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Of Love

Robert Herrick

How Love came in, I do not know, Whether by th’ eye, or eare, or no: Or whether with the soule it came (At first) infused with the same: Whether in part ‘tis here or there, Or, like the ... [+]

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Delight in Disorder

Robert Herrick

A sweet disorder in the dress Kindles in clothes a wantonness; A lawn about the shoulders thrown Into a fine distraction; An erring lace, which here and there Enthrals the crimson stomacher; A ... [+]

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On His Blindness

John Milton

When I consider how my light is spent Ere half my days in this dark world and wide, And that one talent which is death to hide Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent To serve therewith ... [+]

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Lycidas

John Milton

Yet once more, O ye Laurels, and once more Ye Myrtles brown, with Ivy never-sear, I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude, And with forc'd fingers rude Shatter your leaves before the ... [+]

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L'Allegro

John Milton

Hence loathed Melancholy, Of Cerberus, and blackest midnight born, In Stygian Cave forlorn, 'Mongst horrid shapes, and shrieks, and sights unholy, Find out some uncouth cell, Where brooding ... [+]

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Il Penseroso

John Milton

Hence vain deluding Joys, The brood of Folly without father bred, How little you bested, Or fill the fixed mind with all your toys; Dwell in some idle brain, And fancies fond with gaudy shapes ... [+]

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The Canonization

John Donne

For God's sake hold your tongue, and let me love, Or chide my palsy, or my gout, My five grey hairs, or ruin'd fortune flout, With wealth your state, your mind with arts improve, Take you a ... [+]

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Death, Be Not Proud

John Donne

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me. From ... [+]

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To a Mouse

Robert Burns

On Turning up in Her Nest with the Plough, November, 1785
Little, artful, cowering, timid beast, Oh, what a panic is in your heart! You need not start away so hasty With bickering prattle! I ... [+]