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The Scout Toward Aldie by Herman Melville

The Scout Toward Aldie by Herman Melville

The cavalry-camp lies on the slope Of what was late a vernal hill, But now like a pavement bare- An outpost in the perilous wilds Which ever are lone and still; But Mosby's ...

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On The Grave Of A Young Cavalry Officer Killed In The Valley Of Virginia by Herman Melville

On The Grave Of A Young Cavalry Officer Killed In The Valley Of Virginia by Herman Melville

Beauty and youth, with manners sweet, and friends-- Gold, yet a mind not unenriched had he Whom here low violets veil from eyes. But all these gifts transcended be: His ...

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An Uninscribed Monument On One Of The Battle-Fields Of The Wilderness by Herman Melville

An Uninscribed Monument On One Of The Battle-Fields Of The Wilderness by Herman Melville

Silence and solitude may hint (Whose home is in yon piney wood) What I, though tableted, could never tell-- The din which here befell, And striving of the multitude. The iron ...

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The Maldive Shark by Herman Melville

The Maldive Shark by Herman Melville

About the Shark, phlegmatical one,Pale sot of the Maldive sea,The sleek little pilot-fish, azure and slim,How alert in attendance be.From his saw-pit of mouth, from his charnel of ...

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From The Conflict Of Convictions by Herman Melville

From The Conflict Of Convictions by Herman Melville

1860-1The Ancient of Days forever is young,Forever the scheme of Nature thrives;I know a wind in purpose strong--It spins _against_ the way it drives.What if the gulfs their ...

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Gettysburg by Herman Melville

Gettysburg by Herman Melville

O Pride of the days in prime of the monthsNow trebled in great renown,When before the ark of our holy cause Fell Dagon down-Dagon foredoomed, who, armed and targed,Never his ...

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Misgivings by Herman Melville

Misgivings by Herman Melville

When ocean-clouds over inland hills Sweep storming in late autumn brown, And horror the sodden valley fills, And the spire falls crashing in the town, I muse upon my country's ...

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On The Slain Collegians by Herman Melville

On The Slain Collegians by Herman Melville

Youth is the time when hearts are large,And stirring warsAppeal to the spirit which appeals in turnTo the blade it draws.If woman incite, and duty show(Though made the mask of ...

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Commemorative Of A Naval Victory by Herman Melville

Commemorative Of A Naval Victory by Herman Melville

Sailors there are of the gentlest breed,Yet strong, like every goodly thing;The discipline of arms refines,And the wave gives tempering.The damasked blade its beam can fling;It ...

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The Martyr by Herman Melville

The Martyr by Herman Melville

(Indicative of the Passion of the Peopleon the 15th Day of April, 1865)* * *Good Friday was the dayOf the prodigy and crime,When they killed him in his pity,When they killed him ...

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Ball’s Bluff: A Reverie by Herman Melville

Ball’s Bluff: A Reverie by Herman Melville

One noonday, at my window in the town,I saw a sight - saddest that eyes can see -Young soldiers marching lustilyUnto the wars,With fifes, and flags in mottoed pageantry;While all ...

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Shiloh – A Requiem by Herman Melville

Shiloh – A Requiem by Herman Melville

Skimming lightly, wheeling still,The swallows fly lowOver the field in clouded days,The forest-field of Shiloh --Over the field where April rainSolaced the parched one stretched ...

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Aurora Borealis by Herman Melville

Aurora Borealis by Herman Melville

_Commemorative of the Dissolution of armies at the Peace_May, 1865What power disbands the Northern LightsAfter their steely play?The lonely watcher feels an aweOf Nature's sway,As ...

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Gold In The Mountain by Herman Melville

Gold In The Mountain by Herman Melville

Gold in the mountain,And gold in the glen,And greed in the heart,Heaven having no part,And unsatisfied men.

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America by Herman Melville

America by Herman Melville

IWhere the wings of a sunny Dome expandI saw a Banner in gladsome air-Starry, like Berenice's Hair-Afloat in broadened bravery there; With undulating long-drawn flow,As rolled ...

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The Mound By The Lake by Herman Melville

The Mound By The Lake by Herman Melville

The grass shall never forget this grave.When homeward footing it in the sunAfter the weary ride by rail,The stripling soldiers passed her door,Wounded perchance, or wan and ...

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Dirge by Herman Melville

Dirge by Herman Melville

We drop our dead in the sea,The bottomless, bottomless sea;Each bubble a hollow sigh,As it sinks forever and aye.We drop our dead in the sea,--The dead reek not of aught;We drop ...

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Healed Of My Hurt by Herman Melville

Healed Of My Hurt by Herman Melville

Healed of my hurt, I laud the inhuman Sea- Yea, bless the Angels Four that there convene; For healed I am even by the pitiless breath Distilled in wholesome dew named rosmarine.

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The Enthusiast by Herman Melville

The Enthusiast by Herman Melville

"Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him"Shall hearts that beat no base retreatIn youth's magnanimous years - Ignoble hold it, if discreetWhen interest tames to fears;Shall ...

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A Requiem by Herman Melville

A Requiem by Herman Melville

_For Soldiers lost in Ocean Transports_When, after storms that woodlands rue,To valleys comes atoning dawn,The robins blithe their orchard-sports renew;And meadow-larks, no more ...

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Chattanooga by Herman Melville

Chattanooga by Herman Melville

November, 1863A kindling impulse seized the hostInspired by heaven's elastic air;Their hearts outran their General's plan,Though Grant commanded there--Grant, who without reserve ...

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We Fish by Herman Melville

We Fish by Herman Melville

We fish, we fish, we merrily swim,We care not for friend nor for foe.Our fins are stout,Our tails are out,As through the seas we go.Fish, Fish, we are fish with red gills;Naught ...

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The New Zealot To The Sun by Herman Melville

The New Zealot To The Sun by Herman Melville

Persian, you riseAflame from climes of sacrificeWhere adulators sue,And prostrate man, with brow abased,Adheres to rites whose tenor tracedAll worship hitherto.Arch type of ...

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Dupont’s Round Fight (November, 1861) by Herman Melville

Dupont’s Round Fight (November, 1861) by Herman Melville

In time and measure perfect moves All Art whose aim is sure; Evolving rhyme and stars divine Have rules, and they endure. Nor less the Fleet that warred for Right, And, warring ...

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A Utilitarian View Of The Monitor’s Fight by Herman Melville

A Utilitarian View Of The Monitor’s Fight by Herman Melville

Plain be the phrase, yet apt the verse,More ponderous than nimble;For since grimed War here laid asideHis painted pomp, 'twould ill befitOvermuch to plyThe rhyme's barbaric ...

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A Meditation by Herman Melville

A Meditation by Herman Melville

How often in the years that close,When truce had stilled the sieging gun,The soldiers, mounting on their works,With mutual curious glance have runFrom face to face along the ...

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Formerly A Slave by Herman Melville

Formerly A Slave by Herman Melville

The sufferance of her race is shown,And retrospect of life,Which now too late deliverance dawns upon;Yet is she not at strife.Her children's children they shall knowThe good ...

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The Portent by Herman Melville

The Portent by Herman Melville

Hanging from the beam, Slowly swaying (such the law), Gaunt the shadow on the green, Shenandoah! The cut is on the crown (Lo, John Brown), And the stabs shall heal no more. Hidden ...

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The Tuft Of Kelp by Herman Melville

The Tuft Of Kelp by Herman Melville

All dripping in tangles green,Cast up by a lonely seaIf purer for that, O Weed,Bitterer, too, are ye?

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Greek Architecture by Herman Melville

Greek Architecture by Herman Melville

Not magnitude, not lavishness, But Form—the Site; Not innovating wilfulness, But reverence for the Archetype.

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Crossing The Tropics by Herman Melville

Crossing The Tropics by Herman Melville

From 'The Saya-y-Manto.'While now the Pole Star sinks from sightThe Southern Cross it climbs the sky;But losing thee, my love, my light,O bride but for one bridal night,The loss ...

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Epilogue by Herman Melville

Epilogue by Herman Melville

_If Luther's day expand to Darwin's year,__Shall that exclude the hope--foreclose the fear?_Unmoved by all the claims our times avow,The ancient Sphinx still keeps the porch ...

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The Victor Of Antietam by Herman Melville

The Victor Of Antietam by Herman Melville

When tempest winnowed grain from bran;And men were looking for a man,Authority called you to the van,McClellan:Along the line the plaudit ran,As later when Antietam's cheers ...

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The Swamp Angel by Herman Melville

The Swamp Angel by Herman Melville

There is a coal-black AngelWith a thick Afric lip,And he dwells (like the hunted and harried)In a swamp where the green frogs dip.But his face is against a CityWhich is over a bay ...

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Fragments Of A Lost Gnostic Poem Of The Twelfth Century by Herman Melville

Fragments Of A Lost Gnostic Poem Of The Twelfth Century by Herman Melville

Found a family, build a state,The pledged event is still the same:Matter in end will never abateHis ancient brutal claim.Indolence is heaven’s ally here,And energy the child of ...

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Shelley’s Vision by Herman Melville

Shelley’s Vision by Herman Melville

Wandering late by morning seasWhen my heart with pain was low--Hate the censor pelted me--Deject I saw my shadow go.In elf-caprice of bitter toneI too would pelt the pelted one:At ...

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The Night March by Herman Melville

The Night March by Herman Melville

With banners furled and clarions mute,An army passes in the night;And beaming spears and helms saluteThe dark with bright.In silence deep the legions stream,With open ranks, in ...

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Immolated by Herman Melville

Immolated by Herman Melville

Children of my happier prime,When One yet lived with me, and threwHer rainbow over life and time,Even Hope, my bride, and mother to you!O, nurtured in sweet pastoral air,And fed ...

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The House-Top by Herman Melville

The House-Top by Herman Melville

No sleep. The sultriness pervades the airAnd blinds the brain-a dense oppression, suchAs tawny tigers feel in matted shades,Vexing their blood and making apt for ravage.Beneath ...

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Pebbles by Herman Melville

Pebbles by Herman Melville

IThough the Clerk of the Weather insist,And lay down the weather-law,Pintado and gannet they wistThat the winds blow whither they listIn tempest or flaw.IIOld are the creeds, but ...

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On The Photograph Of A Corps Commander by Herman Melville

On The Photograph Of A Corps Commander by Herman Melville

Ay, man is manly. Here you seeThe warrior-carriage of the head,And brave dilation of the frame;And lighting all, the soul that ledIn Spottsylvania's charge to victory,Which ...

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The Ravaged Villa by Herman Melville

The Ravaged Villa by Herman Melville

In shards the sylvan vases lie,Their links of dance undone,And brambles wither by thy brim,Choked fountain of the sun!The spider in the laurel spins,The weed exiles the ...

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The Released Rebel Prisoner by Herman Melville

The Released Rebel Prisoner by Herman Melville

June, 1865Armies he's seen--the herds of war,But never such swarms of menAs now in the Nineveh of the North--How mad the Rebellion then!And yet but dimly he divinesThe depth of ...

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Rebel Color-Bearers At Shiloh by Herman Melville

Rebel Color-Bearers At Shiloh by Herman Melville

_A plea against the vindictive cry raised by civiliansshortly after the surrender at Appomattox_The color-bearers facing deathWhite in the whirling sulphurous wreath,Stand boldly ...

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Malvern Hill by Herman Melville

Malvern Hill by Herman Melville

Ye elms that wave on Malvern HillIn prime of morn and May,Recall ye how McClellan's menHere stood at bay?While deep within yon forest dimOur rigid comrades lay - Some with the ...

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The Figure-Head by Herman Melville

The Figure-Head by Herman Melville

The _Charles-and-Emma_ seaward sped,(Named from the carven pair at prow,)He so smart, and a curly head,She tricked forth as a bride knows how:Pretty stem for the port, I trow!But ...

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Sheridan At Cedar Creek by Herman Melville

Sheridan At Cedar Creek by Herman Melville

(October, 1864)Shoe the steed with silverThat bore him to the fray,When he heard the guns at dawning-Miles away;When he heard them calling, calling-Mount! nor stay:Quick, or all ...

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Far Off-Shore by Herman Melville

Far Off-Shore by Herman Melville

Look, the raft, a signal flying,Thin--a shred;None upon the lashed spars lying,Quick or dead.Cries the sea-fowl, hovering over,'Crew, the crew?'And the billow, reckless, ...

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The Stone Fleet by Herman Melville

The Stone Fleet by Herman Melville

I have a feeling for those ships,Each worn and ancient one,With great bluff bows, and broad in the beam:Ay, it was unkindly done.But so they serve the Obsolete-Even so, Stone ...

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The Land Of Love by Herman Melville

The Land Of Love by Herman Melville

Hail! voyagers, hail!Whence e'er ye come, where'er ye rove,No calmer strand,No sweeter land,Will e'er ye view, than the Land of Love!Hail! voyagers, hail!To these, our shores, ...

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