O, once in each man's life, at least

O, once in each man's life, at least,
Good luck knocks at his door;
And wit to seize the flitting guest
Need never to hunger more.
But while the loitering idler waits
Good luck beside his fire,
The bold heart storms at fortune's gates,
And conquers its desire.
-- Lewis J. Bates (b. 1832) - Good Luck

My candle burns at both ends

My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends- It gives a lovely light. -- Edna St. Vincent Millay

When Freedom from her mountain height

When Freedom from her mountain height
Unfurled her standard to the air.
She tore the azure robe of night,
And set the stars of glory there.
-- Joseph Drake (1795-1820)

My love is as a thing as rare

My love is as a thing as rare, As 'tis for object strange and high. It was begotten by Despair Upon Impossibility. -- Anonymous17th century, the author I've forgotten

Whate'er you dream, with doubt possessed

Whate'er you dream, with doubt possessed,
Keep, keep it snug within your breast,
And lay you down and take your rest;
Forget in sleep the doubt and pain,
And when you wake, to work again.
The wind it blows, the vessel goes,
And where and whither, no one knows.

'Twill all be well: no need of care;
Though how it will, and when, and where,
We cannot see, and can't declare.
In spite of dreams, in spite of thought,
'Tis not in vain, and not for naught,
The wind it blows, the ship it goes,
Though where and whither, no one knows
-- Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861), All is Well

I was angry with my friend

I was angry with my friend I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow. -- Songs of Experience, A Poison Tree

There is pleasure in the pathless woods

There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar;
I love not Man the less, but Nature more..
-- George Gordon, Lord Byron, _Childe Harold_, IV

For I have learmed To look on nature

For I have learmed To look on nature, not as in the hour Of thoughtless youth; but oftentimes The still sad music of humanity... -- William Wordsworth

Lives of great men all remind us

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Come live with me and be my Love

Come live with me and be my Love And we will all the pleasures prove That hills and valleys, dale and field, Or woods, or steepy mountains yield. -- Christopher Marlowe
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