Stevie Smith
Not Waving But Drowning by Stevie Smith

Not Waving But Drowning by Stevie Smith

Nobody heard him, the dead man,But still he lay moaning:I was much further out than you thoughtAnd not waving but drowning.Poor chap, he always loved larkingAnd now he's deadIt ...

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Infelice by Stevie Smith

Infelice by Stevie Smith

Walking swiftly with a dreadful duchess,He smiled too briefly, his face was pale as sand,He jumped into a taxi when he saw me coming,Leaving my alone with a private meaning,He ...

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Alone In The Woods by Stevie Smith

Alone In The Woods by Stevie Smith

Alone in the woods I feltThe bitter hostility of the sky and the treesNature has taught her creatures to hateMan that fusses and fumesUnquiet manAs the sap rises in the treesAs ...

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Drugs Made Pauline Vague by Stevie Smith

Drugs Made Pauline Vague by Stevie Smith

Drugs made Pauline vague.She sat one day at the breakfast tableFingering in a baffled wayThe fronds of the maidenhair plant.Was it the salt you were looking for dear?said Dulcie, ...

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Happiness by Stevie Smith

Happiness by Stevie Smith

Happiness is silent, or speaks equivocally for friends,Grief is explicit and her song never ends,Happiness is like England, and will not state a case,Grief, like Guilt, rushes in ...

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The Pleasures Of Friendship by Stevie Smith

The Pleasures Of Friendship by Stevie Smith

The pleasures of friendship are exquisite,How pleasant to go to a friend on a visit!I go to my friend, we walk on the grass,And the hours and moments like minutes pass.

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Conviction (Iii) by Stevie Smith

Conviction (Iii) by Stevie Smith

The shadow was so black,I thought it was a cat,But once in to itI knew itNo more blackThan a shadow's back.Illusion is a freakOf mind;The cat's to seek.

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Away, Melancholy by Stevie Smith

Away, Melancholy by Stevie Smith

Away, melancholy,Away with it, let it go.Are not the trees green,The earth as green?Does not the wind blow,Fire leap and the rivers flow?Away melancholy.The ant is busyHe carrieth ...

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My Heart Goes Out by Stevie Smith

My Heart Goes Out by Stevie Smith

My heart goes out to my Creator in loveWho gave me Death, as end and remedy.All living creatures come to quiet DeathFor him to eat up their activityAnd give them nothing, which is ...

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Freddy by Stevie Smith

Freddy by Stevie Smith

Nobody knows what I feel about FreddyI cannot make anyone understandI love him sub specie aet ernitatiesI love him out of hand.I don't love him so much in the restaurants that's a ...

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Sunt Leones by Stevie Smith

Sunt Leones by Stevie Smith

The lions who ate the Christians on the sands of the arenaBy indulging native appetites played was now been seen aNot entirely negligible partIn consolidating at the very startThe ...

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Conviction (Ii) by Stevie Smith

Conviction (Ii) by Stevie Smith

I walked abroad in Easter Park,I heard the wild dog's distant bark,I knew my Lord was risen again, -Wild dog, wild dog, you bark in vain.

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In The Night by Stevie Smith

In The Night by Stevie Smith

I longed for companionship rather,But my companions I always wished farther.And now in the desolate nightI think only of the people i should like to bite.

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Pretty by Stevie Smith

Pretty by Stevie Smith

Why is the word pretty so underrated? In November the leaf is pretty when it falls.The stream grows deep in the woods after rain.And in the pretty pool the pike stalks.He stalks ...

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Deeply Morbid by Stevie Smith

Deeply Morbid by Stevie Smith

Deeply morbid deeply morbid was the girl who typed the lettersAlways out of office hours running with her social bettersBut when daylight and the darkness of the office closed ...

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Autumn by Stevie Smith

Autumn by Stevie Smith

He told his life story to Mrs. CourtlyWho was a widow. 'Let us get married shortly',He said. 'I am no longer passionate,But we can have some conversation before it is too late.'

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Nor We Of Her To Him by Stevie Smith

Nor We Of Her To Him by Stevie Smith

He said no word of her to usNor we of her to him,But oh it saddened us to seeHow wan he grew and thin.We said: she eats him day and nightAnd draws the blood from him,We did not ...

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Tenuous And Precarious by Stevie Smith

Tenuous And Precarious by Stevie Smith

Tenuous and PrecariousWere my guardians,Precarious and Tenuous,Two Romans. My father was Hazardous,HazardousDear old man,Three Romans. There was my brother Spurious,Spurious ...

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Mother, Among The Dustbins by Stevie Smith

Mother, Among The Dustbins by Stevie Smith

Mother, among the dustbins and the manureI feel the measure of my humanity, an allureAs of the presence of God, I am sureIn the dustbins, in the manure, in the cat at play,Is the ...

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My Heart Was Full by Stevie Smith

My Heart Was Full by Stevie Smith

My heart was full of softening showers,I used to swing like this for hours,I did not care for war or death,I was glad to draw my breath.

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I Remember by Stevie Smith

I Remember by Stevie Smith

It was my bridal night I remember,An old man of seventy-threeI lay with my young bride in my arms,A girl with t.b.It was wartime, and overheadThe Germans were making a ...

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The Reason by Stevie Smith

The Reason by Stevie Smith

My life is vileI hate it soI'll wait awhileAnd then I'll go.Why wait at all?Hope springs alive,Good may befallI yet may thrive.It is because I can't make up my mindIf God is good, ...

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Never Again by Stevie Smith

Never Again by Stevie Smith

Never again will I weepAnd wring my handsAnd beat my head against the wallBecauseMe nolentem fata trahuntButWhen I have had enoughI will ariseAnd go unto my FatherAnd I will say ...

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Conviction (Iv) by Stevie Smith

Conviction (Iv) by Stevie Smith

I like to get off with people,I like to lie in their armsI like to be held and lightly kissed,Safe from all alarms.I like to laugh and be happyWith a beautiful kiss,I tell you, in ...

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The Jungle Husband by Stevie Smith

The Jungle Husband by Stevie Smith

Dearest Evelyn, I often think of youOut with the guns in the jungle stewYesterday I hittapotamusI put the measurements down for you but they got lost in the fussIt's not a good ...

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Our Bog Is Dood by Stevie Smith

Our Bog Is Dood by Stevie Smith

Our Bog is dood, our Bog is dood, They lisped in accents mild, But when I asked them to explain They grew a little wild. How do you know your Bog is dood My darling little child? ...

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I Do Not Speak by Stevie Smith

I Do Not Speak by Stevie Smith

I do not ask for mercy for understanding for peaceAnd in these heavy days I do not ask for releaseI do not ask that suffering shall cease.I do not pray to God to let me dieTo give ...

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The Airy Christ by Stevie Smith

The Airy Christ by Stevie Smith

After reading Dr Rieu’s translation of St Mark’s Gospel.Who is this that comes in splendour, coming from the blazing East? This is he we had not thought of, this is he the airy ...

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To The Tune Of The Coventry Carol by Stevie Smith

To The Tune Of The Coventry Carol by Stevie Smith

The nearly rightAnd yet not quiteIn love is wholly evilAnd every heartThat loves in partIs mortgaged to the devilI loved or thoughtI loved in sortWas this to love akin?To take the ...

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Tender Only To One by Stevie Smith

Tender Only To One by Stevie Smith

Tender only to one Tender and true The petals swing To my fingering Is it you, or you, or you? Tender only to one I do not know his name And the friends who fall To the petals’ ...

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Was He Married? by Stevie Smith

Was He Married? by Stevie Smith

Was he married, did he try To support as he grew less fond of them Wife and family? No, He never suffered such a blow. Did he feel pointless, feeble and distrait, Unwanted by ...

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Thoughts About The Person From Porlock by Stevie Smith

Thoughts About The Person From Porlock by Stevie Smith

Coleridge received the Person from Porlock And ever after called him a curse, Then why did he hurry to let him in? He could have hid in the house. It was not right of Coleridge in ...

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The Suburban Classes by Stevie Smith

The Suburban Classes by Stevie Smith

There is far too much of the suburban classes Spiritually not geographically speaking. They’re asses. Menacing the greatness of our beloved England, they lie Propagating their ...

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Exeat by Stevie Smith

Exeat by Stevie Smith

I remember the Roman Emperor, one of the cruellest of them,Who used to visit for pleasure his poor prisoners cramped in dungeons,So then they would beg him for death, and then he ...

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My Soul by Stevie Smith

My Soul by Stevie Smith

In the flame of the flickering fire The sins of my soul are few And the thoughts in my head are the thoughts of a bed With a solitary view. But the eye of eternal consciousness ...

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The Face by Stevie Smith

The Face by Stevie Smith

There is a face I know too well, A face I dread to see, So vain it is, so eloquent Of all futility. It is a human face that hides A monkey soul within, That bangs about, that ...

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In My Dreams by Stevie Smith

In My Dreams by Stevie Smith

In my dreams I am always saying goodbye and riding away, Whither and why I know not nor do I care. And the parting is sweet and the parting over is sweeter, And sweetest of all is ...

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Do Not! by Stevie Smith

Do Not! by Stevie Smith

Do not despair of man, and do not scold him, Who are you that you should so lightly hold him? Are you not also a man, and in your heart Are there not warlike thoughts and fear and ...

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Conviction (I) by Stevie Smith

Conviction (I) by Stevie Smith

Christ died for God and meUpon the crucifixion treeFor God a spoken WordFor me a SwordFor God a hymn of praiseFor me eternal daysFor God an explanationFor me salvation.

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Pad, Pad by Stevie Smith

Pad, Pad by Stevie Smith

I always remember your beautiful flowersAnd the beautiful kimono you woreWhen you sat on the couchWith that tigerish crouchAnd told me you loved me no more.What I cannot remember ...

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Bag-Snatching In Dublin by Stevie Smith

Bag-Snatching In Dublin by Stevie Smith

SiselyWalked so nicelyWith footsteps so discreetTo see her passYou'd never guessShe walked upon the street.Down where the Liffey waters' turgid floodChurns up to greet the ...

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