Richard Watson Gilder

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Richard Watson Gilder

Richard Watson Gilder (February 8, 1844 – November 19, 1909) was an American poet and editor.


  • From all the misty morning air, there comes a summer sound,
    A murmur as of waters from skies, and trees, and ground. The birds they sing upon the wing, the pigeons bill and coo.
    • "A Midsummer Song", in Lyrics and Other Poems (1885).
  • Not from the whole wide world I chose thee,
    Sweetheart, light of the land and the sea!
    The wide, wide world could not inclose thee,
    For thou art the whole wide world to me.
    • Song (1894).
  • Through love to light! Oh wonderful the way
    That leads from darkness to the perfect day!
    • After-song (1894), reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • I am a woman—therefore I may not
    Call to him, cry to him,
    Fly to him,
    Bid him delay not.
    • A Woman's Thought, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • O white and midnight sky, O starry bath,
    Wash me in thy pure, heavenly crystal flood:
    Cleanse me, ye stars, from earthly soil and scath—
    Let not one taint remain in spirit or blood!
    • The Celestial Passion, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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