Joyce Kilmer

(1886-1918 / New Jersey)

Ballade Of My Lady's Beauty

Poem by Joyce Kilmer

Squire Adam had two wives, they say,
   Two wives had he, for his delight,
He kissed and clypt them all the day
   And clypt and kissed them all the night.
   Now Eve like ocean foam was white
And Lilith roses dipped in wine,
   But though they were a goodly sight
No lady is so fair as mine.

To Venus some folk tribute pay
   And Queen of Beauty she is hight,
And Sainte Marie the world doth sway
   In cerule napery bedight.
   My wonderment these twain invite,
Their comeliness it is divine,
   And yet I say in their despite,
No lady is so fair as mine.

Dame Helen caused a grievous fray,
   For love of her brave men did fight,
The eyes of her made sages fey
   And put their hearts in woeful plight.
   To her no rhymes will I indite,
For her no garlands will I twine,
   Though she be made of flowers and light
No lady is so fair as mine.


Prince Eros, Lord of lovely might,
   Who on Olympus dost recline,
Do I not tell the truth aright?
   No lady is so fair as mine.

Comments about Ballade Of My Lady's Beauty by Joyce Kilmer

  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (6/21/2018 12:40:00 AM)

    Giving full marks to the elegance and the beauty of some renowned ladies, the poet finds his muse a cut above the rest and he tells it quite gracefully. Great poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (6/20/2018 6:21:00 PM)

    i find this poem delightful. i admit, though, i am positively inclined to kilmer from his justly famous poem trees. quite different than this one, but for some reason i'm reminded of shakespeare's sonnet which begins, my mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun. -glen(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (6/20/2018 5:36:00 PM)

    I would presume from this delightful poem thgat the author did NOT have a roving eye. Yea for love and Joyce Kilmer!(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (6/20/2018 4:45:00 AM)

    Evoking all the classical comparisons and finding 'No lady is so as mine'(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (6/20/2018 4:24:00 AM)

    Look into me
    this is my lady
    my lovely lady lives in me
    into this den of heart
    peacefully with love
    on the palanquin of rosy buds

    greatly written(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (6/20/2018 4:23:00 AM)

    Inspiring and elevating work of poetry. Beautiful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (6/20/2018 3:22:00 AM)

    wow lovely ballade

    beautifully clipped everyone the Ballade is...


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  • Jayatissa K. LiyanageJayatissa K. Liyanage (12/6/2016 11:59:00 PM)

    A wonderful tribute to one's own love, while demonstrating craftsman's talent to express it in a unique manner. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (12/6/2016 9:39:00 AM)

    A beautiful, inspiring, elevating work of poetry. Not only a wondrous tribute to his loved one, but indirectly to the power of love itself to inspire the visage of beauty within the heart of the beholder. The cadence and rhyme move us at hastened clip through the entire sweep of history, revealing on the whirlwind journey that in his heart no beauty throughout all the sweep of human history can compare to the beauty of his loved one, until we arrive at the throne of Eros himself, where his case is presented with a surety of the answer.(Report)Reply

    Glen KappyGlen Kappy(6/20/2018 6:23:00 PM)

    hey, neal! i was scrolling through the other comments and saw your picture and name. good to see! hoping you're well in every way, glen

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  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja SinghAkham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (12/6/2016 1:20:00 AM)

    Deep insight an ideal mind, the love and desire of his own making and world where his loving woman reside than other glorious women.A fabulous poem!(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (12/6/2016 1:04:00 AM)

    Though she be made of flowers and light....

    Thanks for sharing....(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/6/2016 12:55:00 AM)

    Ocean foam! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003

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