Title Poet Year Written Collection Body
“When your beauty appears” Thomas Parnell 1690

    “WHEN your beauty appears,
    In its graces and airs,
All bright as an angel new dropt from the skies,
    At distance I gaze, and am awed by my fears,
So strangely you dazzle my eyes!

    “But when without art
    Your kind thoughts you...

“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought” William Shakespeare 1584

Sonnet Xxx.
when to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends...

“When this cruel war is over” Anonymous

        DEAREST love, do you remember
          When we last did meet,
        How you told me that you loved me
          Kneeling at my feet?
        Oh, how proud you stood before me
          In your suit of blue,
        When you vowed to me...

“When the hounds of spring” Algernon Charles Swinburne 1857

When the hounds of spring are on winter’s traces,
  The mother of months in meadow or plain
Fills the shadows and windy places
  With lisp of leaves and ripple of rain;
And the brown bright nightingale amorous
Is half assuaged for Itylus,
For the...

“When the frost is on the punkin” James Whitcomb Riley 1869

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder ’s in the shock,
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock,
And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens,
And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;
O it ’s then ’...

“When stars are in the quiet skies” Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton

When stars are in the quiet skies,
  Then most I pine for thee;
Bend on me then thy tender eyes,
  As stars look on the sea!
For thoughts, like waves that glide by night,
  Are stillest when they shine;
Mine earthly love lies hushed in light...

“When my ship comes in” Robert Jones Burdette

Somewhere, out on the blue seas sailing,
      Where the winds dance and spin;
Beyond the reach of my eager hailing,
      Over the breakers’ din;
Out where the dark storm-clouds are lifting,
Out where the blinding fog is drifting,
Out where the...

“When lilacs last in the door-yard bloomed” Walt Whitman 1839

[The Death of Lincoln.]
WHEN lilacs last in the door-yard bloomed,
And the great star early drooped in the western sky in the night,
I mourned and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.

Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring,

“When in the chronicle of wasted time” William Shakespeare 1584

Sonnet Cvi.
when in the chronicle of wasted time
I see descriptions of the fairest wights,
And beauty making beautiful old rhyme,
In praise of ladies dead, and lovely knights;
Then, in the blazon of sweet beauty’s best
Of hand, of foot, of lip, of...

“When in disgrace” William Shakespeare 1584

Sonnet Xxix.
when in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf Heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself, and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him,...

“When icicles hang by the wall” William Shakespeare 1584

From “Love’s Labor ’s Lost,” Act V. Sc. 2.

WHEN icicles hang by the wall,
  And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,
And Tom bears logs into the hall,
  And milk comes frozen home in pail,
When blood is nipped, and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the...

“When gathering clouds around I view” Sir Robert Grant

When gathering clouds around I view,
And days are dark, and friends are few,
On Him I lean, who, not in vain,
Experienced every human pain;
He sees my wants, allays my fears,
And counts and treasures up my tears.

If aught should tempt my soul to...

“When do I see thee most?” Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1848

From “The House of Life”
WHEN do I see thee most, belovèd one?
When in the light the spirits of mine eyes
Before thy face, their altar, solemnize
The worship of that Love through thee made known?
Or when, in the dusk hours (we two alone),

“What is the German’s Fatherland?” Ernst Moritz Arndt 1789

Anonymous translation from the German

WHAT is the German’s fatherland?
Is it Prussia, or the Swabian’s land?
Is it where the grape glows on the Rhine?
Where sea-gulls skim the Baltic’s brine?
      Oh no! more grand
  Must be the German’s...

“What does little birdie say?” Alfred, Lord Tennyson

From “Sea Dreams”
WHAT does little birdie say
In her nest at peep of day?
Let me fly, says little birdie,
Mother, let me fly away.
Birdie, rest a little longer,
Till the little wings are stronger.
So she rests a little longer,

“What constitutes a state?” Sir William Jones 1766

    WHAT constitutes a state?
Not high-raised battlement or labored mound,
    Thick wall or moated gate;
Not cities proud with spires and turrets crowned;
    Not bays and broad-armed ports,
Where, laughing at the storm, rich navies ride;

“What can an old man do but die?” Thomas Hood 1819

      SPRING it is cheery,
      Winter is dreary,
Green leaves hang, but the brown must fly;
      When he ’s forsaken,
      Withered and shaken,
What can an old man do but die?

      Love will not clip him,
      Maids will not lip him...

“What ails this heart o’ mine?” Susanna Blamire

What ails this heart o’ mine?
  What ails this watery ee?
What gars me a’ turn pale as death
  When I take leave o’ thee?
When thou art far awa’,
  Thou ’lt dearer grow to me;
But change o’ place and change o’ folk
  May gar thy fancy jee...

“Were I but his own wife” Ellen Mary Downing

Were I but his own wife, to guard and to guide him,
  ’T is little of sorrow should fall on my dear;
I ’d chant my low love-verses, stealing beside him,
  So faint and so tender his heart would but hear;
I ’d pull the wild blossoms from valley and highland;...

“Were I as base as is the lowly plain” Joshua Sylvester 1583

Were I as base as is the lowly plain,
And you, my Love, as high as heaven above,
Yet should the thoughts of me your humble swain
Ascend to heaven, in honor of my Love.

Were I as high as heaven above the plain,
And you, my Love, as humble and as low...