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FIRST LINES OF POETRY.

A baby's foot, and a skein of wool

Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)

About fifty years since, in the days of our daddies

Above the pines the moon was slowly drifting...

A district school, not far away

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After a three day's march he came to an Indian encampment... 477
All the world's a stage..

Although I enter not

A man had once a vicious wife.

A man in many a country town we know.

And there they sat, a popping corn,.......

And thou hast walked about (how strange a story!).

An old wife sat by her bright fireside................

An' sure I was tould to come to your Honor..

A stranger came one night to Yussouf's tent,..

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Beneath the low-hung night cloud......

At midnight, in his guarded tent,.......

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A traveler through a dusty road strewed acorns on the lea;.............. 163
Beautiful was the night. Behind the black wall of the forest,.... 464
Belubbed fellow trabelers, in holdin' forth to-day,..

Beside a massive gateway, built up in days gone by,................

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Better to smell the violet cool, than sip the glowing wine;..

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Cleon hath a million acres,-ne'er a one have I:.

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Come see the Dolphin's anchor forged; 't is at a white heat now: 300

Crimson sunset burning......

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"Corporal Green!" the orderly cried;..

Dark is the night. How dark! no light! no fire!..

Dimpled sheeks, mit eyes of blue............

Don't run in debt-never mind, never mind.
Each thin hand resting on a grave,...

Eighty and nine with their captain,..

Ellen was fair, and knew it, too,...

England's sun was slowly setting...

Fare thee well! and if forever...

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Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears:.

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Good wife, what are you singing for? You know we've lost the

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Half a league, half a league,....

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Has there any old fellow got mixed with the boys?..

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Have you heard how a girl saved the lightning express,—

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Have you heard of the wonderful one-hoss shay,.

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"He is very peculiar,”.......

Hear the sledges with the bells—.....

He comes not-I have watched the moon go down,..

Here's the spot. Look around you. Above, on the height,.... 237

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Ho, there! fisherman, hold your hand!...

How does the water come down at Lodore?..

How sweet the chime of Sabbath bells!.

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I came from haunts of coot and hern:......

I cannot tell you Genevieve, how oft it comes to me,

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I can't tell much about the thing, 'twas done so powerful quick;. 506

I don't go much on religion,....

I dreamed a dream in the midst of my slumbers,.

I haf von funny leedle poy,.

I hate my geography lesson!..

I heahs a heap o' people talkin', eberywhar I goes,.

I heard the trailing garments of the Night....

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Is it anybody's business...

Is it you, Jack? Old boy, is it really you?....

I sprang to the stirrup, and Jorris and he;

Is there room among the angels.......

It must be so. Plato, thou reasonest well!....

It was a tall young oysterman lived by the river side,

It was many and many a year ago,...

I've just come in from the meadow, wife, where the grass is tall

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I know that thou art gone to the land of thy rest;.
I'm sitting alone by the fire,.......

la a little German village,....

In slumbers of midnight the sailor boy lay;......

In the tempest of life, when the wave and the gale...

Into a ward of the whitewashed halls,.....

I saw him once before,....

I saw a lady yesterday,......

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Mary, let's kill the fatted calf, and celebrate this day..

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Meanwhile the adversary of God and man,...

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Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;....... 264

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My sister 'll be down in a minute, and says you're to wait, if you please;

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My son! What! Drafted? My Harry! Why, man, 'tis a boy at his books.

My soul to-day..

Never go to France..

Nigh to a grave that was newly made,..

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Not a drum was heard, nor a funeral note,

Now glory to the Lord of Hosts, from whom all glories are?...

Now Ise got a notion in my head dat when you come to die,.
O! a wonderful stream is the river Time,......
O'er the glad waters of the dark blue sea,....

Of all the notable things on earth,.....

Oh! that the desert were my dwelling place,.

Old Ironsides at anchor lay,..

O Mona's waters are blue and bright..
On deck beneath the awning,....

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“Only a pauper," the neighbors said,.

On the heights of Killiecrankie......

On the limb of an oak, sat a jolly old crow,.

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On the sea and at the Hogue, sixteen hundred and ninety-two,.. 465 On to Freedom! On to Freedom!...

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Our bugles sang truce,—for the night-cloud had lowered,............ 304
Our father's God, from out whose hand...
Out of the clover and blue-eyed grass,
Out of the North the wild news came,.
Over the hill the farm-boy goes;..
Over the river they beckon to me,.

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O, why should the spirit of mortal be proud?..
Peace! let the long procession come,....
Peter would ride to the wedding-he would,.

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Pity the sorrows of a poor old man!.....

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Poor little Besise! she tossed back her curls,..

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Prop your eyes wide open, Joey,.............

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RESPECTED WIFE: From these few lines my where abouts thee

learn-..

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Seated one day at the organ,..

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Send it up to the garret? Well, no; what's the harm..........

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She isn't half so handsome as when twenty years agone,..

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Softly, oh softly, the years have swept by thee,..

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Somewhat back from the village street.

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Some words on language may be well applied,

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South Mountain towered on our right, far off the river iay,..

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Stand! the ground's your own, my braves!..
Stand up, erect! Thou hast the form....

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The breaking waves dashed high.....

Still sits the schoolhouse by the road,..

Summer of 'sixty-three, sir, and Conrad was gone away-
Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,. . . . . . . .
"Tell me, gray-haired sexton,” I said,.....

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The cold winds swept the mountain's height

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The conference meeting through at last,

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The cottage was a thatched one, the outside old and mean,.

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The district school-master was sitting beh nd his great book-iaden

desk............

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The drums are all muffled, the bugles are still;

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The editor sat in his easy chair,.. . . . . .

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There are lessons to learn through the school-'ime of life,.
There is a little maiden- ..

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The royal feast was done; the king..
The splendor falls on castle walls,.....
They drive home the cows from the pasture,.
This book is all that's left me now!....
Those mills of God! Those tireless mills!.
Thou lingering star, with less'ning ray,.
Through the curtains poured the sunlight..
"'Tis plain to see," said a farmer's wife,...
'Tis the last rose of summer,. . . . . . .

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To be or not to be-that is the question!...

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To him who, in the love of nature, holds......

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Too early, of course! How provoking!.

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'Twas far beyond yon mountains, dear, we plighted vows of love, 422

'Twas in a Southern hospital, a month ago or more,......

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'Twas the time of the working men's great strike,..

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Well, Betsey, this beats everything our eyes have ever seer.,.... 101 Well, Jane, I staid in town last night,.

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