English Romantic Writers

Edited by David Perkins

New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1967

Go to the Second Edition.






from The Borough
Abel Keene
from Tales in Verse
The Frank Courtship




from Poetical Sketches
To Spring
To Summer
To Autumn
To Winter
Song (How sweet I roam'd from field to field)
Song (My silks and fine array)
Song (Love and harmony combine)
Song (Memory, hither come)
Mad Song
To the Muses

There Is No Natural Religion (First Series)

There is No Natural Religion (Second Series)

All Religions Are One

Songs of Innocence
Introduction (Piping down the valleys wild)
The Ecchoing Green
The Lamb
The Shepherd
Infant Joy
The Little Black Boy
Laughing Song
A Cradle Song (Sweet dreams, form a shade)
Nurse's Song
Holy Thursday ('Twas on a Holy Thursday, their innocent faces clean)
The Blossom
The Chimney Sweeper (When my mother died I was very young)
The Divine Image (To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love)
A Dream
On Another's Sorrow
The Little Boy Lost ("Father! father! where are you going?)
The Little Boy Found
Songs of Experience
Introduction (Hear the voice of the Bard!)
Earth's Answer
Nurse's Song
The Fly
The Tyger
The Little Girl Lost (In Futurity)
The Little Girl Found
The Clod and the Pebble
The Little Vagabond
Holy Thursday (Is this a holy thing to see)
A Poison Tree
The Angel
The Sick Rose
To Tirzah
The Voice of the Ancient Bard
My Pretty Rose Tree
Ah! Sun-flower
The Lilly
The Garden of Love
A Little Boy Lost ("Nought loves another as itself)
Infant Sorrow
The Schoolboy
A Little Girl Lost (Children of the future Age)
The Chimney Sweeper (A little black thing among the snow)
The Human Abstract

A Divine Image (Cruelty has a Human Heart)

Love's Secret

A Cradle Song (Sleep! Sleep! beauty bright)

The Book of Thel

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
The Argument
The Voice of the Devil
A Memorable Fancy (As I was walking among the fires of hell)
Proverbs of Hell
A Memorable Fancy (The Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel dined with me)
A Memorable Fancy (I was in a Printing house in Hell)
A Memorable Fancy (An Angel came to me)
A Memorable Fancy (Once I saw a Devil in a flame of fire)

A Song of Liberty

America: A Prophecy
A Prophecy

The Book of Urizen

The Book of Ahania

from The Four Zoas
Night the Ninth

Mock On, Mock On, Voltaire, Rousseau

The Mental Traveller

The Crystal Cabinet

Auguries of Innocence

Milton: A Poem in 2 Books to Justify the Ways of God to Men
Book the First
Book the Second
from Jerusalem
To the Jews
To the Deists
To the Christians

from A Descriptive Catalogue

from Public Address

from A Vision of the Last Judgment

To the Revd. Dr. Trusler, August 23, 1709
To William Hayley, May 6, 1800
To Thomas Butts, November 22, 1802
To Thomas Butts, July 6, 1803
To William Hayley, October 7, 1803
To George Cumberland, April 12, 1827




from Descriptive Sketches

Guilt and Sorrow

The Old Cumberland Beggar

The Reverie of Poor Susan

A Night-Piece

from Lyrical Ballads (1798)
Lines: Left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree
Goody Blake and Harry Gill
To My Sister
Simon Lee
Anecdote for Fathers
We Are Seven
Lines Written in Early Spring
The Thorn
The Last of the Flock
Her Eyes Are Wild
The Idiot Boy
Expostulation and Reply
The Tables Turned
Lines: Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey

There Was a Boy


from The Prelude: or Growth of a Poet's Mind
Book First: Introduction--Childhood and School-Time
Book Second: School-Time (continued)
from Book Third: Residence at Cambridge
Book Fourth: Summer Vacation
from Book Fifth: Books
from Book Sixth: Cambridge and the Alps
from Book Seventh: Residence in London
from Book Eighth: Retrospect--Love of Nature Leading to Love of Man
from Book Tenth: Residence in France
from Book Eleventh: France
from Book Twelfth: Imagination and Taste, How Impaired and Restored
from Book Thirteenth: Imagination and Taste, How Impaired and Restored (concluded)
from Book Fourteenth: Conclusion

She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways

I Travelled Among Unkown Men

Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known

Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower

A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal

Lucy Gray; or, Solitude


The Two April Mornings

The Fountain

A Poet's Epitaph

Hart-Leap Well

The Childless Father


The Sparrow's Nest

The Sailor's Mother

Alice Fell; or, Poverty

To a Butterfly (Stay near me--do not take thy flight)

To the Cuckoo

My Heart Leaps up When I Behold

Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood

Written in March

To a Sky-Lark (Up with me! up with me into the clouds!)

To a Butterfly (I've watched you now a full half-hour)

To H. C.

Resolution and Independence

1801 (I grieved for Buonaparté, with a vain)

It Is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free

Composed by the Sea-Side, near Calais, August, 1802

Calais, August, 1802

On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic

To Toussaint L'Ouverture

September, 1802. Near Dover

Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Written in London, September, 1802

London, 1802

Great Men Have Been Among Us; Hands That Penned

When I Have Borne in Memory What Has Tamed

It Is Not to Be Thought of That the Flood

With Ships the Sea Was Sprinkled Far and Nigh

The World is Too Much with Use; Late and Soon

Methought I Saw the Footsteps of a Throne

Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent's Narrow Room

Scorn Not the Sonnet; Critic, You Have Frowned

Personal Talk


The Green Linnet

Ode to Duty

The Small Celandine

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

She Was a Phantom of Delight

Elegaic Stanzas Suggested by a Picture of Peele Castle

Stepping Westward

The Solitary Reaper

Character of the Happy Warrior

Composed by the Side of Grasmere Lake

Surprised by Joy--Impatient as the Wind


from The Excursion
Book First
from Book Second
from Book Third
from Book Fourth


Inside of King's College Chapel, Cambridge


To a Skylark (Ethereal minstrel! pilgrim of the sky!)

Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg

So Fair, So Sweet, Withall So Sensitive

Preface to the Second Edition of the Lyrical Ballads (1800)


from Preface to the Edition of 1815 (of Poems)

Essay Supplementary to the Preface of 1815

Letters of Wordsworth and His Family
Dorothy Wordsworth to Mary Hutchinson (?), June, 1797
W. W. to Charles James Fox, January 14, 1801
W. W. to John Wilson, June, 1802
W. W. to Sara Hutchinson, June 14, 1802
W. W. to Thomas De Quincey, July 29, 1803
Richard Wordsworth to W. W., February 7, 1805
W. W. to R. W., February 11, 1805
W. W. to Lady Beaumont, May 21, 1807


from Grasmere Journal


from Review of Poems by George Crabbe

from Review of The Excursion


from Reminiscences of Wordsworth Among the Peasantry of Westmoreland


from Autobiography (1885)


from Reminiscences (1881)




from The Lay of the Last Minstrel
from Canto VI
Hunting Song
from Marmion
Where Shall the Lover Rest
from Introduction to Canto Sixth
from The Lady of the Lake
Hail to the Chief
Hymn to the Virgin
from Rokeby
The Rover's Farewell

And What Though Winter Will Pinch Severe

Proud Maisie

Glee for King Charles




Sonnet: To the River Otter

Lines: To a Beautiful Spring in a Village


To a Young Ass

To the Rev. W. L. Bowles

The Eolian Harp

Reflections on Having Left a Place of Retirement

Ode to the Departing Year

This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


Frost at Midnight

France: An Ode

Lewti; or The Circassian Love-Chaunt

Fears in Solitude

The Nightingale

The Ballad of the Dark Ladié

Kubla Khan; or, a Vision in a Dream

To Asra

Dejection: An Ode

Hymn Before Sun-Rise, in the Vale of Chamouni

The Pains of Sleep


What Is Life?

To William Wordsworth

Human Life


Ne Plus Ultra

The Knight's Tomb

On Donne's Poetry

Work Without Hope

Constancy to an Ideal Object

Phantom or Fact





from On the Principles of Genial Criticism
Essay Third
from Biographia Literaria
from Chapter IV
from Chapter XIII
Chapter XIV
Chapter XV
Chapter XVII
from Chapter XX
Chapter XXII

On Poesy or Art

from Shakespearean Criticism
The Character of Hamlet
Stage Illusion
Ancient and Modern Art
Mechanic and Organic Form
Poetry is Ideal
The Grandest Efforts of Poetry
from The Statesman's Manual
Symbol and Allegory
Satanic Self-Idolatry
from The Friend
His Prose Style
On Radicals and Republicans
The Speech of Educated Men
from Essays on His Own Times
William Pitt the Younger
from Aids to Reflection
Aphorism I
Aphorism XVIII
Aphorism XIX
On Sensibility
Aphorism XXVII
Mystics and Mysticism
from Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
July 2, 1830
July 27, 1830
September 21, 1830
September 28, 1830
July 21, 1832
August 6, 1832
April 7, 1833
July 3, 1833
June 28, 1834

from Anima Poetae

To John Thelwall, November 19, 1796
To John Thelwall, December 17, 1796
To Joseph Cottle, c. July 3, 1797
To John Thelwall, October 14, 1797
To Humphry Davy, February 3, 1801
To Thomas Poole, March 16, 1801
To Thomas Poole, March 23, 1801
To William Godwin, March 25, 1801
To William Godwin, January 22, 1802
To William Sotheby, July 13, 1802
To William Sotheby, July 19, 1802
To Robert Southey, August 14, 1803
To Thomas Wedgwood, September 16, 1803
To Thomas Poole, October 14, 1803
To Thomas Clarkson, October 13, 1806
To Thomas Poole, January 28, 1810
To Joseph Cottle, April 26, 1814
To William Wordsworth, May 30, 1815
To Daniel Stuart, May 13, 1816
To William Sotheby, November 9, 1828




The Battle of Blenheim

My Days Among the Dead Are Past

The Cataract of Lodore

from The Life of Horatio, Lord Nelson
from The Battle of Trafalgar
from The Life of Wesley
Wesley's Death




Rose Aylmer

Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel

A Fiesolan Idyl

Pleasure! Why Thus Desert the Heart




So Late Removed

Past Ruined Ilion Helen Lives

Mild Is the Parting Year

Epitaph at Fiesolè

The Maid's Lament

The Hamadryad

Twenty Years Hence My Eyes May Grow

Death Stands Above Me

Dying Speech of an Old Philosopher

Well I Remember How You Smiled

from Imaginary Conversations
from Southey and Porson
Epictetus and Seneca
Peter the Great and Alexis




The Old Familiar Faces

Parental Recollections

Written at Cambridge

On the Tragedies of Shakespeare

Christ's Hospital Five and Thirty Years Ago

New Year's Eve


A Dissertation upon Roast Pig

Old China

To William Wordsworth, January 30, 1801
To Thomas Manning, February 15, 1801
To Thomas Manning, September 24, 1802




from The Pleasures of Hope
Hope Abideth

Ye Mariners of England


The Battle of the Baltic

The Last Man




from Essay on the Principles of Human Action

from Observations on Mr. Wordsworth's Poem The Excursion

from On the Character of Rousseau

On Gusto

from Lectures on the English Poets
On Shakespeare and Milton
from On the Living Poets

On Wit and Humour

On Genius and Common Sense

The Same Subject Continued

On Reading Old Books

The Fight

My First Acquaintance with Poets

from The Spirit of the Age
Mr. Coleridge
Lord Byron




from National Airs
Oft, in the Stilly Night
Hark! The Vesper Hymn Is Stealing
from Lalla Rookh
The Light of the Haram
from Irish Melodies
The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls
Let Erin Remember the Days of Old
Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms
She Is Far from the Land
Dear Harp of My Country

Letter to His Mother, July 24, 1804




To Hampstead

from The Story of Rimini
from Canto III

To the Grasshopper and the Cricket

The Nile

On a Lock of Milton's Hair

Abou Ben Adhem


from What is Poetry?

Proem to Selections from Keats

from Lord Byron and Some of His Contemporaries




from Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
from The Pleasures of Opium
from The Pains of Opium

On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth

from Recollections of Charles Lamb

from Suspira de Profundis
Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow

from Joan of Arc

Literature of Knowledge and Literature of Power

from The English Mail-Coach
Section II--The Vision of Sudden Death
Section III--Dream-Fugue




The Four Ages of Poetry



from Autobiography




Lachin y Gair

When We Two Parted

from English Bards and Scotch Reviewers

Written After Swimming from Sestos to Abydos

Maid of Athens, Ere We Part

She Walks in Beauty

Oh! Snatch'd away in Beauty's Bloom

My Soul is Dark

Song of Saul Before His Last Battle

The Destruction of Sennacherib

Stanzas for Music (There's not a joy the world can give)

Sonnet on Chillon

Fare Thee Well

Stanzas to Augusta

Stanzas for Music (There be none of Beauty's daughters)



from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
from Canto III
from Canto IV

Manfred: A Dramatic Poem

So, We'll Go No More A-Roving

My Boat Is on the Shore

from Don Juan
Canto the First
from Canto the Second
from Canto the Third
from Canto the Fourth
from Canto the Eleventh
from Canto the Twelfth
from Canto the Fourteenth
from Canto the Fifteenth
Canto the Sixteenth

The Vision of Judgment

On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year

To Francis Hodgson, July 16, 1809
To His Mother, November 12, 1809
To Francis Hodgson, September 3, 1811
To Thomas Moore, September 20, 1814
To The Countess of ---, October 5, 1814
To S. T. Coleridge, October 18, 1815
To Leigh Hunt, September-October 30, 1815
To John Murray, November 25, 1816
To John Murray, May 9, 1817
To John Murray, September 15, 1817
To John Murray, October 12, 1817
To Hobhouse, November 11, 1818
To John Murray, January 25, 1819
To John Murray, April 6, 1819
To John Murray, May 15, 1819
To John Murray, June 7, 1819
To The Hon. Augusta Leigh, July 26, 1819
To John Murray, August 29, 1819
To Kinnaird, October 26, 1819
To John Murray, February 21, 1820
To Richard Belgrave Hoppner, April 22, 1820
To John Murray, February 16, 1821
To Percy Bysshe Shelley, April 26, 1821
To John Murray, September 24, 1821
To Thomas Moore, March 4, 1822
To Lady ---, November 10, 1822
To Henri Beyle, May 29, 1823
To Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, July 24, 1823
To The Countess Guiccioli, October 7-29, 1823
To Hobhouse, October 27, 1823
To Thomas Moore, December 27, 1823
To His Highness Yusuff Pasha, January 23, 1824
To The Hon. August Leigh, February 23, 1824


from Recollections




Stanzas: April, 1814

To Wordsworth

Alastor; or the Spirit of Solitude

Mont Blanc

Hymn to Intellectual Beauty


Lines Written Among the Euganean Hills

from Julian and Maddalo: A Conversation

Stanzas: Written in Dejection, Near Naples

Sonnet: Lift Not the Painted Veil

Prometheus Unbound: A Lyrical Drama

Sonnet: England in 1819

Song to the Men of England

The Mask of Anarchy

Ode to the West Wind

The Indian Serenade

Love's Philosophy

The Sensitive Plant

The Cloud

To a Skylark


Hymn of Apollo

Hymn of Pan

To --- (I fear thy kisses, gentle maiden)

The Two Spirits: An Allegory


Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats

To Night


To --- (Music, when soft voices die)

Song (Rarely, rarely, comest thou)


A Lament

Sonnet: Political Greatness

from Hellas
Life May Change, but It May Fly Not
Worlds on Worlds Are Rolling Ever
The World's Great Age Begins Anew

Lines: "When the Lamp Is Shattered"

To Jane: The Invitation

To Jane: "The Keen Stars Were Twinkling"

With a Guitar, to Jane

A Dirge

The Triumph of Life

On Life

On Love

from Essay on Christianity

A Defence of Poetry

To William Godwin, January 10, 1812
To Thomas Love Peacock, December 17 or 18, 1818
To Mary Shelley, August 10, 1821
To Lord Byron, October 21, 1821
To John Gisborne, June 18, 1822


from Recollections




Impromptu on Winter

Song (One gloomy eve I roam'd about)

Pastoral Poesy

Winter Walk

The Vixen

The Badger

The Peasant Poet

Eternity of Nature

Poets Love Nature

Little Trotty Wagtail

Love of Nature


Secret Love

Stanzas (Black absence hides upon the past)

I Lost the Love of Heaven

Invitation to Eternity

I Am

John Clare




Imitation of Spenser

To Byron

To Solitude

How Many Bards

To One Who Has Been Long in City Pent

To Charles Cowden Clarke

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer

Addressed to Haydon

On the Grasshopper and the Cricket

Keen, Fitful Gusts

I Stood Tip-Toe

Sleep and Poetry

After Dark Vapours

On Seeing the Elgin Marbles

On the Sea

from Endymion: A Poetic Romance
Book I

In Drear-nighted December

On Seeing a Lock of Milton's Hair

On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again

When I Have Fears

God of the Meridian

Lines on the Mermaid Tavern

What the Thrush Said

The Human Seasons

To Homer

from Epistle to John Hamilton Reynolds

Isabella; or, the Pot of Basil

Fragment of an Ode to Maia

On Visiting the Tomb of Burns

Old Meg

The Poet

Book I
Book II
Book III


Ode [Bards of Passion]

The Eve of St. Agnes

The Eve of St. Mark

Why Did I Laugh?

On a Dream

La Belle Dame sans Merci

On Fame

On the Sonnet

To Sleep

Ode to Psyche

Ode to a Nightingale

Ode on a Grecian Urn

Ode on Melancholy

Ode on Indolence

Part I
Part II
The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream
Canto I
Canto II

To Autumn

The Day Is Gone

I Cry Your Mercy

Bright Star

This Living Hand

To J. H. Reynolds, April 17-18, 1817
To B. R. Haydon, May 10-11, 1817
To J. H. Reynolds, November 22, 1817
To Benjamin Bailey, November 22, 1817
To George and Tom Keats, December 21-27, 1817
To J. H. Reynolds, February 3, 1818
To J. H. Reynolds, February 19, 1818
To John Taylor, February 27, 1818
To Benjamin Bailey, March 13, 1818
To B. R. Haydon, April 8, 1818
To John Taylor, April 24, 1818
To J. H. Reynolds, May 3, 1818
To Tom Keats, June 25-27, 1818
To Fanny Keats, July 2-5, 1818
To J. A. Hessey, October 8, 1818
To Richard Woodhouse, October 27, 1818
To George and Georgiana Keats, December 16, 1818-January 4, 1819
To George and Georgiana Keats, February 14-May 3, 1819
To Fanny Keats, May 1, 1819
To Sarah Jeffrey, May 31, 1819
To Sarah Jeffrey, June 9, 1819
To J. H. Reynolds, July 11, 1819
To Fanny Brawne, July 25, 1819
To Benjamin Bailey, August 14, 1819
To J. H. Reynolds, September 21, 1819
To Richard Woodhouse, September 21-22, 1819
To Charles Brown, September 23, 1819
To George and Georgiana Keats, September 17-27, 1819
To John Taylor, November 17, 1819
To James Rice, February 14-16, 1820
To Fanny Brawne, February (?) 1820
To Fanny Brawne, February 24(?), 1820
To Fanny Brawne, March 25, 1820
To Percy Bysshe Shelley, August 16, 1820
To Charles Brown, November 30, 1820
Joseph Severn to Charles Brown, February 27, 1821


from Recollections of Writers


from Reminiscences of Keats


Letter to John Taylor, October 1818

Criticism of a Sonnet by Keats


from On the Cockney School of Poetry




from The Bride's Tragedy
Poor Old Pilgrim Misery
A Ho! A Ho!

Lines: Written in a Blank Leaf of the "Prometheus Unbound"

from The Second Brother
Strew Not the Earth with Empty Stars
from Torrismond
How Many Times Do I Love Thee, Dear?
from Death's Jest Book
To Sea, To Sea!
The Swallow Leaves Her Nest
If Thou Wilt Ease Thine Heart

Old Adam, the Carrion Crow


Let Dew the Flowers Fill



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