Henry Abbey

(11 July 1842 - 7 June 1911 / Kingston, NY)

Henry Abbey Poems

1. The Storm 4/26/2012
2. While The Days Go By 4/26/2012
3. The Singer's Alms 4/26/2012
4. The Roman Sentinal 4/26/2012
5. To Baffle Time 4/26/2012
6. Trailing Arbutus 4/26/2012
7. The Troubadour 4/26/2012
8. Fanciebat 4/26/2012
9. The Sunken City 4/26/2012
10. The French Marshall 4/26/2012
11. Eleusinia 4/26/2012
12. Emmanuel 4/26/2012
13. The Fisher-Maidens 4/26/2012
14. Flos Morti 4/26/2012
15. The Picture 4/26/2012
16. Science And The Soul 4/26/2012
17. Bellerophon 4/26/2012
18. The Long Regret 4/26/2012
19. The Patriot's Courage 4/26/2012
20. What Do We Plant? 9/21/2010
21. Winter Days 9/21/2010
22. Moro 4/26/2012
23. By Hudson's Tide 4/26/2012
24. To A Blue Hepatica 4/26/2012
25. The Age Of Good 4/26/2012
26. The Bedouin's Rebuke 4/26/2012
27. Faith’s Vista 9/21/2010
28. Agnes Hatot 4/26/2012
29. Ontiora 4/26/2012
30. In Memory Of General Grant 9/21/2010
31. The King And The Naiad 4/26/2012
32. The Statue 4/26/2012
33. Donald 9/21/2010
34. Invocation To The Sun 4/26/2012
35. Mary Magdalene 4/26/2012
36. Low Tide 4/26/2012
37. On A Great Warrior 9/21/2010
38. Autumn Ballad 4/26/2012
39. Along The Nile 4/26/2012
40. The Drawbridge Keeper 4/26/2012
Best Poem of Henry Abbey

The Drawbridge Keeper

Drecker, a drawbridge keeper, opened wide
The dangerous gate to let the vessel through;
His little son was standing by his side,
Above Passaic River deep and blue,
While in the distance, like a moan of pain,
Was heard the whistle of the coming train.

At once brave Drecker worked to swing it back,
The gate-like bridge that seems a gate of death;
Nearer and nearer, on the slender track,
Came the swift engine, puffing its white breath.
Then, with a shriek, the loving father saw
His darling boy fall headlong from the draw!

Either at once down in the ...

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What Do We Plant?

What do we plant when we plant the tree?
We plant the ship, which will cross the sea.
We plant the mast to carry the sails;
We plant the planks to withstand the gales -
The keel, the keelson, the beam, the knee;
We plant the ship when we plant the tree.

What do we plant when we plant the tree?
We plant the houses for you and me.

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