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I read poems for your enjoyment.

If you're enjoying my readings, buy me a coffee at buymeacoff.ee/scottscharl

Feedback is welcomed at hello@scottscharl.com. Thanks for listening!

    "My Childhood's Home I See Again" by Abraham Lincoln

    "My Childhood's Home I See Again" by Abraham Lincoln

    Did you know President Lincoln wrote poetry?

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    "My Childhood's Home I See Again" by Abraham Lincoln

    My childhood's home I see again,
       And sadden with the view;
    And still, as memory crowds my brain,
       There's pleasure in it too.

    O Memory! thou midway world
       'Twixt earth and paradise,
    Where things decayed and loved ones lost
       In dreamy shadows rise,

    And, freed from all that's earthly vile,
       Seem hallowed, pure, and bright,
    Like scenes in some enchanted isle
       All bathed in liquid light.

    As dusky mountains please the eye
       When twilight chases day;
    As bugle-notes that, passing by,
       In distance die away;

    As leaving some grand waterfall,
       We, lingering, list its roar—
    So memory will hallow all
       We've known, but know no more.

    Near twenty years have passed away
       Since here I bid farewell
    To woods and fields, and scenes of play,
       And playmates loved so well.

    Where many were, but few remain
       Of old familiar things;
    But seeing them, to mind again
       The lost and absent brings.

    The friends I left that parting day,
       How changed, as time has sped!
    Young childhood grown, strong manhood gray,
       And half of all are dead.

    I hear the loved survivors tell
       How nought from death could save,
    Till every sound appears a knell,
       And every spot a grave.

    I range the fields with pensive tread,
       And pace the hollow rooms,
    And feel (companion of the dead)
       I'm living in the tombs.

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    "Tell all the truth but tell it slant" by Emily Dickinson

    "Tell all the truth but tell it slant" by Emily Dickinson

    Text: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/56824/tell-all-the-truth-but-tell-it-slant-1263

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    "God's Grandeur" by Gerard Manley Hopkins

    "God's Grandeur" by Gerard Manley Hopkins

    Text: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44395/gods-grandeur

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    "The Destruction of Sennacherib" by Lord Byron

    "The Destruction of Sennacherib" by Lord Byron

    Text: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43827/the-destruction-of-sennacherib

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    "Leisure" by William Henry Davies

    "Leisure" by William Henry Davies

    Text: https://englishverse.com/poems/leisure

    Thanks to Parker Fox for this recommendation!

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    "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas

    "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas

    Editor William Harmon calls this the best villanelle of the twentieth century, and among the best poems of any type for that time.

    https://poets.org/poem/do-not-go-gentle-good-night

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