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A poem by Herman Melville: Gettysburg

  Gettysburg O Pride of the days in prime of the months Now trebled in great renown, When before the ark of our holy cause Fell Dagon down- Dagon foredoomed, who, armed and targed, Never his impious heart enlarged Beyond …

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A poem by Herman Melville: Formerly A Slave

  Formerly A Slave The sufferance of her race is shown, And retrospect of life, Which now too late deliverance dawns upon; Yet is she not at strife. Her children’s children they shall know The good withheld from her; And …

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A poem by Herman Melville: Far Off-Shore

  Far Off-Shore Look, the raft, a signal flying, Thin–a shred; None upon the lashed spars lying, Quick or dead. Cries the sea-fowl, hovering over, ‘Crew, the crew?’ And the billow, reckless, rover, Sweeps anew!   Herman Melville

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A poem by Herman Melville: Epilogue

  Epilogue _If Luther’s day expand to Darwin’s year,_ _Shall that exclude the hope–foreclose the fear?_ Unmoved by all the claims our times avow, The ancient Sphinx still keeps the porch of shade; And comes Despair, whom not her calm …

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A poem by Herman Melville: Dupont’s Round Fight

  Dupont’s Round Fight (November, 1861) In time and measure perfect moves All Art whose aim is sure; Evolving rhyme and stars divine Have rules, and they endure. Nor less the Fleet that warred for Right, And, warring so, prevailed, …

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A poem by Herman Melville: Dirge

  Dirge We drop our dead in the sea, The bottomless, bottomless sea; Each bubble a hollow sigh, As it sinks forever and aye. We drop our dead in the sea,– The dead reek not of aught; We drop our …

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A poem by Herman Melville: Crossing The Tropics

  Crossing The Tropics From ‘The Saya-y-Manto.’ While now the Pole Star sinks from sight The Southern Cross it climbs the sky; But losing thee, my love, my light, O bride but for one bridal night, The loss no rising …

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A poem by Herman Melville: Chattanooga

  Chattanooga November, 1863 A kindling impulse seized the host Inspired by heaven’s elastic air; Their hearts outran their General’s plan, Though Grant commanded there– Grant, who without reserve can dare; And, ‘Well, go on and do your will,’ He …

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A poem by Herman Melville: Bridegroom Dick

  Bridegroom Dick 1876 Sunning ourselves in October on a day Balmy as spring, though the year was in decay, I lading my pipe, she stirring her tea, My old woman she says to me, ‘Feel ye, old man, how …

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A poem by Herman Melville: Aurora Borealis

  Aurora Borealis _Commemorative of the Dissolution of armies at the Peace_ May, 1865 What power disbands the Northern Lights After their steely play? The lonely watcher feels an awe Of Nature’s sway, As when appearing, He marked their flashed …

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A poem by Herman Melville: Art

  Art In placid hours well-pleased we dream Of many a brave unbodied scheme. But form to lend, pulsed life create, What unlike things must meet and mate: A flame to melt–a wind to freeze; Sad patience–joyous energies; Humility–yet pride …

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A poem by Herman Melville: America

  America I Where the wings of a sunny Dome expand I saw a Banner in gladsome air- Starry, like Berenice’s Hair- Afloat in broadened bravery there; With undulating long-drawn flow, As rolled Brazilian billows go Voluminously o’er the Line. …

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A poem by Herman Melville: A Requiem

  A Requiem _For Soldiers lost in Ocean Transports_ When, after storms that woodlands rue, To valleys comes atoning dawn, The robins blithe their orchard-sports renew; And meadow-larks, no more withdrawn Caroling fly in the languid blue; The while, from …

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