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Ode on Solitude by Alexander Pope

Ode on Solitude Happy the man, whose wish and care    A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air,                             In his own ground.   Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,    Whose flocks supply him with … Continue reading

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Blossom by Kathleen Jamie

Blossom   There’s this life and no hereafter – I’m sure of that but still I dither, waiting for my laggard soul to leap at the world’s touch.   How many May dawns have I slept right through, the trees … Continue reading

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The Duck and the Kargaroo by Edward Lear

The Duck and the Kargaroo I Said the Duck to the Kangaroo, ‘Good gracious! how you hop! Over the fields and the water too, As if you never would stop! My life is a bore in this nasty pond, And … Continue reading

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Ancestral by Archibald MacLeish

Ancestral The star dissolved in evening—the one star The silently                    and night O soon now, soon And still the light now                                     and still now the large Relinquishing                      and through the pools of blue Still, still the swallows                                        and a … Continue reading

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May Day by Thomas MacDonagh

May Day I wish I were to-day on the hill behind the wood,– My eyes on the brown bog there and the Shannon river,– Behind the wood at home, a quickened solitude When the winds from Slieve Bloom set the … Continue reading

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As Much as You Can by C P Cavafy

As Much as You Can Even if you can’t shape your life the way you want,  at least try as much as you can not to degrade it by too much contact with the world, by too much activity and … Continue reading

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When that I was and a little tiny boy by William Shakespeare

When that I was and a tiny little boy (With hey, ho, the wind and the rain) By William Shakespeare  (from Twelfth Night) When that I was and a little tiny boy,     With hey, ho, the wind and the … Continue reading

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