“All Things Decay and Die” — Robert Herrick

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“Holy Thursday” (Experience) — William Blake

“Welt” — Georgia Douglas Johnson


“Dreams” — Robert Herrick


Exercises on the Moods

(From An English Grammar, Baskervill & Sewell, 1895):

Exercises on the Moods.

(a) Tell the mood of each verb in these sentences, and what special use it is of that mood:—

1. Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart and her prayers be.

2. Mark thou this difference, child of earth! / While each performs his part, / Not all the lip can speak is worth / The silence of the heart.

3. Oh, that I might be admitted to thy presence! that mine were the supreme delight of knowing thy will!

4. ‘Twere worth ten years of peaceful life,One glance at their array!

5. Whatever inconvenience ensue, nothing is to be preferred before justice.

6.The vigorous sun would catch it up at eve / And use it for an anvil till he had filled / The shelves of heaven with burning thunderbolts.

7.Meet is it changes should control / Our being, lest we rust in ease.

8.Quoth she, / “The Devil take the goose, / And God forget the stranger!”

9. Think not that I speak for your sakes.

10. “Now tread we a measure!” said young Lochinvar.

11. Were that a just return? Were that Roman magnanimity?

12. Well; how he may do his work, whether he do it right or wrong, or do it at all, is a point which no man in the world has taken the pains to think of.

13. He is, let him live where else he like, in what pomps and prosperities he like, no literary man.

14. Could we one day complete the immense figure which these flagrant points compose! Continue reading “Exercises on the Moods”

“Proverbs” — Grace Paley


Precious (Emily Dickinson)