Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton

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Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton

Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton (June 19, 1809August 11, 1885) was an English poet and politician.


  • But on and up, where Nature’s heart
    Beats strong amid the hills.
    • Tragedy of the Lac de Gaube. Stanza 2.
  • Great thoughts, great feelings came to them,
    Like instincts, unawares.
    • The Men of Old.
  • A man’s best things are nearest him,
    Lie close about his feet.
    • The Men of Old.
  • I wandered by the brookside,
    I wandered by the mill;
    I could not hear the brook flow,
    The noisy wheel was still.
    • The Brookside.
  • The beating of my own heart
    Was all the sound I heard.
    • The Brookside.
  • The hills of manhood wear a noble face
    When seen from far;
    The mist of light from which they take their grace
    Hides what they are.
    • Carpe Diem.
  • Oh glory, that we wrestle
    So valiantly with Time!
    • The Eld.
  • Heaven was not Heaven if Phaon was not there.
    • A Dream of Sappho.
  • A poet’s Mistress is a hallowed thing.
    • Tempe.
  • Mohammed’s truth lay in a holy Book,
    Christ’s in a sacred Life.
    • Mohammedanism.
  • They who have steeped their souls in prayer
    Can every anguish calmly bear.
    • The Sayings of Rabia. iv.
  • Lady Moon, Lady Moon, where are you roving?
    Over the sea.
    Lady Moon, Lady Moon, whom are you loving?
    All that love me!
    • A Child’s Song.

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