Richard Watson Gilder

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

Richard Watson Gilder in 1863



The New Day (1875)


The New Day: A Poem in Songs and Sonnets (New York: The Century Co., 1875)

  • I love her doubting and anguish;
    I love the love she withholds;
    I love my love that loveth her
    And anew her being moulds.
    • Part III. XII: "Song (I Love Her Gentle Forehead)", line 9; p. 55.
  • The Smile of her I love is like the dawn
    Whose touch makes Memnon sing:
    O, see where wide the golden sunlight flows—
    The barren desert blossoms as the rose!
    • Part III. XXIV: "The Smile of Her I Love", line 1; p. 69.
  • 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.
    • Part IV. IV: "Song (Not from the Whole Wide World)", line 1; p. 86.
  • Heaven from the hopeless doubter
    The true believer makes:
    Against the darkness outer
    The light God's likeness takes.
    • Part IV. XVII: "He Knows Not the Path of Duty", line 9; p. 100.
  • Through love to light! Oh wonderful the way
    That leads from darkness to the perfect day!
    • "After-Song", line 1; p. 103.

Lyrics and Other Poems (1885)


New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1885

  • 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", stanza 2; p. 11.
  • 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", line 1; p. 16.
  • 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", line 1; p. 111.
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