Sidney Lanier
Song Of The Chattahoochee by Sidney Lanier

Song Of The Chattahoochee by Sidney Lanier

Out of the hills of Habersham,Down the valleys of Hall,I hurry amain to reach the plain,Run the rapid and leap the fall,Split at the rock and together again,Accept my bed, or ...

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The Mocking-Bird by Sidney Lanier

The Mocking-Bird by Sidney Lanier

Superb and sole, upon a plumed sprayThat o'er the general leafage boldly grew,He summ'd the woods in song, or typic drewThe watch of hungry hawks, the lone dismayOf languid ...

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Struggle by Sidney Lanier

Struggle by Sidney Lanier

My soul is like the oar that momently Dies in a desperate stress beneath the wave,Then glitters out again and sweeps the sea: Each second I'm new-born from some new grave.

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Uncle Jim’s Baptist Revival Hymn by Sidney Lanier

Uncle Jim’s Baptist Revival Hymn by Sidney Lanier

By Sidney and Clifford Lanier.Solo. --Sin's rooster's crowed, Ole Mahster's riz,De sleepin'-time is pas',Wake up dem lazy Baptissis,Chorus. --Dey's mightily in de grass, ...

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A Song Of Love by Sidney Lanier

A Song Of Love by Sidney Lanier

Hey, rose, just bornTwin to a thorn,Was't so with you, O Love and Scorn?Sweet eyes that smiled,Now wet and wild:O Eye and Tear- mother and child.Well: Love and PainBe kinfolks ...

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The Symphony by Sidney Lanier

The Symphony by Sidney Lanier

O Trade! O Trade! would thou wert dead!The Time needs heart -- 'tis tired of head:We're all for love, the violins said.Of what avail the rigorous taleOf bill for coin and box ...

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An Frau Nannette Falk-Auerbach. by Sidney Lanier

An Frau Nannette Falk-Auerbach. by Sidney Lanier

Als du im Saal mit deiner himmlischen Kunst Beethoven zeigst, und seinem Willen nachMit den zehn Fingern fuehrst der Leute Gunst, Zehn Zungen sagen was der Meister ...

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The Raven Days by Sidney Lanier

The Raven Days by Sidney Lanier

Our hearths are gone out and our hearts are broken, And but the ghosts of homes to us remain,And ghastly eyes and hollow sighs give token From friend to friend of an unspoken ...

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The Revenge Of Hamish by Sidney Lanier

The Revenge Of Hamish by Sidney Lanier

It was three slim does and a ten-tined buck in the bracken lay, And all of a sudden the sinister smell of a man, Awaft on a wind-shift, wavered and ranDown the hill-side and ...

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A Sea-Shore Grave. To M. J. L. by Sidney Lanier

A Sea-Shore Grave. To M. J. L. by Sidney Lanier

By Sidney and Clifford Lanier.O wish that's vainer than the plash Of these wave-whimsies on the shore:Give us a pearl to fill the gash -- God, let our dead friend live once ...

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Corn. by Sidney Lanier

Corn. by Sidney Lanier

To-day the woods are trembling through and throughWith shimmering forms, that flash before my view,Then melt in green as dawn-stars melt in blue. The leaves that wave against my ...

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Acknowledgment. by Sidney Lanier

Acknowledgment. by Sidney Lanier

I.O Age that half believ'st thou half believ'st, Half doubt'st the substance of thine own half doubt,And, half perceiving that thou half perceiv'st, Stand'st at thy temple door, ...

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Hymns Of The Marshes. by Sidney Lanier

Hymns Of The Marshes. by Sidney Lanier

I.Sunrise.In my sleep I was fain of their fellowship, fain Of the live-oak, the marsh, and the main.The little green leaves would not let me alone in my sleep,Up-breathed from ...

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A Florida Ghost. by Sidney Lanier

A Florida Ghost. by Sidney Lanier

Down mildest shores of milk-white sand,By cape and fair Floridian bay,Twixt billowy pines -- a surf asleep on land --And the great Gulf at play, Past far-off palms that filmed ...

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Spring Greeting by Sidney Lanier

Spring Greeting by Sidney Lanier

From the German of Herder.All faintly through my soul to-day,As from a bell that far awayIs tinkled by some frolic fay,Floateth a lovely chiming.Thou magic bell, to many a ...

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Thar’s More In The Man Than Thar Is In The Land by Sidney Lanier

Thar’s More In The Man Than Thar Is In The Land by Sidney Lanier

I knowed a man, which he lived in Jones,Which Jones is a county of red hills and stones,And he lived pretty much by gittin' of loans,And his mules was nuthin' but skin and ...

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Resurrection by Sidney Lanier

Resurrection by Sidney Lanier

Sometimes in morning sunlights by the river Where in the early fall long grasses wave,Light winds from over the moorland sink and shiver And sigh as if just blown across a ...

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The Bee by Sidney Lanier

The Bee by Sidney Lanier

What time I paced, at pleasant morn,A deep and dewy wood,I heard a mellow hunting-hornMake dim report of Dian's lustihoodFar down a heavenly hollow.Mine ear, though fain, had ...

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In The Foam. by Sidney Lanier

In The Foam. by Sidney Lanier

Life swelleth in a whitening wave,And dasheth thee and me apart.I sweep out seaward: --be thou brave.And reach the shore, Sweetheart.Beat back the backward-thrusting sea.Thy ...

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The Dying Words Of Stonewall Jackson by Sidney Lanier

The Dying Words Of Stonewall Jackson by Sidney Lanier

Order A. P. Hill to prepare for battle.Tell Major Hawks to advance the Commissary train.Let us cross the river and rest in the shade.The stars of Night contain the glittering ...

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Martha Washington by Sidney Lanier

Martha Washington by Sidney Lanier

Written for the Martha Washington Court Journal.Down cold snow-stretches of our bitter time, When windy shams and the rain-mocking sleetOf Trade have cased us in such icy rime ...

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From The Flats. by Sidney Lanier

From The Flats. by Sidney Lanier

What heartache -- ne'er a hill!Inexorable, vapid, vague and chillThe drear sand-levels drain my spirit low.With one poor word they tell me all they know,Whereat their stupid ...

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Marsh Hymns by Sidney Lanier

Marsh Hymns by Sidney Lanier

Between Dawn and Sunrise.Were silver pink, and had a soul, Which soul were shy, which shyness mightA visible influence be, and roll Through heaven and earth -- 'twere thou, O ...

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Thou And I by Sidney Lanier

Thou And I by Sidney Lanier

So one in heart and thought, I trow,That thou might'st press the strings and I might draw the bowAnd both would meet in music sweet,Thou and I, I trow.

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The Power Of Prayer by Sidney Lanier

The Power Of Prayer by Sidney Lanier

or, The First Steamboat up the Alabama.You, Dinah!Come and set me whar de ribber-roads does meet.De Lord, HE made dese black-jack roots to twis' into a seat.Umph, dar!De Lord ...

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In Absence. by Sidney Lanier

In Absence. by Sidney Lanier

I.The storm that snapped our fate's one ship in twain Hath blown my half o' the wreck from thine apart.O Love! O Love! across the gray-waved main To thee-ward strain my eyes, my ...

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The Hard Times In Elfland by Sidney Lanier

The Hard Times In Elfland by Sidney Lanier

A Story of Christmas Eve.Strange that the termagant winds should scold The Christmas Eve so bitterly!But Wife, and Harry the four-year-old, Big Charley, Nimblewits, and I,Blithe ...

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To —- by Sidney Lanier

To —- by Sidney Lanier

The Day was dying, his breathWavered away in a hectic gleam,And I said, if Life's a dream, and DeathAnd Love and all are dreams -- I'll dream. A mist came over the bayLike as a ...

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To Our Mocking-Bird by Sidney Lanier

To Our Mocking-Bird by Sidney Lanier

Died of a cat, May, 1878.I.Trillets of humor, -- shrewdest whistle-wit, -- Contralto cadences of grave desire Such as from off the passionate Indian pyreDrift down through ...

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Tampa Robins by Sidney Lanier

Tampa Robins by Sidney Lanier

The robin laughed in the orange-tree:Ho, windy North, a fig for thee:While breasts are red and wings are boldAnd green trees wave us globes of gold, Time's scythe shall reap but ...

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The Palm And The Pine by Sidney Lanier

The Palm And The Pine by Sidney Lanier

From the German of Heine.In the far North stands a Pine-tree, lone, Upon a wintry height,It sleeps:around it snows have thrown A covering of white.It dreams forever of a Palm ...

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Control by Sidney Lanier

Control by Sidney Lanier

O Hunger, Hunger, I will harness theeAnd make thee harrow all my spirit's glebe.Of old the blind bard Herve sang so sweetHe made a wolf to plow his land.

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Owl Against Robin by Sidney Lanier

Owl Against Robin by Sidney Lanier

Frowning, the owl in the oak complained himSore, that the song of the robin restrained himWrongly of slumber, rudely of rest.From the north, from the east, from the south and ...

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Nine From Eight by Sidney Lanier

Nine From Eight by Sidney Lanier

I was drivin' my two-mule waggin,With a lot o' truck for sale,Towards Macon, to git some baggin'(Which my cotton was ready to bale),And I come to a place on the side o' the ...

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Special Pleading by Sidney Lanier

Special Pleading by Sidney Lanier

Time, hurry my Love to me:Haste, haste!Lov'st not good company? Here's but a heart-break sandy waste 'Twixt Now and Then.Why, killing hasteWere best, dear Time, for thee, for ...

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A Dedication. To Charlotte Cushman. by Sidney Lanier

A Dedication. To Charlotte Cushman. by Sidney Lanier

As Love will carve dear names upon a tree,Symbol of gravure on his heart to be,So thought I thine with loving text to setIn the growth and substance of my canzonet,But, writing ...

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Baby Charley. by Sidney Lanier

Baby Charley. by Sidney Lanier

He's fast asleep.See how, O Wife,Night's finger on the lip of lifeBids whist the tongue, so prattle-rife,Of busy Baby Charley.One arm stretched backward round his head,Five ...

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The Song Of The Chattahoochee by Sidney Lanier

The Song Of The Chattahoochee by Sidney Lanier

Out of the hills of Habersham,Down the valleys of Hall,I hurry amain to reach the plain,Run the rapid and leap the fall,Split at the rock and together again,Accept my bed, or ...

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A Song Of The Future. by Sidney Lanier

A Song Of The Future. by Sidney Lanier

Sail fast, sail fast,Ark of my hopes, Ark of my dreams,Sweep lordly o'er the drowned Past,Fly glittering through the sun's strange beams,Sail fast, sail fast.Breaths of new buds ...

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A Ballad Of The Trees And The Master by Sidney Lanier

A Ballad Of The Trees And The Master by Sidney Lanier

Into the woods my Master went,Clean forspent, forspent.Into the woods my Master came,Forspent with love and shame.But the olives they were not blind to Him,The little gray ...

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An Evening Song. by Sidney Lanier

An Evening Song. by Sidney Lanier

Look off, dear Love, across the sallow sands, And mark yon meeting of the sun and sea,How long they kiss in sight of all the lands.Ah! longer, longer, we.Now in the sea's red ...

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A Song Of Eternity In Time by Sidney Lanier

A Song Of Eternity In Time by Sidney Lanier

Once, at night, in the manor woodMy Love and I long silent stood,Amazed that any heavens couldDecree to part us, bitterly repining.My Love, in aimless love and grief,Reached ...

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A Sunrise Song. by Sidney Lanier

A Sunrise Song. by Sidney Lanier

Young palmer sun, that to these shining sands Pourest thy pilgrim's tale, discoursing stillThy silver passages of sacred lands, With news of Sepulchre and Dolorous Hill,Canst ...

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Rose-Morals by Sidney Lanier

Rose-Morals by Sidney Lanier

I. -- Red. Would that my songs might beWhat roses make by day and night --Distillments of my clod of miseryInto delight. Soul, could'st thou bare thy breastAs yon red rose, and ...

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Ireland. by Sidney Lanier

Ireland. by Sidney Lanier

Written for the Art Autograph during the Irish Famine, 1880.Heartsome Ireland, winsome Ireland, Charmer of the sun and sea,Bright beguiler of old anguish, How could Famine frown ...

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To Baynard Taylor by Sidney Lanier

To Baynard Taylor by Sidney Lanier

To range, deep-wrapt, along a heavenly height, O'erseeing all that man but undersees,To loiter down lone alleys of delight, And hear the beating of the hearts of trees,And think ...

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Barnacles by Sidney Lanier

Barnacles by Sidney Lanier

My soul is sailing through the sea,But the Past is heavy and hindereth me.The Past hath crusted cumbrous shellsThat hold the flesh of cold sea-mellsAbout my soul.The huge waves ...

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Night And Day by Sidney Lanier

Night And Day by Sidney Lanier

The innocent, sweet Day is dead.Dark Night hath slain her in her bed.O, Moors are as fierce to kill as to wed! -- Put out the light, said he.A sweeter light than ever rayedFrom ...

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Souls And Rain-Drops by Sidney Lanier

Souls And Rain-Drops by Sidney Lanier

Light rain-drops fall and wrinkle the sea,Then vanish, and die utterly.One would not know that rain-drops fellIf the round sea-wrinkles did not tell.So souls come down and ...

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The Wedding by Sidney Lanier

The Wedding by Sidney Lanier

O marriage-bells, your clamor tells Two weddings in one breath.SHE marries whom her love compels: -- And I wed Goodman Death!My brain is blank, my tears are red,Listen, O God: ...

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