Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Poems

321. Under The Violets 12/31/2002
322. Under The Washington Elm, Cambridge 4/6/2010
323. Union And Liberty 12/31/2002
324. Unsatisfied 4/6/2010
325. Verses For After-Dinner 4/6/2010
326. Vestigia Quinque Retrorsum 4/6/2010
327. Voyage Of The Good Ship Union 4/6/2010
328. Welcome To The Chicago Commercial Club 4/6/2010
329. Welcome To The Grand Duke Alexis 4/6/2010
330. Welcome To The Nations 4/6/2010
331. What I Have Come For 4/6/2010
332. What We All Think 4/6/2010
333. Wind-Clouds And Star-Drifts 4/6/2010
334. Youth 4/6/2010
Best Poem of Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Familiar Letter

YES, write, if you want to, there's nothing like trying;
Who knows what a treasure your casket may hold?
I'll show you that rhyming's as easy as lying,
If you'll listen to me while the art I unfold.

Here's a book full of words; one can choose as he fancies,
As a painter his tint, as a workman his tool;
Just think! all the poems and plays and romances
Were drawn out of this, like the fish from a pool!

You can wander at will through its syllabled mazes,
And take all you want, not a copper they cost,--
What is...

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The Two Streams

Behold the rocky wall
That down its sloping sides
Pours the swift rain-drops, blending, as they fall,
In rushing river-tides!
Yon stream, whose sources run
Turned by a pebble's edge,
Is Athabasca, rolling toward the sun
Through the cleft mountain-ledge.
The slender rill had strayed,

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