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Emily Pfeiffer Poems
Six 14-Line Poems
I. PEACE to the odalisque, the facile slave, Whose unrespective love rewards the brave, Or cherishes the coward; she who yields
Cain And Abel
THOU, the young world's first dead, unwept shall be Through storied time, pure spirit, called to rise
HUNGER that strivest in the restless arms Of the sea-flower, that drivest rooted things To break their moorings, that unfoldest wings
A Hymn Of Praise To Death
Beautiful Death! I sing thee as one has sung Whose song like mine from the depths of his being was wrung;
SORROW, since I perforce must dwell with thee, Being as thou art, no transient guest, but bold As cunning to invade my heart, and hold
A Prayer To Athena
Athena! I, whom love did once embolden To worship in that temple wh ...
King Cophetua And The Beggar Maid
A BEGGAR maiden, poor and pale was she, In whom the King Cophetua saw his fate, And brought her in, and on a chair of state
Among The Hebrides
FROM blue Loch Carron rise white and sheer Its bare rock faces and island cones, And they glitter as frost and wind-bleached bones;
Love The Arbitrator
I am thy servant, Love, and bear thy sign, Which is to suffer; would, O Love, that thou
Quarterman’s Grace. Part I
'Twas the hour of four by Quarterman's clock Of a July day in the afternoon,— Four of the clock, not yet of the day,
Red Or White?
In a western city new-born from a withering fire, Fresh as a phœnix that rises renewed from the pyre,
Six Studies In Exotic Forms Of Verse
I.—TRIOLET. Warm from the wall she chose a peach, She took the wasps for councillors;
Song-The brooding birds are singing, lov...
The brooding birds are singing, love, And waking up the morn, And me they wake from troubled sleep To weep and pray,—to pray and weep.
To A Fledgling Robin
ROBIN, thou art too young as yet to wear The badge of robinhood in full confest— The burning breast-plate on the conscious breast—
Comments about Emily Pfeiffer
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)
(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616)
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
Edgar Allan Poe
(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849)
(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967)
(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892)
(31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821)
Six 14-Line Poems
PEACE to the odalisque, the facile slave,
Whose unrespective love rewards the brave,
Or cherishes the coward; she who yields
Her lord the fief of waste, uncultured fields
To fester in non-using; she whose hour
Is measured by her beauty's transient flower;
Who lives in man, as he in God, and dies
His parasite, who shuts her from the skies.
Graceful ephemera! Fair morning dream
Of the young world! In vain would women's hearts
In love with sacrifice, withstand the stream
Of human progress; other spheres, new parts
Await them. God be with them in their ...