Richard Chenevix Trench

(1807 - 1886 / Ireland)

Richard Chenevix Trench Poems

1. To Poetry 4/14/2015
2. To a Robin Redbreast 7/2/2015
3. England 7/8/2015
4. On Perseus and Medusa 12/10/2015
5. New Year's Eve 12/11/2015
6. Christ's Restraint 1/15/2016
7. On Leaving Rome 8/5/2016
8. After The Battle 1/1/2004
9. Sonnet 01 1/1/2004
10. The Onward Course 1/1/2004
11. Sonnet 03 1/1/2004
12. In A Pass Of Bavaria 1/1/2004
13. Sonnet 05 1/1/2004
14. Sonnet 04 1/1/2004
15. Sonnet 02 1/1/2004
16. Harmosan 1/1/2004

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Best Poem of Richard Chenevix Trench

Sonnet 05

When hearts are full of yearning tenderness,
For the loved absent, whom we can not reach --
By deed or token, gesture or kind speech,
The spirit's true affection to express;
When hearts are full of innermost distress,
And we are doomed to stand inactive by,
Watching the soul's or body's agony,
Which human effort helps not to make less --
Then like a cup capacious to contain
The overflowings of the heart, is prayer:
The longing of the souls is satisfied,
The keenest darts of anguish blunted are;
And, though we can not cease to yearn or grieve, ...

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Now the third and fatal conflict for the Persian throne was done,
And the Moslem's fiery valor had the crowning victory won.

Harmosan, the last and boldest the invader to defy,
Captive overborne by numbers, they were bringing forth to die.

Then exclaimed the noble captive: "Lo! I perish in my thirst;
Give me but one drink of water, and let then arrive the worst!"