Richard Gilder

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Richard Gilder

What is a Sonnet? 'Tis the pearly shell
That murmurs of the far-off, murmuring sea;
A precious jewel carved most curiously;
It is a little picture painted well.
What is a Sonnet? 'Tis the tear that fell
From a great poet's hidden ecstasy;
A two-edged sword, a star, a song--ah me!
Sometimes a heavy tolling funeral bell.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Now you who rhyme, and I who rhyme,
Have not we sworn it, many a time,
That we no more our verse would scrawl,
For Shakespeare he had said it all!More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Since ancient Time began,
Ever on some great soul God laid an infinite burden--
The weight of all this world, the hopes of man,
Conflict and pain, and fame immortal are his guerdon.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
"Whose name was writ in water!" What large laughter
Among the immortals when that word was brought!
Then when his fiery spirit rose flaming after,
High toward the topmost heaven of heavens up-caught!
"All hail! our younger brother!" Shakespeare said,
And Dante nodded his imperial head.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My name may have buoyancy enough to float upon the sea of time.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am the laughter of the new-born child
On whose soft-breathing sleep an angel smiled.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Oh, father's gone to market-town, he was up before the day,
And Jamie's after robins, and the man is making hay,
And whistling down the hollow goes the boy that minds the mill,
While mother from the kitchen door is calling with a will,
"Polly!--Polly!--The cows are in the corn!
Oh, where's Polly?"More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We lean on Faith; and some less wise have cried,
"Behold the butterfly, the see that's cast!"
Vain hopes that fall like flowers before the blast!
What man can look on Death unterrified?More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The smile of her I love is like the dawn
Whose touch makes Menmon sing:
O see where wide the golden sunlight flows--
The barren desert blossoms as the rose!More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Fra Lippo, we have learned from thee
A lesson of humanity:
To every mother's heart forlorn,
In every house the Christ is born.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What babe new born is this that in a manger cries?
Near on her lowly bed his happy mother lies.
Oh, see the air is shaken with white and heavenly wings--
This is the Lord of all the earth, this is the King of Kings.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Stream of the living world
Where dash the billows of strife!--
One plunge in the mighty torrent
Is a year of tamer life!
City of glorious days,
Of hope, and labour and mirth,
With room and to spare, on thy splendid bays
For the ships of all the earth!More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Against the darkness outer
God's light his likeness takes,
And he from the mighty doubter
The great believer makes.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am the spirit of the morning sea,
I am the awakening and the glad surprise.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Give me a theme," the little poet cried, "And I will do my part," "'Tis not a theme you need," the world replied; "You need a heart.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Fra Lippo, we have learned from thee A lesson of humanity: To every mother's heart forlorn, In every house the Christ is born.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What babe new born is this that in a manger cries? Near on her lowly bed his happy mother lies. Oh, see the air is shaken with white and heavenly wings-- This is the Lord of all the earth, this is the King of Kings.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We lean on Faith; and some less wise have cried, "Behold the butterfly, the see that's cast!" Vain hopes that fall like flowers before the blast! What man can look on Death unterrified?More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Against the darkness outer God's light his likeness takes, And he from the mighty doubter The great believer makes.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Oh, father's gone to market-town, he was up before the day,
And Jamie's after robins, and the man is making hay,
And whistling down the hollow goes the boy that minds the mill,
While mother from the kitchen door is calling with a will,
"Polly!-Polly!-
The cows are in the corn!
Oh, where's Polly?"More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen, Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Knights of the spirit; warriors in the cause Of justice absolute 'twixt man and man.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am the laughter of the new-born child On whose soft-breathing sleep an angel smiled.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What if thou be saint or sinner,
Crooked gray-beard, straight beginner,--
Empty paunch, or jolly dinner,
When Death thee shall call.
All like are rich or richer,
King with crown, and cross-legged stitcher,
When the grave hides all.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In the embers shining bright
A garden grows for thy delight,
With roses yellow, red, and white.
But, O my child, beware, beware!
Touch not the roses growing there,
For every rose a thorn doth bear.More Richard Gilder [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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