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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.  1904.
Volume V. Nature
Introductory Essay
    The Poetry of Nature by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860–1943)
I. Nature’s Influence
    The world is too much with us” by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
    Earth, Ocean, Air by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
    On a Beautiful Day by John Sterling (1806–1844)
    God in Nature by Robert Browning (1812–1889)
    My heart leaps up” by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
    Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
    The Country Faith by Norman Gale (1862–1942)
    Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
    Great Nature is an army gay” by Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909)
    Come to these scenes of peace” by William Lisle Bowles (1762–1850)
    Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitude by Thomas Gray (1716–1771)
    Nature by Jones Very (1813–1880)
    Influence of Natural Objects by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
    An Indian Song by William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)
    The Tables Turned by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
    Rus in Urbe by Clement Scott (1841–1904)
    The Faun by Richard Hovey (1864–1900)
II. Light: Day: Night
    Invocation to Light by John Milton (1608–1674)
    Light by John Milton (1608–1674)
    Light by George MacDonald (1824–1905)
    The Northern Lights by Benjamin Franklin Taylor (1819–1887)
    From the “Hymn to Light” by Abraham Cowley (1618–1667)
    Daybreak by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
    Dawn by Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909)
    Morning Song by Joanna Baillie (1762–1851)
    Morning by John Cunningham (1729–1773)
    Pack clouds away” by Thomas Heywood (c. 1570–1641)
    Morning by James Beattie (1735–1803)
    Summer Rain by Hartley Coleridge (1796–1849)
    The Oasis of Sidi Khaled by Wilfred Scawen Blunt (1840–1922)
    A Midsummer’s Noon in the Australian Forest by Charles Harpur (1813–1868)
    Noontide by John Leyden (1775–1811)
    A Summer Noon by William Howitt (1792–1879)
    The midges dance aboon the burn” by Robert Tannahill (1774–1810)
    Sunset by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
    Fancy in Nubibus by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
    Day is Dying” by George Eliot (Mary Ann Cross) (1819–1880)
    The End of the Day by Duncan Campbell Scott (1862–1947)
    Evening by Archibald Lampman (1861–1899)
    A Twilight Fancy by Dora Read Goodale (1866–1953)
    To the Evening Star by Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
    The Evening Wind by William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
    Evening in Paradise by John Milton (1608–1674)
    Evening by Lord Byron (1788–1824)
    Moonlight on the Prairie by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
    To Delia by Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
    The Camp at Night by Homer (fl. 850 B.C.)
    To Night by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
    Night by Joseph Blanco White (1775–1841)
    Night by Lord Byron (1788–1824)
    Night by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
    Hymn to the Night by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
    In the wide awe and wisdom of the night” by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860–1943)
III. The Seasons
    A Hymn by James Thomson (1700–1748)
    March by William Morris (1834–1896)
    When the hounds of spring” by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
    March by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
    Spring, the sweet spring” by Thomas Nashe (1567–1601)
    Return of Spring by Pierre de Ronsard (1524–1585)
    Spring by Thomas Gray (1716–1771)
    Summer Longings by Denis Florence Mac Carthy (1817–1882)
    Sweetly breathing, vernal air” by Thomas Carew (1595?–1639?)
    Home Thoughts from Abroad by Robert Browning (1812–1889)
    May Morning by Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835–1894)
    Song on May Morning by John Milton (1608–1674)
    Spring in Carolina by Henry Timrod (1828–1867)
    Spring by Ebenezer Elliott (1781–1849)
    Die down, O dismal day” by David Gray (1838–1861)
    Morning in May by Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400)
    Cuckoo Song—Anonymous
    Spring by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    Betrothed Anew by Edmund Clarence Stedman (1833–1908)
    The Ploughman by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)
    The Plough by Richard Henry Hengist Horne (1802–1884)
    They come! the merry summer months” by William Motherwell (1797–1835)
    Song of the Summer Winds by George Darley (1795–1846)
    A Drop of Dew by Andrew Marvell (1621–1678)
    June by William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
    The Story of a Summer Day by Alexander Hume (1560?–1609)
    Knee-deep in June” by James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)
    Ballade of Midsummer Days and Nights by William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)
    Invocation to Rain in Summer by William Cox Bennett (1820–1895)
    Rain in Summer by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
    Before the Rain by Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)
    Signs of Rain by Dr. Edward Jenner
    Summer Storm by James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)
    After the Rain by Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)
    A Storm in the Distance by Paul Hamilton Hayne (1830–1886)
    Rain by Ebenezer Jones (1820–1860)
    The Dancing of the Air by Sir John Davies (1570–1626)
    Wicklow Winds by George Francis Savage-Armstrong (1845–1906)
    Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
    The Cloud Chorus by Aristophanes (c. 448–c. 388 B.C.)
    The Cloud by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
    Summer Moods by John Clare (1793–1864)
    In Praise of Angling by Sir Henry Wotton (1568–1639)
    The Angler’s Wish by Izaak Walton (1593–1683)
    The Angler by John Chalkhill (fl. 1600?)
    Swimming by Lord Byron (1788–1824)
    The Pleasure-Boat by Richard Henry Dana, Sr. (1787–1879)
    The Solitary Woodsman by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860–1943)
    September by George Arnold (1834–1865)
    The Latter Rain by Jones Very (1813–1880)
    To Autumn by John Keats (1795–1821)
    Harvest Song by Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty (1748–1776)
    Life in the Autumn Woods by Philip Pendleton Cooke (1816–1850)
    Hunting Song by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
    The Hunter’s Song by Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
    The Hunted Squirrel by William Browne (c. 1590–c. 1645)
    A hunting we will go” by Henry Fielding (1707–1754)
    The Stag Hunt by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
    The Stag Hunt by James Thomson (1700–1748)
    The Old Squire by Wilfred Scawen Blunt (1840–1922)
    Indian Summer by John Banister Tabb (1845–1909)
    No! by Thomas Hood (1799–1845)
    When the frost is on the punkin” by James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)
    Autumn: A Dirge by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
    When icicles hang by the wall” by William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
    Winter by Matthias Claudius (1740–1815)
    Frost by Edith Matilda Thomas (1854–1925)
    Snow-Flakes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
    December by Joel Benton (1832–1911)
    Snow-Flakes by Mary Mapes Dodge (1831–1905)
    The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
    The Snow-Storm by Ethelwyn Wetherald (1857–1940)
    The Snow-Shower by William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
    The Snowing of the Pines” by Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823–1911)
    A Snow-Storm by Charles Gamage Eastman (1816–1860)
    Winter by John Howard Bryant (1807–1902)
    Winter Scenes by James Thomson (1700–1748)
    Winter Song by Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty (1748–1776)
    Winter Morning by William Cowper (1731–1800)
    Sleigh Song by G. W. Pettee
    Our Skater Belle—Anonymous
    O winter! wilt thou never, never go?” by David Gray (1838–1861)
    A Song of Seasons by Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald (1864–1922)
IV. Inland Waters: Highlands
    The Valley Brook by John Howard Bryant (1807–1902)
    Song of the Brook by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    The Shaded Water by William Gilmore Simms (1806–1870)
    A Farewell by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    The Birch Stream by Anna Boynton Averill (1843–1915)
    Song of the River by Charles Kingsley (1819–1875)
    Afton Water by Robert Burns (1759–1796)
    The Snows by Charles Sangster (1822–1893)
    My River by Eduard Mörike (1804–1875)
    On the Rhine by William Lisle Bowles (1762–1850)
    Oxus by Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)
    The Fall of Niagara by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard (1795–1828)
    To Seneca Lake by James Gates Percival (1795–1856)
    The Bugle by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)
    Calm on Lake Leman by Lord Byron (1788–1824)
    The Silence of the Hills by William Prescott Foster (b. 1856)
    Storm in the Alps by Lord Byron (1788–1824)
    Dover Cliff by William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
    Choral Song by Euripides (c. 480–406 B.C.)
    An Alpine Descent by Samuel Rogers (1763–1855)
    Mont Blanc yet gleams on high” by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
V. Trees: Flowers: Plants
    The Primeval Forest by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
    The Greenwood Tree by William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
    The Wind and the Pine-Tree by Sir Henry Taylor (1800–1886)
    The Brave Old Oak by Henry Fothergill Chorley (1808–1872)
    The Holly-Tree by Robert Southey (1774–1843)
    A Forest Hymn by William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
    The Arab to the Palm by Bayard Taylor (1825–1878)
    The Palm-Tree by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
    The Grape-Vine Swing by William Gilmore Simms (1806–1870)
    The Planting of the Apple-Tree by William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
    Among the Redwoods by Edward Rowland Sill (1841–1887)
    The Voice of the Grass by Sarah Roberts Boyle (1812–1869)
    Flowers by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
    The Use of Flowers by Mary Howitt (1799–1888)
    Hymn to the Flowers by Horace Smith (1779–1849)
    The Life of Flowers by Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
    The Early Primrose by Henry Kirke White (1785–1806)
    To Daffodils by Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
    Daffodils by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
    To the Dandelion by James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)
    Trailing Arbutus by Rose Terry Cooke (1827–1892)
    The Woodspurge by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)
    The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
    Early June by Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)
    To Violets by Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
    A September Violet by Robert Underwood Johnson (1853–1937)
    The Wreath by Meleager of Gadara (1st Century B.C.)
    The Death of the Flowers by William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
    Sunrise: A Hymn of the Marshes by Sidney Lanier (1842–1881)
    The Ivy Green by Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
    The Mountain Fern by Arthur Gerald Geoghegan (1810–1889)
    The Maize by William Whiteman Fosdick (1825–1862)
    The Pumpkin by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
    The Question by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
    Sassafras by Samuel Minturn Peck (1854–1938)
    The Daisy by Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400)
    To a Mountain Daisy by Robert Burns (1759–1796)
    To Blossoms by Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
    The Mariposa Lily by Ina Donna Coolbrith (1841–1928)
    The Water-Lily by John Banister Tabb (1845–1909)
    Copa de Oro by Ina Donna Coolbrith (1841–1928)
    The Moss Rose by Friedrich Adolf Krummacher (1767–1845)
    Flowers by Thomas Hood (1799–1845)
    “’T is the last rose of summer” by Thomas Moore (1779–1852)
    To the Fringed Gentian by William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
    The Sea-Poppy by Robert Bridges (1844–1930)
    Goldenrod by Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863–1953)
VI. Animate Nature
    The First Blue-Bird by James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)
    Birds by James Montgomery (1771–1854)
    To the Cuckoo by John Logan (1748–1788)
    To the Cuckoo by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
    Hark, hark! the lark” by William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
    The Lark Ascending by George Meredith (1828–1909)
    To the Skylark by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
    To the Skylark by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
    The Skylark by James Hogg (1770–1835)
    The Little Beach Bird by Richard Henry Dana, Sr. (1787–1879)
    The Sandpiper by Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835–1894)
    To a Waterfowl by William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
    To the Nightingale by John Milton (1608–1674)
    The Nightingale’s Song by Richard Crashaw (c. 1613–1649)
    Philomena by Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)
    Unmusical Birds by William Cowper (1731–1800)
    Robert of Lincoln by William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
    The O’Lincoln Family by Wilson Flagg (1805–1884)
    To the Lapland Longspur by John Burroughs (1837–1921)
    The Bobolinks by Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813–1892)
    The Mocking-Bird by Frank Lebby Stanton (1857–1927)
    The Blackbird by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    The Eagle by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    The Owl by Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
    The Dying Swan by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    The Heath-Cock by Joanna Baillie (1762–1851)
    The Belfry Pigeon by Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806–1867)
    The English Robin by Harrison Weir (1824–1906)
    Asian Birds by Robert Bridges (1844–1930)
    The Scarlet Tanager by Joel Benton (1832–1911)
    The Winged Worshippers by Charles Sprague (1791–1875)
    The Departure of the Swallow by William Howitt (1792–1879)
    The Flight of the Geese by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860–1943)
    Lines to the Stormy Petrel—Anonymous
    Ode to Mother Carey’s Chicken by Theodore Watts-Dunton (1832–1914)
    The Grasshopper and Cricket by John Keats (1795–1821)
    To the Grasshopper and Cricket by Leigh Hunt (1784–1859)
    A Soliloquy by Walter Harte (1709–1774)
    To an Insect by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)
    The Fly by William Oldys (1696–1761)
    To the Humblebee by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
    Wild Honey by Maurice Thompson (1844–1901)
    A More Ancient Mariner by Bliss Carman (1861–1929)
    To a Louse by Robert Burns (1759–1796)
    To a Mouse by Robert Burns (1759–1796)
    The Housekeeper by Charles Lamb (1775–1834)
    Remonstrance with the Snails—Anonymous
    The Tiger by William Blake (1757–1827)
    The Lion’s Ride by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810–1876)
    Fodder-Time by Elisabeth, Queen of Roumania (Carmen Sylva) (1843–1916)
    The Ox by Giosuè Carducci (1835–1907)
    Folding the Flocks by Francis Beaumont (1584–1616) and John Fletcher (1579–1625)
    Beth Gêlert by William Robert Spencer (1770–1834)
    To a Dog’s Memory by Louise Imogen Guiney (1861–1920)
    Helvellyn by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
    The Arab to his Favorite Steed by Caroline Elizabeth Sarah (Sheridan) Norton (1808–1877)
    The Blood Horse by Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
    The Chariot of Cuchullin—Anonymous
    Chiquita by Bret Harte (1836–1902)
VII. The Sea
    The Sea by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
    The Sea by Lord Byron (1788–1824)
    The Sea by Bernard Barton (1784–1849)
    The Disappointed Lover by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
    Ocean by Robert Pollok (c. 1798–1827)
    The Sea by Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
    Address to the Ocean by Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
    The Gravedigger by Bliss Carman (1861–1929)
    The Treasures of the Deep by Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793–1835)
    Flotsam and Jetsam—Anonymous
    A Forsaken Garden by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
    Gulf-Weed by Cornelius George Fenner (1822–1847)
    Sea-Weed by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
    The Coral Insect by Lydia Huntley Sigourney (1791–1865)
    The Coral Reef by James Montgomery (1771–1854)
    The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)
    A wet sheet and a flowing sea” by Allan Cunningham (1784–1842)
    Song of the Emigrants in Bermuda by Andrew Marvell (1621–1678)
    My Brigantine by James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851)
    The Heaving of the Lead by Charles Dibdin (1745–1814)
    The Minute-Gun by R. S. Sharpe (1759–1835)
    All ’s Well by Thomas Dibdin (1771–1841)
    The Bay of Biscay by Andrew Cherry (1762–1812)
    Tom Bowling by Charles Dibdin (1745–1814)
    Ye Mariners of England” by Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
    The White Squall by Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
    Our boat to the waves” by William Ellery Channing (1818–1901)
    A life on the ocean wave” by Epes Sargent (1813–1880)
    To Sea! by Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803–1849)
    Twilight at Sea by Amelia B. Welby (1819–1852)
    Tacking Ship Off-Shore by Walter Mitchell (b. c. 1825)
    The Storm by George Alexander Stevens (1710–1784)
    The Wreck by Lord Byron (1788–1824)
    The Shipwreck by William Falconer (1732–1769)
    The Rock and the Sea by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935)
    The Polar Quest by Richard Burton (1861–1940)
    The Shore by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860–1943)
    The Kearsarge by James Jeffrey Roche (1847–1908)
    The Buoy-Bell by Charles Tennyson Turner (1808–1879)
    Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)
    With a Nantucket Shell by Charles Henry Webb (1834–1905)
    The Sea Shell by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
    The Shell by Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
    Hampton Beach by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
    Among the Rocks by Robert Browning (1812–1889)
    The Inchcape Rock by Robert Southey (1774–1843)
    How ’s my boy?” by Sydney Dobell (1824–1874)
    The Sailor’s Consolation by William Pitt (d. 1840)
    Poor Jack by Charles Dibdin (1745–1814)
    The Mariner’s Dream by William Dimond (fl. 1800–1830)
    The Sea-Limits by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)



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