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A dozen poems

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The Enchantment, by Thomas Otway



I DID but look and love awhile,
'Twas but for one half-hour;
Then to resist I had no will,
And now I have no power.

To sigh and wish is all my ease;

Complete Poem


The Dust of No Return, by Paul McCann



After the war was over,
I returned to Australia and wed,
with severance pay to kick start,
we looked to be getting ahead.
We checked out this land in the country,

Complete Poem


Bushland, by Arthur Patchett Martin



Not sweeter to the storm-tossed mariner
Is glimpse of home, where wife and children wait
To welcome him with kisses at the gate,
Than to the town-worn man the breezy stir
Of mountain winds on rugged pathless heights:

Complete Poem


The Relapse, by Thomas Stanley



O TURN away those cruel eyes,
The stars of my undoing!
Or death, in such a bright disguise,
May tempt a second wooing.

Punish their blind and impious pride,

Complete Poem


My Grief on the Sea, from the Irish, by Douglas Hyde



MY grief on the sea,
How the waves of it roll!
For they heave between me
And the love of my soul!

Abandon'd, forsaken,

Complete Poem


Convention, by Agnes Lee



The snow is lying very deep.
My house is sheltered from the blast.
I hear each muffled step outside,
I hear each voice go past.

But I'll not venture in the drift

Complete Poem


The Ninety and Nine, by Rose Elizabeth Smith



There are ninety and nine that work and die,
In hunger and want and cold,
That one may revel in luxury,
And be lapped in the silken fold.
And ninety and nine in their hovels bare,

Complete Poem


Overnight, a Rose, by Caroline Giltinan



That overnight a rose could come
I one time did believe,
For when the fairies live with one,
They wilfully deceive.
But now I know this perfect thing

Complete Poem


Song, by Sir George Etherege



LADIES, though to your conquering eyes
Love owes his chiefest victories,
And borrows those bright arms from you
With which he does the world subdue,
Yet you yourselves are not above

Complete Poem


Return, by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester



ABSENT from thee, I languish still;
Then ask me not, When I return?
The straying fool 'twill plainly kill
To wish all day, all night to mourn.

Dear, from thine arms then let me fly,

Complete Poem


Players, by Victor James Daley



And after all -- and after all,
Our passionate prayers, and sighs, and tears,
Is life a reckless carnival?
And are they lost, our golden years?

Ah, no; ah, no; for, long ago,

Complete Poem


Causeway Bay at Night, by Thobias A. Pereira



The full moon up in Cause-way Bay
Highlighting outline of hills around the Bay:
Outshining towers of lights of many hues,
And clearing the veil of eerie darkness of the night.

A magnificent view from "Rosedale on the park:

Complete Poem

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