Pre-20th Century Poems

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To the Memory of Mr. Oldham

By John Dryden

Farewell, too little and too lately known,
Whom I began to think and call my own;
For sure our souls were near ally'd; and thine . . .

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

By Robert Herrick

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today . . .

The Tree

By Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea


Fair tree! for thy delightful shade
'Tis just that some return be made; . . .

The Tyger

By William Blake

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
In the forests of the night; 
What immortal hand or eye,  . . .

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