He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven – W.B. Yeats

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

“He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven”

—written by W.B. Yeats, narrated by Jordan Harling.
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Extract from ‘The Prelude’ – William Wordsworth

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One summer evening (led by her) I found
A little boat tied to a willow tree
Within a rocky cove, its usual home.
Straight I unloosed her chain, and stepping in Continue reading Extract from ‘The Prelude’ – William Wordsworth

The Farmer’s Bride – Charlotte Mew

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Three summers since I chose a maid,
Too young maybe—but more’s to do
At harvest-time than bide and woo.
When us was wed she turned Continue reading The Farmer’s Bride – Charlotte Mew

Prometheus – Lord Byron

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Titan! to whose immortal eyes
The sufferings of mortality,
Seen in their sad reality,
Were not as things that gods despise; Continue reading Prometheus – Lord Byron

All the world’s a stage – William Shakespeare

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All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,

Continue reading All the world’s a stage – William Shakespeare

My Last Duchess – Robert Browning

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That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall,
Looking as if she were alive. I call
That piece a wonder, now; Fra Pandolf’s hands
Worked busily a day, and there she stands. Continue reading My Last Duchess – Robert Browning