Sydney Thompson Dobell
The Milkmaid’s Song by Sydney Thompson Dobell

The Milkmaid’s Song by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Turn, turn, for my cheeks they burn,Turn by the dale, my Harry!Fill pail, fill pail,He has turned by the dale,And there by the stile waits Harry.Fill, fill,Fill, pail, fill,For ...

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The Common Grave by Sydney Thompson Dobell

The Common Grave by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Last night beneath the foreign stars I stoodAnd saw the thoughts of those at home go byTo the great grave upon the hill of blood.Upon the darkness they went visibly,Each in the ...

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Daft Jean by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Daft Jean by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Daft Jean,The waesome wean,She cam' by the cottage, she cam' by the ha',The laird's ha' o' Wutherstanelaw,The cottar's cot by the birken shaw;An' aye she gret,To ilk ane she ...

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A Shower In War-Time by Sydney Thompson Dobell

A Shower In War-Time by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Rain, rain, sweet warm rain,On the wood and on the plain!Rain, rain, warm and sweet,Summer wood lush leafy and loud,With note of a throat that ripples and rings,Sad sole sweet ...

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Lord Robert by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Lord Robert by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Tall and young and light of tongue,Gallantly riding by wood and lea,He was ware of a maiden fairAnd turned and whispered, 'Remember me.'(Oh Lord Robert, Lord Robert, Lord ...

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Mentana by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Mentana by Sydney Thompson Dobell

'Mother, I hear a wordIn the air!'Play on, play on, my son,The word thou hast heard is some bright sweet birdThat singeth, why and whereWho knows?As who knows why and whitherThe ...

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Alone by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Alone by Sydney Thompson Dobell

There came to me softly a small wind from the sea.And it lifted a curl as it passed by me.But I sang sorrow and ho the heavy day!And I sang heigho and well-away!Again there came ...

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Austrian Alliance by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Austrian Alliance by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Doth this hand live? Trust not a royal coat,My country! Smite that cheek; there is no stainBut of the clay! no flush of shame or pain.This is the smell o' the grave. Lift the gold ...

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Czar Nicholas by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Czar Nicholas by Sydney Thompson Dobell

We could not turn from that colossal foe,The morning shadow of whose hideous headDarkened the furthest West, and who did throwHis evening shade on Ind. The polar bowBehind him ...

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A Nupial Eve (Excerpt) by Sydney Thompson Dobell

A Nupial Eve (Excerpt) by Sydney Thompson Dobell

The murmur of the mourning ghost That keeps the shadowy kine, "Oh, Keith of Ravelston, The sorrows of thy line!" Ravelston, Ravelston, The merry path that leads ...

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America by Sydney Thompson Dobell

America by Sydney Thompson Dobell

NOR force nor fraud shall sunder us! O ye Who north or south, on east or western land, Native to noble sounds, say truth for truth, Freedom for freedom, love for love, and God ...

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To 1862 by Sydney Thompson Dobell

To 1862 by Sydney Thompson Dobell

(In Prospect Of War With America)IOh worst of years, by what signs shall we knowSo dire an advent? Let thy New-Year's-dayBe night. At the east gate let the sun layHis crown: as ...

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The Mother’s Lesson by Sydney Thompson Dobell

The Mother’s Lesson by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Come hither an' sit on my knee, Willie,Come hither an' sit on my knee,An' list while I tell how your brave brither fell,Fechtin' for you an' for me:Fechtin' for you an' for me, ...

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Dedicatory by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Dedicatory by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Beauty is One. But that so equal gold,Run in the apt and kindly differenceOf each receptive and significant sense,Configures to our many-minded mould.Therefore, oh Love, though I ...

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Tommy’s Dead by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Tommy’s Dead by Sydney Thompson Dobell

YOU may give over plough, boys, You may take the gear to the stead, All the sweat o' your brow, boys, Will never get beer and bread. The seed's waste, I know, boys, There's not a ...

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The Widow’s Lullaby by Sydney Thompson Dobell

The Widow’s Lullaby by Sydney Thompson Dobell

She droops like a dew-dropping lily,'Whisht thee, boy, whisht thee, boy Willie!Whisht whisht o' thy wailing, whisht thee, boy Willie!'The sun comes up from the lea,As he who will ...

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Farewell by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Farewell by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Can I see thee standOn the looming land?Dost thou wave with thy white handFarewell, farewell?I could think that thou art near,Thy sweet voice is in mine ear,Farewell, ...

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The Sodger’s Lassie by Sydney Thompson Dobell

The Sodger’s Lassie by Sydney Thompson Dobell

A'the toun is to the dounPuin' o' the blaeberrie.Ab's gane, Rab's gane,Aggie's gane, Maggie's gane,A' the toun is to the doun,An's left the house to wae and me.Heigho the ...

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To An American Embassy by Sydney Thompson Dobell

To An American Embassy by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Written At Florence, 1866:Since Sovereign Nature, at the happy best,Is rightful and sole paragon of Art,Who, tho' she but in part, and part by part,Paints, carves, or sings the ...

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To Tochterchen: On Her Birthday by Sydney Thompson Dobell

To Tochterchen: On Her Birthday by Sydney Thompson Dobell

As one doth touch a flower wherein the dewTrembles to fall, as one unplaits the plyOf morning gossamer, so tenderlyMy spirit touches thine. Yet, daughter trueAnd fair, great ...

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Love And Beauty: Iii: To A Fair Woman, Unsatisfied With Woman’s Work by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Love And Beauty: Iii: To A Fair Woman, Unsatisfied With Woman’s Work by Sydney Thompson Dobell

If Beauty is a name for visible Love,And Love for Beauty in the conscious soul,Which when commoving to its highest whole,Or making that whole part of wholes aboveItself, feels, ...

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A Chanted Calendar by Sydney Thompson Dobell

A Chanted Calendar by Sydney Thompson Dobell

FIRST came the primrose,On the bank high,Like a maiden looking forthFrom the window of a towerWhen the battle rolls below,So look'd she,And saw the storms go by.Then came the ...

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The Harps Of Heaven by Sydney Thompson Dobell

The Harps Of Heaven by Sydney Thompson Dobell

On a solemn dayI clomb the shining bulwark of the skies:Not by the beaten way,But climbing by a prayer,That like a golden thread hung by the giddy stairFleck'd on the immemorial ...

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Wind by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Wind by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Oh the wold, the wold,Oh the wold, the wold!Oh the winter stark,Oh the level dark,On the wold, the wold, the wold!Oh the wold, the wold,Oh the wold, the wold!Oh the mysteryOf the ...

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Keith Of Ravelston by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Keith Of Ravelston by Sydney Thompson Dobell

The murmur of the mourning ghostThat keeps the shadowy kine,'O Keith of Ravelston,The sorrows of thy line!'Ravelston, Ravelston,The merry path that leadsDown the golden morning ...

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The Orphan’s Song by Sydney Thompson Dobell

The Orphan’s Song by Sydney Thompson Dobell

I had a little bird,I took it from the nest;I prest it, and blest it,And nurst it in my breast.I set it on the ground,I danced round and round,And sang about it so cheerly,With ...

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The Young Man’s Song by Sydney Thompson Dobell

The Young Man’s Song by Sydney Thompson Dobell

At last the curse has run its date!The heavens grow clear above,And on the purple plains of Hate,We'll build the throne of Love!One great heroic reign divineShall mock the Elysian ...

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Snowdrops by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Snowdrops by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Have you heard the Snowdrops ringingTheir bells to themselves?Smaller and whiter than the singingOf any fairy elvesWho follow Mab their QueenWhen she is wingingOn a moth across ...

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Crazed by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Crazed by Sydney Thompson Dobell

'The Spring again hath started on the courseWherein she seeketh Summer thro' the Earth.I will arise and go upon my way.It may be that the leaves of Autumn hidHis footsteps from ...

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Love And Beauty: Ii: To The Same by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Love And Beauty: Ii: To The Same by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Oh Soul! that this fair flower dost so mirrour,Ask of thyself, saying-'Soul beautiful,Oh Soul-in-love, oh happy, happy Soul,That wert so dull and poor, and this sweet hourArt so ...

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A Health To The Queen by Sydney Thompson Dobell

A Health To The Queen by Sydney Thompson Dobell

While the thistle bearsSpears,And the shamrock is green,And the English roseBlows,A health to the Queen!A health to the Queen, a health to the Queen!Fill high, boys, drain dry, ...

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Warning by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Warning by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Virtue is Virtue, writ in ink or blood.And Duty, Honour, Valour, are the sameWhether they cheer the thundering steps of FameUp echoing hills of Alma, or, more blest,Walk with her ...

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Lady Constance by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Lady Constance by Sydney Thompson Dobell

My Love, my Lord,I think the toil of glorious day is done.I see thee leaning on thy jewelled sword,And a light-hearted child of FranceIs dancing to thee in the sun,And thus he ...

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L’Avenir by Sydney Thompson Dobell

L’Avenir by Sydney Thompson Dobell

I saw the human millions as the sandUnruffled on the starlit wilderness.The day was near, and every star grew lessIn universal dawn. Then woke a bandOf wheeling winds, and made a ...

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Dante, Shakespeare, Milton – From by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Dante, Shakespeare, Milton – From by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Doctor. Ah! thou, too, Sad Alighieri, like a waning moon Setting in storm behind a grove of bays! Balder. Yes, the great Florentine, who wove his web And thrust it ...

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When The Rain Is On The Roof by Sydney Thompson Dobell

When The Rain Is On The Roof by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Lord, I am poor, and know not how to speak,But since Thou art so great,Thou needest not that I should speak to Thee well.All angels speak unto Thee well.Lord, Thou hast all ...

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Sea Ballad – From by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Sea Ballad – From by Sydney Thompson Dobell

“HOW many?” said our good Captain. “Twenty sail and more.” We were homeward bound, Scudding in a gale with our jib towards the Nore. Right athwart our tack, The foe came ...

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Under Especial Blessing by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Under Especial Blessing by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Lord Christ, Lord Christ, ah for a little spaceTurn hence. Some day, when I again am lowIn the new dust of whatsoever blowTime hath in license, from Thy perfect placeOh let the ...

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The Snowdrop In The Snow by Sydney Thompson Dobell

The Snowdrop In The Snow by Sydney Thompson Dobell

O full of Faith! The Earth is rock,-the HeavenThe dome of a great palace all of ice,Russ-built. Dull light distils through frozen skiesThickened and gross. Cold Fancy droops her ...

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Jerusalem by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Jerusalem by Sydney Thompson Dobell

If God so raise the Dead, shall He pass byThe Captive and the immemorable chain?Fud(ce)a capta!-taken but not slain-And cursèd not to die-ah, not to die?Then come out of thine ...

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Home In War-Time by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Home In War-Time by Sydney Thompson Dobell

SHE turn’d the fair page with her fairer hand— More fair and frail than it was wont to be— O’er each remember’d thing he lov’d to see She linger’d, and as with a fairy’s wand ...

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On A Recently Finished Statue by Sydney Thompson Dobell

On A Recently Finished Statue by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Said Sculptor to immaculate marble-'ShowThine essence; into necessary spaceMost pure describe thine unshaped Purity!'And lo this Image! As a bubble blown,Swiftly her charms, ...

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Fragment Of A Sleep-Song by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Fragment Of A Sleep-Song by Sydney Thompson Dobell

SISTER Simplicitie, Sing, sing a song to me, Sing me to sleep. Some legend low and long, Slow as the summer song Of the dull Deep. Some legend long and low, Whose equal ebb ...

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Grass From The Battle-Field by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Grass From The Battle-Field by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Small sheafOf withered grass, that hast not yet revealedThy story, lo! I see thee once more greenAnd growing on the battle-field,On that last day that ever thou didst grow!I look ...

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Desolate by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Desolate by Sydney Thompson Dobell

From the sad eaves the drip-drop of the rain!The water washing at the latchel door;A slow step plashing by upon the moor;A single bleat far from the famished fold;The clicking of ...

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Return! by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Return! by Sydney Thompson Dobell

RETURN, return! all night my lamp is burning,All night, like it, my wide eyes watch and burn;Like it, I fade and pale, when day returningBears witness that the absent can return, ...

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Perhaps by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Perhaps by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Ten heads and twenty hearts! so that this me,Having more room and verge, and striking lessThe cage that galls us into consciousness,Might drown the rings and ripples of to beIn ...

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Fragment Of Ballad by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Fragment Of Ballad by Sydney Thompson Dobell

How shall I sing? the thing I craveTo say is speechless as a Lover's trance.How shall I give to theeWhat even now is all so wholly thineThat but by losing thee in meOr me in thee ...

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In War-Time: A Prayer Of The Understanding by Sydney Thompson Dobell

In War-Time: A Prayer Of The Understanding by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Lo, this is night. Hast thou, oh sun, refusedThy countenance, or is thy golden armShortened, or from thy shining place in heavenArt thou put down and lost? Neither hast ...

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Esse Et Posse by Sydney Thompson Dobell

Esse Et Posse by Sydney Thompson Dobell

The groan of fallen Hosts; a torrid glareOf cities; battle-cries of Right and WrongWhere armies shout to rocking fleets that roarOn thundering oceans to the thundering shore,And ...

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