For he will do
As he do do
And there’s no doing anything about it!
–“The Rum Tum Tugger” by T. S. Eliot
Once upon a time you told me,
I remember in my bones,
That when the bad world had rolled me
Over on the scalding stones,
Shameless, lost, as the day I came
I should with my beggar’s cup
Howl down the wind and call your name
And you, you would raise me up.
— A letter to Marged Howard-Stepney by Dylan Thomas
She moved like silence swathed in light,
Like mist in moonshine clear
–“La Danseuse” by Dylan Thomas
None like a mother can charm away pain
From the sick soul and the world-weary brain
–“Rock Me to Sleep” by Elizabeth Akers Allen
The honest man, though e’er sae poor,
Is king o’ men for a’ that.
–“Is There for Honest Poverty” by Robert Burns
Nor knowest thou what argument
Thy life to thy neighbor’s creed has lent.
–“Each and All” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination
–“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver