Herman Melville

(1 August 1819 – 28 September 1891 / New York City, New York)

Herman Melville Poems

81. An Uninscribed Monument On One Of The Battle-Fields Of The Wilderness 4/17/2010
82. A Utilitarian View Of The Monitor's Fight 4/17/2010
83. Aurora Borealis 4/17/2010
84. The Berg (A Dream) 1/3/2003
85. Healed Of My Hurt 1/3/2003
86. The Portent 1/3/2003
87. The Martyr 4/19/2010
88. The Maldive Shark 1/3/2003
89. Shiloh - A Requiem 1/3/2003
90. Gold In The Mountain 1/3/2003
91. Ball's Bluff: A Reverie 4/17/2010
92. Gettysburg 1/20/2003
93. America 1/3/2003
94. Misgivings 1/3/2003
95. Art 1/3/2003

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Art

In placid hours well-pleased we dream
Of many a brave unbodied scheme.
But form to lend, pulsed life create,
What unlike things must meet and mate:
A flame to melt--a wind to freeze;
Sad patience--joyous energies;
Humility--yet pride and scorn;
Instinct and study; love and hate;
Audacity--reverence. These must mate,
And fuse with Jacob's mystic heart,
To wrestle with the angel--Art.

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Immolated

Children of my happier prime,
When One yet lived with me, and threw
Her rainbow over life and time,
Even Hope, my bride, and mother to you!
O, nurtured in sweet pastoral air,
And fed on flowers and light and dew
Of morning meadows -spare, ah, spare
Reproach; spare, and upbraid me not
That, yielding scarce to reckless mood,

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