This page links to miscellaneous poems I have collected from here and there. My taste in poetry is pretty old-fashioned, and I prefer it to have rhyme and meter, or at least meter.

The Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson

By Rudyard Kipling—

His Apologies

The Power of the Dog

A Smuggler’s Song

Cold Iron

Eddie’s Service

Our Lady of Sackcloth

An Astrologer’s Song

Cities and Thrones and Powers

Hymn of Breaking Strain

Wilful Missing


The Way Through the Woods

My Cat Jeoffrey by Christopher Smart, excerpted from Jubilate Agno

For Timothy, in the Coinherence by Dorothy L. Sayers

By G. K. Chesterton—

The Song of Quoodle

The Song of the Strange Ascetic

O God of Earth and Altar

The Earth’s Vigil

The House of Christmas

The Donkey

By C. S. Lewis—

(The other poets cited here are not widely known for their personal spiritual development, but Lewis is, so I give his poems in a timeline. He started writing as an atheist with a deep love of mythology, became a theist in 1929, and became a Christian in 1931.)

Star Bath (1916)

How He Saw Angus the God (1916)

L’Apprenti Sorcier (1917)

Tu Ne Quaesieris (1918)

Our Daily Bread (1918)

“Sixpence” (“I woke from a fool’s dream...”) (1929 – 1930)

“Bettered After Beasthood” (1930)

What the Bird Said Early in the Year (1937)

Late Summer (1938)

“We Were Talking of Dragons” (1939)

Pilgrim’s Problem (1952)

Lords Coëval with Creation (1958)

Good Gnus by P. G. Wodehouse

These are the Things that Make a Man by Terry Pratchett

[anyone lived in a pretty how town] by e. e. cummings

Instructions by Neil Gaiman

Overheard on a Salt Marsh by Harold Monro

By Robert Frost—

The Death of the Hired Man

Mending Wall

The Witch of Coös

Fire and Ice

A Considerable Speck

By archy the cockroach (Don Marquis)


the wail of archy


the lesson of the moth

cheerio my deario

mehitabel dances with boreas

By Edna St. Vincent Millay—

The Suicide

Conscientious Objector

Dirge Without Music

God’s World

“Still will I harvest beauty where it grows”


Truce for a Moment

By Walt Whitman—


“Year That Trembled and Reel’d Beneath Me”

“By the Bivouac’s Fitful Flame”

“A Sight in Camp”

“I Saw Old General at Bay”

“After Surmounting Three-Score and Ten”

Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Penelope to Ulysses by Earl Wajenberg

“Like Thy Glory, Titan” by Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Death Is Before Me Today,” Middle Kingdom Egypt

Eden Bower by Dante Gabriel Rosetti

The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats

Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind by Carl Sandburg

Sphinx and Medusa by Clark Ashton Smith

“The Stony Road” by Dorothy L. Sayers

The Seventh Angel by Zhigniew Herbert

A Word on Statistics by Wislawa Szymborska

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