Poetry

Note on poems: These texts are from the University of Virginia Text Center. Links in bold  are page images at the Making of America project.

Edith Wharton’s Verse, 1879-1919, From Various Journals, ed. Judy Boss at the University of Virginia Text Center.
 Edith Wharton’s Verses Alphabetically Arranged

Poems included in Verses (1878) (not online; available in Edith Wharton: Selected Poems, ed. Louis Auchincloss)

Sonnets
I. Le Viol d’Amour
II. Vespers
III. Bettine to Goethe
Spring Song
Prophecies of Summer
Song (“O Love, where are the hours fled”)
Heaven
“Maiden, Arise”
Spring
May Marian
Opportunities
“The Last Token”
Raffaele to the Fornarina
Chriemhild of Burgundy
Some Woman to Some Man
Lines on Chaucer
What We Shall Say Fifty Years Hence, of Our Fancy-Dress Quadrille
Nothing More
June and December
October
A woman I know
Daisies
Impromptu
Notre Dame des Fleurs
Translations from the German (Three Songs from the German of Emanuel Geibel)
Longing (From the German of Schiller)
A Song (From the German of Ruckert)

 

Aeropagus.”Atlantic Monthly 45 (Mar. 1880): 335.
“All Souls.” Scribner’s Magazine 45 (Jan. 1909): 22-23.
“Artemis to Actaeon.” Scribner’s Magazine 31 (June 1902): 661-62.
“An Autumn Sunset” Scribner’s Magazine 16 (Oct. 1894): 419. An Autumn Sunset
“Battle Sleep.” Century Magazine 90 (Sept. 1915): 736.
“Botticelli’s Madonna in the Louvre.” Scribner’s Magazine 9 (Jan. 1891): 74.Botticelli’s Madonna In The Louvre
“The Bread of Angels.” Harper’s Magazine 105 (Sept. 1902): 583-85.
“Chartres” Scribner’s Magazine 14 (Sept. 1893): 287.Chartres
“The Comrade.” Atlantic Monthly 106 (Dec. 1910): 785-87.
“Euryalus.”Atlantic Monthly 64 (Dec. 1889): 761.Euryalus
“Experience.” Scribner’s Magazine 13 (Jan. 1893): 91.Experience (MOA)
“A Failure” Atlantic Monthly 45 (April 1880): 464-65.
“Happiness” Scribner’s Magazine 6 (Dec. 1889): 715.Happiness 
“Jade” Century Magazine 49 (Jan. 1895): 391.Jade (MOA)
“The Last Giustianini” Scribner’s Magazine 6 (Oct. 1889): 405-06. The Last Giustiniani 
“Life”Scribner’s Magazine 15 (June 1894): 739. Life (MOA)
“Life” Atlantic Monthly 102 (Oct. 1908): 501-04.
“Moonrise Over Tyringham.” Century Magazine 76 (July 1908): 356-57.
“Mould and Vase.” Atlantic Monthly 88 (Sept. 1901): 343.
“Ogrin the Hermit.” Atlantic Monthly 104 (Dec. 1909): 844-48
“The Old Pole Star.” Scribner’s Magazine 43 (Jan. 1908): 68.
“‘On Active Service’; American Expeditionary Force (R. S., August 12, 1918).” Scribner’s Magazine 64 (Nov. 1918): 619.
“The One Grief.” Scribner’s Magazine 24 (July 1898): 90.
“The Parting Day.”Atlantic Monthly 45 (Feb. 1880): 194.
“The Parting Day” (MOA)
“Patience”Atlantic Monthly 45 (April 1880): 548-49.
“Phaedra”Scribner’s Magazine 23 (Jan. 1898): 68.
“Pomegranate Seed.” Scribner’s Magazine 51 (Mar. 1912): p284-91
“The Sonnet.”Century Magazine 43 (Nov. 1891): 113.The Sonnet 
“Summer Afternoon (Bodiam Castle, Sussex).” Scribner’s Magazine 49 (Mar. 1911): 277-78.
“Terminus” 
“The Tomb of Ilaria Giunigi.”Scribner’s Magazine 9 (Feb. 1891): 156 The Tomb Of Ilaria Giunigi 
“A Torchbearer.” Scribner’s Magazine 33 (April 1903): 504-05.
“Two Backgrounds” (LA VIERGE AU DONATEUR. and MONA LISA) Scribner’s Magazine 12 (Nov. 1892): 550. Two Backgrounds (MOA)
“Uses.” Scribner’s Magazine 31 (Feb. 1902): 180.
“Vesalius in Zante. (1564)” North American Review 175 (Nov. 1902): 625-31.
“You and You; to the American private in the great war.” Scribner’s Magazine 65 (Feb. 1919): 152-153.
“Wants”Atlantic Monthly 45 (May 1880): 599.
“With the Tide.” Saturday Evening Post 191, 29 Mar. 1919: 8.
“The Hymn of the Lusitania.”New York Herald, 7 May 1915: 1. New icon
“The Great Blue Tent.” New York Times, 25 Aug. 1915: 10.

Contents: Part I –
ARTEMIS TO ACTAEON 3
LIFE 7
VESALIUS IN ZANTE 14
MARGARET OF CORTONA 24
A TORCHBEARER 32
Part II –THE MORTAL LEASE 37
EXPERIENCE 45
GRIEF 47
CHARTRES 49
TWO BACKGROUNDS 51
THE TOMB OF ILARIA GIUNIGI 53
THE ONE GRIEF 54
THE EUMENIDES 55
Part III –ORPHEUS 59
AN AUTUMN SUNSET 66
MOONRISE OVER TYRINGHAM 68
ALL SOULS 72
ALL SAINTS 76
THE OLD POLE STAR 79
A GRAVE 81
NON DOLET! 83
A HUNTING-SONG 85
SURVIVAL 87
USES 88
A MEETING 89

 

Contents of Twelve Poems (1926) (not online except “With the Tide”; available in Edith Wharton: Selected Poems, ed. Louis Auchincloss)

Nightingales in Provence
Mistral in the Maquis
Les Salettes
Dieu d’Amour
Segesta
The Tryst
Battle Sleep
Elegy
With the Tide
La folle du logis
The First Year
Alternative Epitaphs

Uncollected Poems 1879-1938 (online as listed above; most available only in Edith Wharton: Selected Poems, ed. Louis Auchincloss)

Uncollected poems (in Auchincloss)
Only a Child
The Parting Day
Areopagus
Euralus
Happiness
Botticelli’s Madonna in the Louvre
The Sonnet
The Last Giustiniani
Life
Jade
Phaedra
Mould and Vase
The Bread of Angels
Ogrin the Hermit
Summer Afternoon
High Pasture
Belgium
The Hymn of the Lusitania
The Great Blue Tent
“On Active Service”
You and You
Lyrical Epigrams
Garden Valedictory
Had I Been Only
Treasure

Manuscript Poems 1881-1915
Intense Love’s Utterance
Song (“Mirth of life’s blooming time”)
Gifts
October in Newport
Cynthia
“O Love, let the world for once go by”
“When I am gone, recall my hair”
Senlis
The Coming of the God
Terminus
“She said to me: ‘Nay, take my body and eat’”
Ex Tenebrae
Restoration
The Room
Ramboullet
“You come between me & the night”
Beumetz, February 23, 1915

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