George Edward Woodberry
George Edward Woodberry, Litt. D., LL. D. (1855–1930) was an American literary critic and poet. Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Woodberry graduated from Harvard College in 1877, and became professor of English at the University of Nebraska. In 1891–1904 he was professor of comparative literature at Columbia University. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1930 he was posthumously awarded one of the first three Frost Medals for lifetime achievement in poetry by the Poetry Society of America. He wrote a number of books as well. Other publications: He edited The complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1892); Lamb's Essays of Elia (1892); The Works of Edgar ... more »
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George Edward Woodberry Poems
O, Inexpressible As Sweet
O, INEXPRESSIBLE as sweet, Love takes my voice away; I cannot tell thee when we meet What most I long to say.
Immortal love, too high for my possessing,— Yet, lower than thee, where shall I find repose? Long in my youth I sang the morning rose,
SWEET names, the rosary of my evening prayer, Told on my lips like kisses of good-night To friends who go a little from my sight,
I WILL rise, I will go from the places that are dark with passion and pain, From the sorrow-changëd woodlands and a thousand memories slain.
On the Italian Front MCMXVI
“I will die cheering, if I needs must die; So shall my last breath write upon my lips Viva Italia! when my spirit slips
On a Portrait of Columbus
WAS this his face, and these the finding eyes That plucked a new world from the rolling seas? Who, serving Christ, whom most he sought to please,
O, Struck Beneath The Laurel
O, STRUCK beneath the laurel, where the singing fountains are, I saw from heaven falling the star of love afar;
I INTO the west of the waters on the living ocean’s foam, Into the west of the sunset where the young adventurers roam,
From My Country
O DESTINED Land, unto thy citadel, What founding fates even now doth peace compel, That through the world thy name is sweet to tell!
The world hath its own dead; great motions start In human breasts, and make for them a place In that hushed sanctuary of the race
TO tremble, when I touch her hands, With awe that no man understands; To feel soft reverence arise When, lover-sweet, I meet her eyes;
America to England
MOTHER of nations, of them eldest we, Well is it found, and happy for the state, When that which makes men proud first makest them great,
Where are the friends that I knew in my Maying, In the days of my youth, in the first of my roaming? We were dear; we were leal; O, far we went straying; Now never a heart to my heart comes homing! --
I England, I stand on thy imperial ground, Not all a stranger; as thy bugles blow,
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O, Inexpressible As Sweet
O, INEXPRESSIBLE as sweet,
Love takes my voice away;
I cannot tell thee when we meet
What most I long to say.
But hadst thou hearing in thy heart
To know what beats in mine,
Then shouldst thou walk, where’er thou art,
In melodies divine.
So warbling birds lift higher notes
Than to our ears belong;
The music fills their throbbing throats,
But silence steals the song.