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Oliver Wendell Holmes


  • A Familiar Letter
       YES, write, if you want to, there's nothing like trying;
  • A Farewell to Agassiz
       How the mountains talked together,
  • Bill and Joe
       COME, dear old comrade, you and I
  • Brother Jonathan's Lament
       SHE has gone,-- she has left us in passion and pride,--
  • Contentment
       LITTLE I ask; my wants are few;
  • Dorothy Q.
       GRANDMOTHER's mother: her age, I guess,
  • For the Moore Centennial Celebration
       ENCHANTER of Erin, whose magic has bound us,
  • Martha
       SEXTON! Martha's dead and gone;
  • My Aviary
       THROUGH my north window, in the wintry weather,--
  • Poem (Halleck monument dedication)
       SAY not the Poet dies!
  • Sun and Shadow
       As I look from the isle, o'er its billows of green,
  • The Boys
       HAS there any old fellow got mixed with the boys?
  • The Chambered Nautilus
       THIS is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign,
  • The Dorchester Giant
       THERE was a giant in time of old,
  • The Flower of Liberty
       WHAT flower is this that greets the morn,
  • The Height of the Ridiculous
       I WROTE some lines once on a time
  • The Iron Gate
       WHERE is this patriarch you are kindly greeting?
  • The Last Leaf
       I saw him once before,
  • The Living Temple
       NOT in the world of light alone,
  • The Old Man Dreams
       OH for one hour of youthful joy!
  • The Opening of the Piano
       IN the little southern parlor of tbe house you may have seen
  • The Organ-Blower
       DEVOUTEST of my Sunday friends,
  • The September Gale
       I'M not a chicken; I have seen
  • The Silent Melody
       "BRING me my broken harp," he said;
  • The Voiceless
       WE count the broken lyres that rest
  • Under the Violets
       HER hands are cold; her face is white;
  • Union and Liberty
       FLAG of the heroes who left us their glory,
  • ∆stivation
       In candent ire the solar splendor flames;