, May 5, 1853 by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Poem For The Meeting Of The American Medical Association At New York, May 5, 1853 by Oliver Wendell Holmes

I HOLD a letter in my hand,-A flattering letter, more's the pity,-By some contriving junto planned,And signed per order of Committee.It touches every tenderest spot,-My patriotic ...

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Bill And Joe by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Bill And Joe by Oliver Wendell Holmes

COME, dear old comrade, you and I Will steal an hour from days gone by, The shining days when life was new, And all was bright with morning dew, ...

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The Boys by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Boys by Oliver Wendell Holmes

HAS there any old fellow got mixed with the boys? If there has, take him out, without making a noise. Hang the Almanac's cheat and the Catalogue's spite! ...

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The Flower Of Liberty by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Flower Of Liberty by Oliver Wendell Holmes

WHAT flower is this that greets the morn, Its hues from Heaven so freshly born? With burning star and flaming band It kindles all the sunset land: ...

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On The Death Of President Garfield by Oliver Wendell Holmes

On The Death Of President Garfield by Oliver Wendell Holmes

I.FALLEN with autumn's falling leafEre yet his summer's noon was past,Our friend, our guide, our trusted chief,--What words can match a woe so vast!And whose the chartered claim ...

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The Iron Gate by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Iron Gate by Oliver Wendell Holmes

WHERE is this patriarch you are kindly greeting? Not unfamiliar to my ear his name, Nor yet unknown to many a joyous meeting In days long vanished,-- is ...

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Dorothy Q. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Dorothy Q. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

GRANDMOTHER's mother: her age, I guess, Thirteen summers, or something less; Girlish bust, but womanly air; Smooth, square forehead with uprolled hair; ...

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Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Ay, tear her tattered ensign down! Long has it waved on high, And many an eye has danced to see That banner in the sky; Beneath it rung the battle shout, ...

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A Ballad Of The Boston Tea-Party by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Ballad Of The Boston Tea-Party by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Read at a meeting of the Massachusetts Historical Society.No! never such a draught was pouredSince Hebe served with nectarThe bright Olympians and their Lord,Her over-kind ...

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The Height Of The Ridiculous by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Height Of The Ridiculous by Oliver Wendell Holmes

I WROTE some lines once on a time In wondrous merry mood, And thought, as usual, men would say They were exceeding good. They were so queer, ...

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Contentment by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Contentment by Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Man wants but little here below." LITTLE I ask; my wants are few; I only wish a hut of stone, (A very plain brown stone will do,) That I may ...

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The Star And The Water Lily by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Star And The Water Lily by Oliver Wendell Holmes

THE SUN stepped down from his golden throne, And lay in the silent sea, And the Lily had folded her satin leaves, For a sleepy thing was she; What is the Lily dreaming of? Why ...

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Cacoethes Scribendi by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Cacoethes Scribendi by Oliver Wendell Holmes

If all the trees in all the woods were men; And each and every blade of grass a pen; If every leaf on every shrub and tree Turned to a sheet of foolscap; every sea ...

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My Aviary by Oliver Wendell Holmes

My Aviary by Oliver Wendell Holmes

THROUGH my north window, in the wintry weather,-- My airy oriel on the river shore,-- I watch the sea-fowl as they flock together Where late the boatman flashed his ...

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The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes

THIS is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign, Sails the unshadowed main,-- The venturous bark that flings ...

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The Deacon’s Masterpiece Or, The Wonderful “One-Hoss Shay”: A Logical Story by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Deacon’s Masterpiece Or, The Wonderful “One-Hoss Shay”: A Logical Story by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Have you heard of the wonderful one-hoss shay, That was built in such a logical wayIt ran a hundred years to a day,And then, of a sudden, it -- ah, but stay,I'll tell you what ...

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A Farewell To Agassiz by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Farewell To Agassiz by Oliver Wendell Holmes

How the mountains talked together, Looking down upon the weather, When they heard our friend had planned his Little trip among the Andes How ...

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Martha by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Martha by Oliver Wendell Holmes

SEXTON! Martha's dead and gone; Toll the bell! toll the bell! Her weary hands their labor cease; Good night, poor Martha,-- sleep in peace! ...

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Poem (Halleck Monument Dedication) by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Poem (Halleck Monument Dedication) by Oliver Wendell Holmes

SAY not the Poet dies! Though in the dust he lies, He cannot forfeit his melodious breath, Unsphered by envious death! Life drops the voiceless ...

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A Noontide Lyric by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Noontide Lyric by Oliver Wendell Holmes

THE dinner-bell, the dinner-bellIs ringing loud and clear;Through hill and plain, through street and lane,It echoes far and near;From curtained hall and whitewashed stall,Wherever ...

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At The Banquet To The Grand Duke Alexis by Oliver Wendell Holmes

At The Banquet To The Grand Duke Alexis by Oliver Wendell Holmes

DECEMBER 9, 1871ONE word to the guest we have gathered to greet!The echoes are longing that word to repeat,--It springs to the lips that are waiting to part,For its syllables ...

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A Roman Aqueduct by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Roman Aqueduct by Oliver Wendell Holmes

THE sun-browned girl, whose limbs reclineWhen noon her languid hand has laidHot on the green flakes of the pine,Beneath its narrow disk of shade;As, through the flickering ...

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Brother Jonathan’s Lament by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Brother Jonathan’s Lament by Oliver Wendell Holmes

SHE has gone,-- she has left us in passion and pride,-- Our stormy-browed sister, so long at our side! She has torn her own star from our firmament's glow, ...

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The Opening Of The Piano by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Opening Of The Piano by Oliver Wendell Holmes

IN the little southern parlor of tbe house you may have seen With the gambrel-roof, and the gable looking westward to the green, At the side toward the sunset, with the ...

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Under The Violets by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Under The Violets by Oliver Wendell Holmes

HER hands are cold; her face is white; No more her pulses come and go; Her eyes are shut to life and light;-- Fold the white vesture, snow on snow, ...

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The Old Man Dreams by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Old Man Dreams by Oliver Wendell Holmes

OH for one hour of youthful joy! Give back my twentieth spring! I'd rather laugh, a bright-haired boy, Than reign, a gray-beard king. Off with ...

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A Sentiment by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Sentiment by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The pledge of Friendship! it is still divine,Though watery floods have quenched its burning wine;Whatever vase the sacred drops may hold,The gourd, the shell, the cup of beaten ...

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A Loving-Cup Song by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Loving-Cup Song by Oliver Wendell Holmes

COME, heap the fagots! Ere we goAgain the cheerful hearth shall glow;We 'll have another blaze, my boys!When clouds are black and snows are white,Then Christmas logs lend ruddy ...

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The Voiceless by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Voiceless by Oliver Wendell Holmes

WE count the broken lyres that rest Where the sweet wailing singers slumber, But o'er their silent sister's breast The wild-flowers who will stoop to ...

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A Family Record by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Family Record by Oliver Wendell Holmes

WOODSTOCK, CONN., JULY 4, 1877NOT to myself this breath of vesper song,Not to these patient friends, this kindly throng,Not to this hallowed morning, though it beOur summer ...

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A Birthday Tribute by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Birthday Tribute by Oliver Wendell Holmes

TO J. F. CLARKEWHO is the shepherd sent to lead,Through pastures green, the Master's sheep?What guileless 'Israelite indeed'The folded flock may watch and keep?He who with ...

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The Living Temple by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Living Temple by Oliver Wendell Holmes

NOT in the world of light alone, Where God has built his blazing throne, Nor yet alone in earth below, With belted seas that come and go, ...

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The Two Streams by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Two Streams by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Behold the rocky wall That down its sloping sides Pours the swift rain-drops, blending, as they fall, In rushing river-tides! Yon stream, whose sources run ...

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Union And Liberty by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Union And Liberty by Oliver Wendell Holmes

FLAG of the heroes who left us their glory, Borne through their battle-fields' thunder and flame, Blazoned in song and illumined in story, Wave o'er us ...

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?stivation by Oliver Wendell Holmes

?stivation by Oliver Wendell Holmes

An Unpublished Poem, by my late Latin Tutor. In candent ire the solar splendor flames; The foles, languescent, pend from arid rames; His humid front ...

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The FlaANeur by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The FlaANeur by Oliver Wendell Holmes

I love all sights of earth and skies, From flowers that glow to stars that shine; The comet and the penny show, All curious things, above, below, Hold each in turn ...

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For The Moore Centennial Celebration by Oliver Wendell Holmes

For The Moore Centennial Celebration by Oliver Wendell Holmes

I ENCHANTER of Erin, whose magic has bound us, Thy wand for one moment we fondly would claim, Entranced while it summons the phantoms around us ...

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Daily Trials By A Sensitive Man by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Daily Trials By A Sensitive Man by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oh, there are times When all this fret and tumult that we hear Do seem more stale than to the sexton's ear His own dull chimes. Ding dong! ding dong! The ...

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The Ballad Of The Oysterman by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Ballad Of The Oysterman by Oliver Wendell Holmes

IT was a tall young oysterman lived by the river-side,His shop was just upon the bank, his boat was on the tide;The daughter of a fisherman, that was so straight and slim,Lived ...

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A Poem. Dedication Of The Pittsfield Cemetery by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Poem. Dedication Of The Pittsfield Cemetery by Oliver Wendell Holmes

ANGEL of Death! extend thy silent reign! Stretch thy dark sceptre oaˆ™er this new domainNo sable car along the winding roadHas borne to earth its unresisting load;No sudden mound ...

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A Sea Dialogue by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Sea Dialogue by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Cabin Passenger:FRIEND, you seem thoughtful. I not wonder muchThat he who sails the ocean should be sad.I am myself reflective. When I thinkOf all this wallowing beast, the Sea, ...

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My Aunt by Oliver Wendell Holmes

My Aunt by Oliver Wendell Holmes

My aunt! my dear unmarried aunt! Long years have oaˆ™er her flown;Yet still she strains the aching claspThat binds her virgin zone;I know it hurts her,aˆ”A­though she looksAs ...

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The Fountain Of Youth by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Fountain Of Youth by Oliver Wendell Holmes

READ AT THE MEETING OF THE HARVARD ALUMNIASSOCIATION, JUNE 25, 1873THE fount the Spaniard sought in vainThrough all the land of flowersLeaps glittering from the sandy plainOur ...

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A Song Of Other Days by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Song Of Other Days by Oliver Wendell Holmes

As o'er the glacier's frozen sheetBreathes soft the Alpine rose,So through life's desert springing sweetThe flower of friendship grows;And as where'er the roses growSome rain or ...

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A Song Of by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Song Of by Oliver Wendell Holmes

THE summer dawn is breakingOn Auburn's tangled bowers,The golden light is wakingOn Harvard's ancient towers;The sun is in the skyThat must see us do or die,Ere it shine on the ...

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The Angel-Thief by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Angel-Thief by Oliver Wendell Holmes

TIME is a thief who leaves his tools behind him;He comes by night, he vanishes at dawn;We track his footsteps, but we never find himStrong locks are broken, massive bolts are ...

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