INNOCENCE POEMS

Maidenhood
THROUGH her fair world of blossoms fresh and bright,
Veiled with her maiden innocence, she goes;
Not all the splendour of the waxing light
She sees, nor all the colour of the rose;
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Edith Nesbit
Oft Have I Read That Innocence Retreats
Oft have I read that Innocence retreats
Where cooling streams salute ye summer Seats
Singing at ease she roves ye field of flowrs
Or safe with shepheards lys among the bowrs
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Thomas Parnell
To This Moment A Rebel
To this moment a rebel I throw down my arms,
Great Love, at first sight of Olinda's bright charms.
Make proud and secure by such forces as these,
You may now play the tyrant as soon as you please.
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Lord John Wilmot
A Song (To This Moment A Rebel I Throw Down My Arms)
To this moment a rebel I throw down my arms,
Great Love, at first sight of Olinda's bright charms.
Make proud and secure by such forces as these,
You may now play the tyrant as soon as you please.
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John Wilmot
The Dance
not love I offer
Your quick limbs, your eyes;
Only the barren homage
Of an old man whom time
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Ronald Stuart Thomas
A Life
Innocence?
In a sense.
In no sense!

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Howard Nemerov
To Death
Thou bidst me come away,
And I'll no longer stay,
Than for to shed some tears
For faults of former years;
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Robert Herrick
Whose Pink career may have a close
1394

Whose Pink career may have a close
Portentous as our own, who knows?
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Emily Dickinson
A Child's Prayer
For Morn, my dome of blue,
For Meadows, green and gay,
And Birds who love the twilight of the leaves,
Let Jesus keep me joyful when I pray.
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Siegfried Sassoon
A Child’s Prayer
For Morn, my dome of blue,
For Meadows, green and gay,
And Birds who love the twilight of the leaves,
Let Jesus keep me joyful when I pray.
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Siegfried Sassoon
The Well's Secret
I KNEW it all my boyhood: in a lonesome valley meadow,
Like a dryad's mirror hidden by the wood's dim arches near;
Its eye flashed back the sunshine, and grew dark and sad with shadow;
And I loved its truthful depths where every pebble lay so clear.
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John Boyle O'Reilly
Epigram
To purify their wine some people bleed
A lamb into the barrel, and succeed;
No nostrum, planters say, is half so good
To make fine sugar, as a negro's blood.
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William Cowper
Songs Set To Music: 17. Set By Mr. De Fesch
Nanny blushes when I woo her,
And with kindly chiding eyes
Faintly says I shall undo her;
Faintly, O, forbear! she cries.
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Matthew Prior
Love Song
Lovers eminent in love
Ever diversities combine;
The vocal chords of the cushat-dove,
The snake's articulated spine.
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Elinor Morton Wylie
To The Honble. Miss Carteret, Now Countess Of Dysert.
Fair Innocence, the Muses lovelicst
On Acts of Mercy sound thy rising Fame.
Let others from frail Beauty hope Applause:
Plead thou the Fatherless, and Widow's Cause.
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Mary Barber
To My Little Niece Anne Duyckinck
To his charming black-eyed niece
Uncle Harry wishest peace!
Wishes roses over strow'd
O'er her sublunary road!
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Henry Livingston Jr.
Spiritual Laws
The living Heaven thy prayers respect,
House at once and architect,
Quarrying man's rejected hours,
Builds therewith eternal towers;
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Grace At Evening
For all the beauties of the day,
The innocence of childhoodâ??s play,
For health and strength and laughter sweet,
Dear Lord, our thanks we now repeat.
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Edgar Albert Guest
Ovid In The Third Reich
non peccat, quaecumque potest peccasse negare,
solaque famosam culpa professa facit.

Amores, III, xiv
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Geoffrey Hill
Withered Snowdrops
THEY came in the early spring-days,
With the first refreshing showers
And I watched the growing beauty
Of the little drooping flowers.
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John Boyle O'Reilly

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