Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Poems

321. Under The Violets 12/31/2002
322. The Deacon's Masterpiece Or, The Wonderful "One-Hoss Shay": A Logical Story 1/13/2003
323. God Save The Flag 4/6/2010
324. Spring Has Come 4/6/2010
325. Contentment 12/31/2002
326. The Chambered Nautilus 12/31/2002
327. The Iron Gate 12/31/2002
328. The Ballad Of The Oysterman 4/6/2010
329. The Height Of The Ridiculous 12/31/2002
330. The Flower Of Liberty 12/31/2002
331. Old Ironsides 1/1/2004
332. The Last Leaf 12/31/2002
333. A Parody On “a Psalm Of Life” 5/24/2003
334. A Familiar Letter 12/31/2002
335. The Boys 12/31/2002
336. Sun And Shadow 12/31/2002
Best Poem of Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sun And Shadow

As I look from the isle, o'er its billows of green,
To the billows of foam-crested blue,
Yon bark, that afar in the distance is seen,
Half dreaming, my eyes will pursue:
Now dark in the shadow, she scatters the spray
As the chaff in the stroke of the flail;
Now white as the sea-gull, she flies on her way,
The sun gleaming bright on her sail.

Yet her pilot is thinking of dangers to shun,--
Of breakers that whiten and roar;
How little he cares, if in shadow or ...

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The Opening Of The Piano

IN the little southern parlor of tbe house you may have seen
With the gambrel-roof, and the gable looking westward to the green,
At the side toward the sunset, with the window on its right,
Stood the London-made piano I am dreaming of to-night!

Ah me! how I remember the evening when it came!
What a cry of eager voices, what a group of cheeks in flame,
When the wondrous box was opened that had come from over seas,
With its smell of mastic-varnish and i

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