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Bacchanalia by Matthew Arnold

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Calais Sands by Matthew Arnold

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East London by Matthew Arnold

For Some Poems by Matthew Arnold

From the Hymn of Empedocles by Matthew Arnold

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Ignorant Armies by Matthew Arnold

Immortality by Matthew Arnold

Isolation: To Marguerite by Matthew Arnold

Lines Written in Kensington Gardens by Matthew Arnold

Longing by Matthew Arnold

Memorial Verses by Matthew Arnold

Memorial Verses: April 1850 by Matthew Arnold

Morality by Matthew Arnold

Mycerinus by Matthew Arnold

Obermann Once More by Matthew Arnold

Palladium by Matthew Arnold

Philomela by Matthew Arnold

Progress by Matthew Arnold

Quiet Work by Matthew Arnold

Requiescat by Matthew Arnold

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Rugby Chapel by Matthew Arnold

Rugby Chapel Part 1 by Matthew Arnold

Rugby Chapel Part 2 by Matthew Arnold

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Self-Dependence by Matthew Arnold

Shakespeare by Matthew Arnold

Song of Callicles, The by Matthew Arnold

Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse by Matthew Arnold

Strayed Reveller, The by Matthew Arnold

The Buried Life by Matthew Arnold

The Forsaken Merman by Matthew Arnold

The Future by Matthew Arnold

The Last Word by Matthew Arnold

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The Scholar Gypsy by Matthew Arnold

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Thyrsis a Monody by Matthew Arnold

Thyrsis, a Monody by Matthew Arnold

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West London by Matthew Arnold

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Youth and Calm by Matthew Arnold

'Tis death! and peace, indeed, is here,
And ease from shame, and rest from fear.
There's nothing can dismarble now
The smoothness of that limpid brow.
But is a calm like this, in truth,
The crowning end of life and youth,
And when this boon rewards the dead,
Are all debts paid, has all been said?
And is the heart of youth so light,
Its step so firm, its eye so bright,
Because on its hot brow there blows
A wind of promise and repose
From the far grave, to which it goes;
Because it hath the hope to come,
One day, to harbour in the tomb?
Ah no, the bliss youth dreams is one
For daylight, for the cheerful sun,
For feeling nerves and living breath--
Youth dreams a bliss on this side death.
It dreams a rest, if not more deep,
More grateful than this marble sleep;
It hears a voice within it tell:
Calm's not life's crown, though calm is well.
'Tis all perhaps which man acquires,
But 'tis not what our youth desires.