Purposes Poems (902 Poems)


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    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



    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



    The Columbiad: Book X (Joel Barlow Poems)

    The vision resumed, and extended over the whole earth. Present character of different nations. Future progress of society with respect to commerce; discoveries; inland navigation; philosophical, med and political knowledge. Science of government. Assimilation and final union of all languages. … 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



    Orlando Furioso Canto 7 (Ludovico Ariosto Poems)

    ARGUMENTRogero, as directed by the pair,The giantess Eriphila o’erthrows.That done, he to Alcina’s labyrinth, whereMore than one knight is tied and prisoned, goes.To him Melissa sage the secret snare,And remedy for that grave evil shows.Whence he, by her advised, with … Continue reading



    A Discourse (Ralph Birchensha Poems)

    Wonder to men, worlds glorie, mightie Lord,Earths monarch, Prince of thrones & powers all,Peerlesse for praise, famous in factes and deedes,Guider of Angels, aide of mortall men:Whose little finger swayes both sea and lande,And turnes the globe of heauen with … Continue reading



    The Iliad: Book 10 (Homer Poems)

    Now the other princes of the Achaeans slept soundly the wholenight through, but Agamemnon son of Atreus was troubled, so that hecould get no rest. As when fair Juno’s lord flashes his lightning intoken of great rain or hail or … Continue reading



    Festus – II (Philip James Bailey Poems)

    From heaven, soul–like, to earth. It is sundown. MarkThe heart’s state, empty and collapsed, the world’sVain pleasures leave us in, dissatisfied,Distraught, not penitent of them, in ourselves;Youth’s natural fitful unavailing struggleNote, ‘gainst temptation come unlooked for; power,Love, wisdom; who shall … Continue reading



    The Iliad: Book 14 (Homer Poems)

    Nestor was sitting over his wine, but the cry of battle did notescape him, and he said to the son of Aesculapius, ‘What, nobleMachaon, is the meaning of all this? The shouts of men fighting by ourships grow stronger and … Continue reading



    Orlando Furioso Canto 21 (Ludovico Ariosto Poems)

    ARGUMENTZerbino for Gabrina, who a heartOf asp appears to bear, contends. O’erthrown,The Fleming falls upon the other part,Through cause of that despised and odious crone,He wounded sore, and writhing with the smart,The beldam’s treason to the prince makes known,Whose scorn … Continue reading





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