Herman Melville

Herman Melville

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Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period. Among his best-known works are Moby-Dick, Typee, a romanticized account of his experiences in Polynesia, and Billy Budd, Sailor, a posthumously published novella.
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Greek Architecture

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Not magnitude, not lavishness,
But Form—the Site;
Not innovating wilfulness,
But reverence for the Archetype
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From The Conflict Of Convictions

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The Ancient of Days forever is young,  Forever the scheme of Nature thrives;
I know a wind in purpose strong--  It spins _against_ the way it drives
What if the gulfs their slimed foundations    bare
So deep must the stones be
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Fragments Of A Lost Gnostic Poem Of The Twelfth Century

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Found a family, build a state,
The pledged event is still the same:
Matter in end will never
His ancient brutal claim
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The Scout Toward Aldie

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The cavalry-camp lies on the slope Of what was late a vernal hill,
But now like a pavement bare—An outpost in the perilous wilds Which ever are lone and still; But Mosby's men are there — Of Mosby best beware
Great trees the troopers fel...
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The Mound By The Lake

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The grass shall never forget this grave
When homeward footing it in the
After the weary ride by rail,
The stripling soldiers passed her door,
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Memorials On The Slain At Chickamauga

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Happy are they and charmed in life  Who through long wars arrive
At peace
To such the wreath be given,
If they unfalteringly have striven —  In honor, as in limb, unmarred
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The Maldive Shark

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About the Shark, phlegmatical one,
Pale sot of the Maldive sea,
The sleek little pilot-fish, azure and slim,
How alert in attendance be
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The Enthusiast

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"Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him"Shall hearts that beat no base
In youth's magnanimous years - Ignoble hold it, if
When interest tames to fears;
Shall spirits that worship
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Healed Of My Hurt

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Healed of my hurt,
I laud the inhuman Sea—Yea, bless the Angels Four that there convene;
For healed I am even by the pitiless breath Distilled in wholesome dew named rosmarine
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The Portent

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Hanging from the beam,
Slowly swaying (such the law),
Gaunt the shadow on the green,
Shenandoah
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Immolated

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Children of my happier prime,
When One yet lived with me, and
Her rainbow over life and time,
Even Hope, my bride, and mother to you
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Inscription

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For Graves at Pea Ridge,
Let none misgive we died amiss  When here we strove in furious fight:
Furious it was; nathless was this  Better than tranquil plight,
And tame surrender of the
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Gold In The Mountain

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Gold in the mountain,
And gold in the glen,
And greed in the heart,
Heaven having no part,
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The Berg

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I saw a ship of material build (Her standards set, her brave apparel on) Directed as by madness mere Against a solid iceberg steer,
Nor budge it, though the infactuate ship went down
The impact made huge ice-cubes fall Sullen in tons tha...
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Gettysburg

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O Pride of the days in prime of the
Now trebled in great renown,
When before the ark of our holy
Fell Dagon down-Dagon foredoomed, who, armed and targed,
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Dirge

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We drop our dead in the sea, The bottomless, bottomless sea;
Each bubble a hollow sigh, As it sinks forever and aye
We drop our dead in the sea,-- The dead reek not of aught;
We drop our dead in the sea,-- The sea ne'er gives it a t...
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