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Poem Title   Author
#11 (The world is a beautiful place)
Aug. 19, 1995
#14 (Don't let that horse eat that violin)
Aug. 14, 1995
#67: Success is counted sweetest
Sep. 12, 1995
Nov. 5, 1996
Nov. 4, 2008
#92 (How fragile the flesh)
Mar. 24, 1999
'Faith' is a fine invention...
Feb. 2, 2009
'Thou hast me on the wrack' in various styles
Apr. 10, 2010
1052 I never saw a Moor --
Jul. 27, 1995
1053 It was a quiet way --
May. 10, 2002
1100 The last Night that She lived
Dec. 10, 1995
Dec. 10, 2007
Dec. 12, 2004
111 The Bee is not afraid of me.
Jul. 2, 1996
1129 Tell all the Truth but tell it slant --
Dec. 10, 1998
1134 The Wind took up the Northern Things
Dec. 10, 1996
1176 We never know how high we are
Feb. 23, 2000
Feb. 23, 1998
126 To fight aloud, is very brave
Aug. 17, 1998
1263 There is no Frigate like a Book
Dec. 1, 1995
1277 While we were fearing it, it came --
Dec. 10, 2004

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