Heartening Poetry

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Heartening Poetry

Post by Nicholas » Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:18 pm

For I have learned
To look on nature, not as in the hour
Of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes
The still, sad music of humanity,
Not harsh or grating, though of ample power

To chasten and subdue. And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean, and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man,
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things.
Wordsworth, from "Lines Above Tintern Abbey"
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Re: Heartening Poetry

Post by Nicholas » Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:12 pm

Choice

I'd rather have the thought of you
To hold against my heart,
My spirit to be taught of you
With west winds blowing,
Than all the warm caresses
Of another love's bestowing,
Or all the glories of the world
In which you had no part.

I'd rather have the theme of you
To thread my nights and days,
I'd rather have the dream of you
With faint stars glowing,
I'd rather have the want of you,
The rich, elusive taunt of you
Forever and forever and forever unconfessed
Than claim the alien comfort
Of any other's breast.

O lover! O my lover,
That this should come to me!
I'd rather have the hope for you,
Ah, Love, I'd rather grope for you
Within the great abyss
Than claim another's kiss --
Alone I'd rather go my way
Throughout eternity.
Angela Morgan
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Re: Heartening Poetry

Post by Nicholas » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:44 pm

Invocation

Spirit in me, O Splendid Light
That shines from Paradise,
Illumine now this World of Night
Make me thy sacrifice.

Triumphant and eternal Power
Of earth and sky and sea,
Possess me in this sacred hour,
That I may follow Thee.

Pervade my being, part by part,
O Self, that I may find
Forevermore within my heart
A love for all mankind.
G. Cardinal Legros
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Re: Heartening Poetry

Post by Nicholas » Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:23 pm

This is not a poem, but is in praise of the poetic vision:

http://www.theimaginativeconservative.o ... d61f5d6b98
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Re: Heartening Poetry

Post by Nicholas » Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:48 pm

The Outcast

Sometimes when alone
At the dark close of day,
Men meet an outlawed majesty
And hurry away.

They come to the lighted house;
They talk to their dear;
They crucify the mystery
With words of good cheer.

When love and life are over,
And flights at an end,
On the outcast majesty
They lean as a friend.
AE - George Russell
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Re: Heartening Poetry

Post by Nicholas » Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:09 pm

IN FRIENDLY CONTRAST
By Bob Eklund

Red liquidambar
tree, and cerulean sky
in friendly contrast.

White Venus, red Mars
setting in Earth's deep blue sky:
One Solar System.

*******

Note: As this is being written, my country is locked in a political contest between its "red" and "blue" states that is anything but friendly. In the spirit of "One People, One Sky" and "One Solar System," let us hope and pray that the United States can re-unite itself -- that our diverse peoples will learn to celebrate their contrasts (and contests) as beautifully and peacefully as red liquidambar leaves contrast themselves against cerulean blue sky!
-- B.E
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Re: Heartening Poetry

Post by Nicholas » Sat May 20, 2017 1:04 am

He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all
Coleridge, from his Rime of the Ancient Mariner
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Re: Heartening Poetry

Post by Nicholas » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:24 pm

Tennyson on his source of inspiration:
A kind of waking trance - this for lack of a better word - I have frequently had, quite up from boyhood, when I have been all alone. This has come upon me through repeating my own name to myself silently, till all at once, as it were out of the intensity of the consciousness of individuality, individuality itself seemed to dissolve and fade away into boundless being, and this not a confused state but the clearest, the surest of the surest, utterly beyond words - where death was an almost laughable impossibility - the loss of personality (if so it were) seeming no extinction, but the only true life... It is no nebulous ecstasy, but a state of transcendent wonder, associated with absolute clearness of mind.
From his Memoirs.
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Re: Heartening Poetry

Post by Nicholas » Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:45 pm

The flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow dies;
All that we wish to stay
Tempts and then flies.
What is this world's delight?
Lightning that mocks the night,
Brief even as bright.

Virtue, how frail it is!
Friendship how rare!
Love, how it sells poor bliss
For proud despair!
But we, though soon they fall,
Survive their joy, and all
Which ours we call.

Whilst skies are blue and bright,
Whilst flowers are gay,
Whilst eyes that change ere night
Make glad the day;
Whilst yet the calm hours creep,
Dream thou—and from thy sleep
Then wake to weep.
Shelley
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Re: Heartening Poetry

Post by Nicholas » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:27 pm

AMIENS (sings)

Blow, blow, thou winter wind.
Thou art not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude.
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho, sing heigh-ho, unto the green holly.
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly.
Then heigh-ho, the holly.
This life is most jolly.
Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
That dost not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot.
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remembered not.
Heigh-ho, sing heigh-ho, unto the green holly.
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly.
Then heigh-ho, the holly.
This life is most jolly.
From As You Like It Act 2 scene 7
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