William Makepeace Thackeray

(1811-1863 / India)

William Makepeace Thackeray Poems

81. Fairy Days 4/7/2010
82. The Age Of Wisdom 12/31/2002
83. A Credo (After The German) 1/3/2003
84. The Mahogany Tree 1/3/2003
85. Sorrows Of Werther 12/31/2002
86. At The Church-Gate 1/3/2003
87. Come To The Greenwood Tree 4/7/2010
88. To His Serving Boy 4/7/2010
89. A Tragic Story 4/7/2010
90. King Canute 4/7/2010
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King Canute

KING CANUTE was weary hearted; he had reigned for years a score,
Battling, struggling, pushing, fighting, killing much and robbing more;
And he thought upon his actions, walking by the wild sea-shore.

'Twixt the Chancellor and Bishop walked the King with steps sedate,
Chamberlains and grooms came after, silversticks and goldsticks great,
Chaplains, aides-de-camp, and pages,—all the officers of state.

Sliding after like his shadow, pausing when he chose to pause,
If a frown his face contracted, straight the courtiers dropped their jaws;
If to laugh the king was ...

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The Age Of Wisdom

Ho! pretty page, with the dimpled chin,
That never has known the Barber's shear,
All your wish is woman to win;
This is the way that boys begin--
Wait till you come to Forty Year.

Curly gold locks cover foolish brains,
Billing and cooing is all your cheer;
Sighing and singing of midnight strains,

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