Title Poet Year Written Collection Body
“Max and Maurice”: Preface Wilhelm Busch 1852

Translated by Charles Timothy Brooks

AH, how oft we read or hear of
Boys we almost stand in fear of!
For example, take these stories
Of two youths, named Max and Maurice,
Who, instead of early turning
Their young minds to useful learning,

“Max and Maurice”: Last Trick Wilhelm Busch 1852

Translated by Charles Timothy Brooks

MAX and Maurice! I grow sick,
When I think on your last trick.
Why must these two scalawags
Cut those gashes in the bags?
See! the farmer on his back
Carries corn off in a sack.
Scarce has he begun to...

“Make way for Liberty” James Montgomery 1791

[Battle of Sempach, fourteenth century]

  “MAKE way for Liberty!”—he cried;
Made way for Liberty, and died!
  In arms the Austrian phalanx stood,
A living wall, a human wood!
A wall, where every conscious stone
Seemed to its kindred thousands grown...

“Maid of Athens, ere we part” Lord Byron

Maid of Athens, ere we part,
Give, O, give me back my heart!
Or, since that has left my breast,
Keep it now, and take the rest!
Hear my vow before I go,
  [Greek]. 1

By those tresses unconfined,
Wooed by each Ægean wind;
By those...

“Love scorns degrees” Paul Hamilton Hayne

From “The Mountain of the Lovers”
LOVE scorns degrees; the low he lifteth high,
The high he draweth down to that fair plain
Whereon, in his divine equality,
Two loving hearts may meet, nor meet in vain;
’Gainst such sweet levelling Custom cries amain,...

“Love not” Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Love not, love not, ye hapless sons of clay!
Hope’s gayest wreaths are made of earthly flowers,—
Things that are made to fade and fall away
Ere they have blossomed for a few short hours.
                        Love not!

Love not! the thing ye love may...

“Love not me for comely grace” Anonymous

Love not me for comely grace,
For my pleasing eye or face,
Nor for any outward part,
No, nor for my constant heart;
  For those may fail or turn to ill,
    So thou and I shall sever;
Keep therefore a true woman’s eye,
And love me still,...

“Love me little, love me long” Anonymous

Originally Printed in 1569
LOVE me little, love me long!
Is the burden of my song:
Love that is too hot and strong
        Burneth soon to waste.
Still I would not have thee cold,—
Not too backward, nor too bold;
Love that lasteth till ’t is...

“Love is a sickness” Samuel Daniel 1582

Love is a sickness full of woes,
    All remedies refusing;
A plant that most with cutting grows,
    Most barren with best using.
        Why so?
More we enjoy it, more it dies;
If not enjoyed, it sighing cries


“Lord! when those glorious lights I see” George Wither 1608

Hymn and Prayer for the Use of Believers

LORD! when those glorious lights I see
  With which thou hast adorned the skies,
Observing how they movèd be,
  And how their splendor fills mine eyes,
Methinks it is too large a grace,
  But that thy love...

“Like a laverock in the lift” Jean Ingelow

It ’s we two, it ’s we two for aye,
All the world, and we two, and Heaven be our stay!
Like a laverock 1 in the lift, 2 sing, O bonny bride!
All the world was Adam once, with Eve by his side.

What ’s the world, my lass, my love!—what can it do?
I am...

“Let not woman e’er complain” Robert Burns 1779

Let not woman e’er complain
  Of inconstancy in love;
Let not woman e’er complain
  Fickle man is apt to rove;
Look abroad through Nature’s range,
Nature’s mighty law is change;
Ladies, would it not be strange
  Man should then a monster...

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds” William Shakespeare 1584

Sonnet Cxvi.
let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments: love is not love,
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove;
O, no! it is an ever-fixèd mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;...

“Let dogs delight to bark and bite” Isaac Watts 1694

Let dogs delight to bark and bite,
  For God hath made them so;
Let bears and lions growl and fight,
  For ’t is their nature to;

But, children, you should never let
  Your angry passions rise;
Your little hands were never made
  To tear...

“Lead, kindly Light” John Henry Newman 1821

Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
    Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,—
    Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene,—one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed...

“Knocking, ever knocking” Harriet Beecher Stowe

 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.”
—REVELATIONS iii. 20.    

KNOCKING, knocking, ever knocking?
            Who is there?
’T is a pilgrim, strange and kingly,
            Never such was seen before;—
Ah, sweet soul, for such a wonder,...

“Knee-deep in June” James Whitcomb Riley 1869

tell you what I like the best—
    ’Long about knee-deep in June,
    ’Bout the time strawberries melts
    On the vines—some afternoon
Like to jes’ git out and rest,
    And not work at nothin’ else!

Orchard’s where I’...

“Keep sweet and keep movin’” Robert Jones Burdette

Homely phrase of our southland bright—
  Keep steady step to the flam of the drum;
Touch to the left—eyes to the right—
  Sing with the soul tho’ the lips be dumb.
Hard to be good when the wind ’s in the east;
  Hard to be gay when the heart is down;...

“John Anderson, my jo” Robert Burns 1779

John Anderson, my jo, John,
  When we were first acquent,
Your locks were like the raven,
  Your bonnie brow was brent;
But now your brow is beld, John,
  Your locks are like the snaw;
But blessings on your frosty pow,
  John Anderson, my...

“Jesus shall reign” Isaac Watts 1694

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Does his successive journeys run,—
His kingdom spread from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

From north to south the princes meet
To pay their homage at His feet,
While western empires own...