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By Edmund Waller

Go, lovely rose!
Tell her that wastes her time and me,
That now she knows, . . .

Song After Campion

By Robert Fitzgerald

Ravished lute, sing to her virgin ears,   
Soft notes thy strings repeating;
Plucked harp, whose amorous song she hears,    . . .

Song for the Last Act

By Louise Bogan

Now that I have your face by heart, I look   
Less at its features than its darkening frame   
Where quince and melon, yellow as young flame,    . . .

Song: Go and catch a falling star

By John Donne

Go and catch a falling star,
    Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me where all past years are, . . .

Song in a Minor Key

By Dorothy Parker

There's a place I know where the birds swing low,
      And wayward vines go roaming,
Where the lilacs nod, and a marble god . . .

a song in the front yard

By Gwendolyn Brooks

I’ve stayed in the front yard all my life.
I want a peek at the back
Where it’s rough and untended and hungry weed grows.    . . .

Song of Myself: 35

By Walt Whitman

Would you hear of an old-time sea-fight?
Would you learn who won by the light of the moon and stars?
List to the yarn, as my grandmother’s father the sailor told it to me. . . .

Song of the Powers

By David Mason

Mine, said the stone,
mine is the hour.
I crush the scissors, . . .

Song of the Shattering Vessels

By Peter Cole

Either the world is coming together,
or else the world is falling apart —
     here — now — along these letters, . . .

The Song of the Smoke

By W. E. B. Du Bois

I am the Smoke King
I am black!
I am swinging in the sky, . . .