Sadness Poems (11033 Poems)

    The Iliad: Book 1 (Homer Poems)

    Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that broughtcountless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it sendhurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogsand vultures, for so … Continue reading

    Orlando Furioso Canto 4 (Ludovico Ariosto Poems)

    ARGUMENTThe old Atlantes suffers fatal wreck,Foiled by the ring, and young Rogero freed,Who soars in air till he appears a speck,Mounted upon the wizard’s winged steed.Obediant to the royal Charles’s beck,He who had followed Love’s imperious lead,Rinaldo, disembarks on British … Continue reading

    Fitz Adam’s Story (James Russell Lowell Poems)

    The next whose fortune ’twas a tale to tellWas one whom men, before they thought, loved well,And after thinking wondered why they did,For half he seemed to let them, half forbid,And wrapped him so in humors, sheath on sheath,‘Twas hard … Continue reading

    Rambles In Waltham Forest (Marguerite Blessington Poems)

      LAND of soft showers and far-extending vales,And woodlands fanned by summer’s gentlest gales,And streams, that glisten as they steal, half hidThe tangled brake and waving sedge amid;Land!–where rich plenty with abounding flow, Bids ‘neath her smile the golden meadow glow,And from … Continue reading

    Orlando Furioso canto 13 (Ludovico Ariosto Poems)

    ARGUMENTThe Count Orlando of the damsel blandWho loves Zerbino, hears the piteous woes.Next puts to death the felons with his handWho pent her there. Duke Aymon’s daughter goes,Seeking Rogero, where so large a bandThe old Atlantes’ magic walls enclose.Her he … Continue reading

    A Broadway Idyl (Mary Eliza Perine Tucker Lambert Poems)

    For hours I stood upon The Bridge,1Which looms like a volcanic ridge,Above a scathing fire below.A flaming crater of burning hearts-And, as souls passed beneath my feet,As weary souls passed to and froA knowledge came, so sad, yet sweet,Each inner … Continue reading

    A Tale of Tuscany (Oscar Fay Adams Poems)

    An Old-World tale. Who reads perchanceMay deem it dull or idly told,Preferring latter-day romanceWhere well trained hearts their loves unfold. Tuscany, land of fierce hates and wild loves and of limitless passions,Tuscany, home of Petrarca and Dante and lively Boccaccio,Tuscany, … Continue reading

    A Certain King (Lorenzo Dow Blackson Poems)

    A certain King whose power is great,For his own glory did createA spacious globe, and it did placeIn what is termed the field of space. This globe by name he called the earth,Ordaining that it should give birthTo creatures formed … Continue reading

    Rhodon And Iris. Act I (Ralph Knevet Poems)

    SCEN. 1.Poneria, Agnostus.Ag.   Is the worlds eye not yet asleepe? Po.   Hath Jove not yet put on his starry night-cap?  No; nor Juno her spangl’d smocke? Ag.   What, hath Hesperus forgot to light heavens tapers up?  Or be the Charret wheeles of Night o’re loaden  with the … Continue reading

    Orlando Furioso Canto 6 (Ludovico Ariosto Poems)

    ARGUMENTAriodantes has, a worthy meed,With his loved bride, the fief of Albany.Meantime Rogero, on the flying steed,Arrives in false Alcina’s empery:There from a myrtle-tree her every deed,A human myrtle hears, and treachery,And thence would go; but they who first withdrewHim … Continue reading

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