William Dean Howells

(1837-1920 / United States)

William Dean Howells Poems

1. The Song The Oriole Sings 4/16/2010
2. What Shall It Profit? 4/16/2010
3. The Two Wives 4/16/2010
4. The Passengers Of A Retarded Submersible 4/16/2010
5. In Earliest Spring 4/16/2010
6. Caprice 4/16/2010
7. Change 4/16/2010
8. Vision 4/16/2010
9. Judgment Day 4/16/2010
10. Living 4/16/2010
11. Tomorrow 4/16/2010
12. Hope 4/16/2010
13. If 4/16/2010
14. From Generation To Generation 4/16/2010
15. The Bewildered Guest 4/16/2010
16. Earliest Spring 1/4/2003
17. Dead 4/16/2010
18. Friends And Foes 4/16/2010
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Friends And Foes

BITTER the things one’s enemies will say
Against one sometimes when one is away,
But of a bitterness far more intense
The things one’s friends will say in one’s defence.

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SOMETIMES, when after spirited debate
Of letters or affairs, in thought I go
Smiling unto myself, and all aglow
With some immediate purpose, and elate
As if my little, trivial scheme were great,
And what I would so were already so:
Suddenly I think of her that died, and know,
Whatever friendly or unfriendly fate
Befall me in my hope or in my pride,

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