Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel."
Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure ... more »
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Mark Twain Poems
Warm Summer Sun
Warm summer sun, Shine kindly here, Warm southern wind, Blow softly here.
Genius, like gold and precious stones, is chiefly prized because of its rarity.
O Lord, Our Father
O Lord, our father, Our young patriots, idols of our hearts, Go forth to battle - be Thou near them! With them, in spirit, we also go forth
Good-bye! a kind good-bye, I bid you now, my friend, And though 'tis sad to speak the word, To destiny I bend
Those Annual Bills
These annual bills! these annual bills! How many a song their discord trills Of 'truck' consumed, enjoyed, forgot, Since I was skinned by last year's lot!
Ode To Stephen Dowling Bots, Dec'd
And did young Stephen sicken, And did young Stephen die? And did the sad hearts thicken, And did the mourners cry?
The Aged Pilot Man
On the Erie Canal, it was, All on a summer's day, I sailed forth with my parents Far away to Albany.
A Sweltering Day In Australia
The Bombola faints in the hot Bowral tree, Where fierce Mullengudgery's smothering fires Far from the breezes of Coolgardie Burn ghastly and blue as the day expires;
A Man Hired by John Smith and Co
A man hired by John Smith and Co. Loudly declared that he'd tho. Men that he saw Dumping dirt near his door
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Warm Summer Sun
Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night.