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Post time 2005-11-23 11:39:33 |Display all floors

Thanks , dear Mirthful. you really have brought great mirth to all the poetry lo

My hearty gratitude goes to you and hope to read more of your recommendations.
I love Walt Whiteman's free verse too.

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Post time 2005-11-23 14:20:05 |Display all floors

Andrew Marvel, Ben Jonson, Walt Whitman

This is becoming quite a wonderful post.  Thank you, Ruotong and everyone.

Here is one by Sara Teasdale, not about love directly, but about wonder and beauty and what we live for.

Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)


Life has loveliness to sell,
    All beautiful and splendid things
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
    Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children's faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
    Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
    Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit's still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,
    Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
    Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.

LSR  龙诗人

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Post time 2005-11-24 08:15:16 |Display all floors


nice ! thanks!

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Post time 2005-11-25 16:58:03 |Display all floors

A love song

Henry Carey. 1693?–1743
444. Sally in our Alley
OF all the girls that are so smart         
  There 's none like pretty Sally;         
She is the darling of my heart,         
  And she lives in our alley.         
There is no lady in the land                 5
  Is half so sweet as Sally;         
She is the darling of my heart,         
  And she lives in our alley.         

Her father he makes cabbage-nets,         
  And through the streets does cry 'em;          10
Her mother she sells laces long         
  To such as please to buy 'em;         
But sure such folks could ne'er beget         
  So sweet a girl as Sally!         
She is the darling of my heart,          15
  And she lives in our alley.         

When she is by, I leave my work,         
  I love her so sincerely;         
My master comes like any Turk,         
  And bangs me most severely:          20
But let him bang his bellyful,         
  I'll bear it all for Sally;         
She is the darling of my heart,         
  And she lives in our alley.         

Of all the days that 's in the week          25
  I dearly love but one day—         
And that 's the day that comes betwixt         
  A Saturday and Monday;         
For then I'm drest all in my best         
  To walk abroad with Sally;          30
She is the darling of my heart,         
  And she lives in our alley.         

My master carries me to church,         
  And often am I blamèd         
Because I leave him in the lurch          35
  As soon as text is namèd;         
I leave the church in sermon-time         
  And slink away to Sally;         
She is the darling of my heart,         
  And she lives in our alley.          40

When Christmas comes about again,         
  O, then I shall have money;         
I'll hoard it up, and box it all,         
  I'll give it to my honey:         
I would it were ten thousand pound,          45
  I'd give it all to Sally;         
She is the darling of my heart,         
  And she lives in our alley.         

My master and the neighbors all         
  Make game of me and Sally,          50
And, but for her, I'd better be         
  A slave and row a galley;         
But when my seven long years are out,         
  O, then I'll marry Sally;         
O, then we'll wed, and then we'll bed—          55
  But not in our alley!

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Post time 2005-11-25 22:41:52 |Display all floors

what a nice love song, i like it very much:-)

Thanks, dear Mirthful, you must be kind and considering and you  know so much about love poems and songs:-)

Thanks for your comments, dear LSR, i do appreciate your indepth and unique comments on poetry. Reading your post is like   attending an excellent lecutre. i am always keeping an eye on your posts though sometimes it is hard to trace them coz of your posts remain zero:-)

Sincerely hope the forum can return the posts to you after the adjustment and upgrading of the system. It will be a great bliss for all of us, and for the forum as well.

Keep well, and keep posting, dear LSR!

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Post time 2005-11-30 06:55:37 |Display all floors

Thanks for kind words

Thank you ruotong for your kind words. "Kind and considerate"? I do not know that is the case. I do not know many poems,least of all love poems, but I do remember some from my youth read in school,etc. Most of the poems I have posted I read long ago in a wonderful anthology called The Golden Treasury compiled by Francis Palgrave and published in 1875. My family had an old copy , and some things here awakened old memories. Now, with the internet all I need to do is "google" a first line, a title, or a bit of verse and presto! there is the poem dimly remembered in toto. The Golden Treasury is still in print (I saw a new copy the other day at a bookstore) and is also available online at And now, one more poem:

Jenny kissed me when we met,
    Jumping from the chair she sat in.
    Time, you thief, who love to get
    Sweets into your list, put that in.
    Say I'm weary, say I'm sad;
    Say that health and wealth have missed me;
    Say I'm growing old, but add -
    Jenny kissed me!    (by leigh hunt--"jenny"=Jane Carlyle?)

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Post time 2005-12-3 10:25:16 |Display all floors

...While there is love in your heart!

Nice to read all the interesting poems and songs that have been posted.

Here is part of an old song whose words were something like this:

"Time will silver your golden hair,
As you sit on your old rocking chair,
You will never grow old,
While there is love in your heart"

Sung to a beautiful tune, though unfortunately I do not know who the author or singer is, and could not find a trace on the internet..

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