ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2017-2018 competition.
The Ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet, and alone;
Though there be fury on the waves,...
We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers...
Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air, ...
Often rebuked, yet always back returning
To those first feelings that were born with me,
And leaving busy chase of wealth and learning...
Oh could I raise the darken’d veil,
Which hides my future life from me,
Could unborn ages slowly sail,...
Oh, Hope! thou soother sweet of human woes!
How shall I lure thee to my haunts forlorn!
For me wilt thou renew the withered rose,...
Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see ...
See how the orient dew,
Shed from the bosom of the morn
Into the blowing roses, ...
O what a strange parcel of creatures are we,
Scarce ever to quarrel, or even agree;
We all are alone, though at home altogether, ...
When infant Reason first exerts her sway,
And new-formed thoughts their earliest charms display;
Then let the growing race employ your care ...
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