William Morris
Winter’s Day by William Morris

Winter’s Day by William Morris

I am Winter, that do keepLonging safe amidst of sleep:Who shall say if I were deadWhat should be remembered?

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A Death Song by William Morris

A Death Song by William Morris

What cometh here from west to east awending?And who are these, the marchers stern and slow?We bear the message that the rich are sendingAback to those who bade them wake and ...

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Garden By The Sea by William Morris

Garden By The Sea by William Morris

I KNOW a little garden-close, Set thick with lily and red rose, Where I would wander if I might From dewy morn to dewy night, And have one with me wandering. And though within it ...

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Good Knight In Prison by William Morris

Good Knight In Prison by William Morris

Wearily, drearily, Half the day long, Flap the great banners High over the stone; Strangely and eerily Sounds the wind's song, Bending the banner-poles. While, all alone, ...

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The Haystack In The Floods by William Morris

The Haystack In The Floods by William Morris

Had she come all the way for this,To part at last without a kiss?Yea, had she borne the dirt and rainThat her own eyes might see him slainBeside the haystack in the floods?Along ...

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Iceland First Seen by William Morris

Iceland First Seen by William Morris

Lo from our loitering ship a new land at last to be seen;Toothed rocks down the side of the firth on the east guard a weary wide lea,And black slope the hillsides above, striped ...

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Winter by William Morris

Winter by William Morris

I am Winter, that do keepLonging safe amidst of sleep:Who shall say if I were deadWhat should be remembered?

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Autumn by William Morris

Autumn by William Morris

Laden Autumn here I standWorn of heart, and weak of hand:Nought but rest seems good to me,Speak the word that sets me free.

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Drawing Near The Light by William Morris

Drawing Near The Light by William Morris

Lo, when we wade the tangled wood,In haste and hurry to be there,Nought seem its leaves and blossoms good,For all that they be fashioned fair.But looking up, at last we seeThe ...

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Love Is Enough by William Morris

Love Is Enough by William Morris

LOVE is enough: though the World be a-waning, And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining, Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover The gold-cups and ...

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In Prison by William Morris

In Prison by William Morris

Wearily, drearily,Half the day long,Flap the great bannersHigh over the stone;Strangely and eerilySounds the wind's song,Bending the banner-poles.While, all alone,Watching the ...

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Mine And Thine by William Morris

Mine And Thine by William Morris

Two words about the world we see, And nought but Mine and Thine they be. Ah! might we drive them forth and wide With us should rest and peace abide; All free, nought owned of ...

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Riding Together by William Morris

Riding Together by William Morris

For many, many days togetherThe wind blew steady from the East;For many days hot grew the weather,About the time of our Lady's Feast.For many days we rode together,Yet met we ...

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Sad-Eyed And Soft And Grey by William Morris

Sad-Eyed And Soft And Grey by William Morris

Sad-Eyed and soft and grey thou art, o morn!Across the long grass of the marshy plainThy west wind whispers of the coming rain,Thy lark forgets that May is grown forlornAbove the ...

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In Arthur’s House by William Morris

In Arthur’s House by William Morris

In Arthur's house whileome was IWhen happily the time went byIn midmost glory of his days.He held his court then in a placeWhereof ye shall not find the nameIn any story of his ...

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Atalanta’s Race by William Morris

Atalanta’s Race by William Morris

Through thick Arcadian woods a hunter went, Following the beasts upon a fresh spring day; But since his horn-tipped bow but seldom bent, Now at the noontide nought had happed to ...

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A Death Song by William Morris

A Death Song by William Morris

What cometh here from west to east awending?And who are these, the marchers stern and slow?We bear the message that the rich are sendingAback to those who bade them wake and ...

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A Good Knight In Prison by William Morris

A Good Knight In Prison by William Morris

Wearily, drearily, Half the day long, Flap the great banners High over the stone; Strangely and eerily Sounds the wind's song, Bending the banner-poles. While, all alone, ...

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Echoes Of Love’s House by William Morris

Echoes Of Love’s House by William Morris

Love gives every gift whereby we long to live“Love takes every gift, and nothing back doth give.”Love unlocks the lips that else were ever dumb:“Love locks up the lips whence all ...

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Summer by William Morris

Summer by William Morris

Summer looked for long am I:Much shall change or e'er I die.Prithee take it not amissThough I weary thee with bliss.

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Flora by William Morris

Flora by William Morris

am the handmaid of the earth,I broider fair her glorious gown,And deck her on her days of mirthWith many a garland of renown.And while Earth's little ones are fainAnd play about ...

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King Arthur’s Tomb by William Morris

King Arthur’s Tomb by William Morris

Hot August noon: already on that daySince sunrise through the Wiltshire downs, most sadOf mouth and eye, he had gone leagues of way;Ay and by night, till whether good or badHe ...

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Earth The Healer, Earth The Keeper by William Morris

Earth The Healer, Earth The Keeper by William Morris

So swift the hours are movingUnto the time unproved:Farewell my love unloving,Farewell my love beloved!What! are we not glad-hearted?Is there no deed to do?Is not all fear ...

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All For The Cause by William Morris

All For The Cause by William Morris

Hear a word, a word in season,for the day is drawing nigh,When the Cause shall call upon us,some to live, and some to die!He that dies shall not die lonely,many an one hath gone ...

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March by William Morris

March by William Morris

Slayer of the winter, art thou here again?O welcome, thou that's bring'st the summer nigh!The bitter wind makes not thy victory vain,Nor will we mock thee for thy faint blue ...

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Shameful Death by William Morris

Shameful Death by William Morris

There were four of us about that bed;The mass-priest knelt at the side,I and his mother stood at the head,Over his feet lay the bride;We were quite sure that he was dead,Though ...

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For The Briar-Rose by William Morris

For The Briar-Rose by William Morris

The Briarwood.The fateful slumber floats and flowsAbout the tangle of the rose;But lo! the fated hand and heartTo rend the slumberous curse apart!The Council Room.The threat of ...

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Hope Dieth: Hope Liveth by William Morris

Hope Dieth: Hope Liveth by William Morris

Strong are thine arms, O love, & strongThine heart to live, and love, and long;But thou art wed to grief and wrong:Live, then, and long, though hope be dead!Live on, & labour ...

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For The Bed At Kelmscott by William Morris

For The Bed At Kelmscott by William Morris

The wind's on the woldAnd the night is a-cold,And Thames runs chill'Twixt mead and hill.But kind and dearIs the old house hereAnd my heart is warm'Midst winter's harm.Rest then ...

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Night by William Morris

Night by William Morris

I am Night: I bring againHope of pleasure, rest from pain:Thoughts unsaid 'twixt Life and DeathMy fruitful silence quickeneth.

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Pomona by William Morris

Pomona by William Morris

I am the ancient apple-queen,As once I was so am I now.For evermore a hope unseen,Betwixt the blossom and the bough.Ah, where's the river's hidden Gold!And where the windy grave ...

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Sir Giles’ War-Song by William Morris

Sir Giles’ War-Song by William Morris

Ho! is there any will ride with me,Sir Giles, le bon des barrieres?The clink of arms is good to hear,The flap of pennons fair to see;Ho! is there any will ride with me,Sir Giles, ...

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Goldilocks And Goldilocks by William Morris

Goldilocks And Goldilocks by William Morris

It was Goldilocks woke up in the mornAt the first of the shearing of the corn.There stood his mother on the hearthAnd of new-leased wheat was little dearth.There stood his sisters ...

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A Garden By The Sea by William Morris

A Garden By The Sea by William Morris

I KNOW a little garden-close, Set thick with lily and red rose, Where I would wander if I might From dewy morn to dewy night, And have one with me wandering. And though within it ...

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Love Fulfilled by William Morris

Love Fulfilled by William Morris

Hast thou longed through weary daysFor the sight of one loved face?Mast thou cried aloud for rest,Mid the pain of sundering hours;Cried aloud for sleep and death,Since the sweet ...

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Love Is Enough: Songs I-Ix by William Morris

Love Is Enough: Songs I-Ix by William Morris

I1. Love is enough: though the World be a-waning. And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,. Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover. ...

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Love’s Gleaning Tide by William Morris

Love’s Gleaning Tide by William Morris

Draw not away thy hands, my love,With wind alone the branches move,And though the leaves be scant aboveThe Autumn shall not shame us.Say; Let the world wax cold and drear,What is ...

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Spring by William Morris

Spring by William Morris

Spring am I, too soft of heartMuch to speak ere I depart:Ask the Summer-tide to proveThe abundance of my love.

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Hildebrand And Hellelil by William Morris

Hildebrand And Hellelil by William Morris

TRANSLATED FROM THE DANISH.Hellelil sitteth in bower there,None knows my grief but God alone,And seweth at the seam so fair,I never wail my sorrow to any other one.But there ...

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The Defence Of Guenevere by William Morris

The Defence Of Guenevere by William Morris

But, learning now that they would have her speak,She threw her wet hair backward from her brow,Her hand close to her mouth touching her cheek, As though she had had there a ...

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Gunnar’s Howe Above The House At Lithend by William Morris

Gunnar’s Howe Above The House At Lithend by William Morris

Ye who have come o’er the seato behold this grey minster of lands,Whose floor is the tomb of time past,and whose walls by the toil of dead handsShow pictures amidst of the ruinof ...

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Near Avalon by William Morris

Near Avalon by William Morris

A ship with shields before the sun,Six maidens round the mast,A red-gold crown on every one,A green gown on the last.The fluttering green banners thereAre wrought with ladies' ...

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The Nymph’s Song To Hylas by William Morris

The Nymph’s Song To Hylas by William Morris

I KNOW a little garden-close Set thick with lily and red rose, Where I would wander if I might From dewy dawn to dewy night, And have one with me wandering. And though within it ...

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Near But Far Away by William Morris

Near But Far Away by William Morris

She wavered, stopped and turned, methought her eyes, The deep grey windows of her heart, were wet, Methought they softened with a new regret To note in mine unspoken miseries, And ...

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The Earthly Paradise: The Lady Of The Land by William Morris

The Earthly Paradise: The Lady Of The Land by William Morris

The ArgumentA certain man having landed on an island in the Greek sea, found there a beautifuldamsel, whom he would fain have delivered from a strange & dreadful doom, butfailing ...

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Error And Loss by William Morris

Error And Loss by William Morris

Upon an eve I sat me down and wept,Because the world to me seemed nowise good;Still autumn was it, & the meadows slept,The misty hills dreamed, and the silent woodSeemed listening ...

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Summer Dawn by William Morris

Summer Dawn by William Morris

Pray but one prayer for me 'twixt thy closed lips, Think but one thought of me up in the stars. The summer night waneth, the morning light slips, Faint and grey 'twixt the leaves ...

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Our Hands Have Met by William Morris

Our Hands Have Met by William Morris

Our hands have met, our lips have metOur souls - who knows when the wind blowsHow light souls drift mid longings set,If thou forget'st, can I forgetThe time that was not long ...

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The Earthly Paradise: Apology by William Morris

The Earthly Paradise: Apology by William Morris

Of Heaven or Hell I have no power to sing, I cannot ease the burden of your fears, Or make quick-coming death a little thing, Or bring again the pleasure of past years, ...

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Sir Galahad, A Christmas Mystery by William Morris

Sir Galahad, A Christmas Mystery by William Morris

It is the longest night in all the year,Near on the day when the Lord Christ was born;Six hours ago I came and sat down here,And ponder'd sadly, wearied and forlorn.The winter ...

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