Joseph Blanco White Poems

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Joseph Blanco White
Joseph Blanco White (July 11, 1775-May 20, 1841), also know as José María Blanco Crespo, was a Spanish theologian and poet. He was born in Seville in Spain. He had Irish ancestry: he was a son of the merchant Guillermo Blanco, alias White (English viceconsul who established itself in that city during the reign of Fernando VI), and of María Gertrudis Crespo y Neve. White was educated for the Roman Catholic priesthood, but after his ordination in 1800, religious doubts led him to escape from Spain to England (1810). There he ultimately entered the Anglican Church, having studied theology at Oxford and made the friendship of Arnold, Newman and Whately. He became tutor in Whately's family when he was made archbishop of Dublin in 1831. While in this position he embraced Unitarian views, and he found an asylum amongst the Unitarians of Liverpool, where he died on May 20, 1841

i saw in louisiana a live-oak growing
I saw in Louisiana a live-oak growing,
All alone stood it and the moss hung down from the branc... [read poem]
song of myself
I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom be... [read poem]
to night
Mysterious Night! when our first parent knew
Thee from report divine, and heard thy name,
... [read poem]
o captain! my captain!
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize w... [read poem]
out of the cradle endlessly rocking
Out of the cradle endlessly rocking,
Out of the mocking-bird's throat, the musical shuttle,... [read poem]
when lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd
When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd,
And the great star early droop'd in the western sky i... [read poem]
i sing the body electric
I sing the body electric,
The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them,
They w... [read poem]
a noiseless patient spider
A noiseless patient spider,
I mark'd where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark'... [read poem]
when i heard the learn'd astronomer
When I heard the learn'd astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns befor... [read poem]
on the beach at night
On the beach at night,
Stands a child with her father,
Watching the east, the autumn sky.... [read poem]
song of the open road
Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The l... [read poem]
vigil strange i kept on the field one night
Vigil strange I kept on the field one night;
When you my son and my comrade dropt at my side th... [read poem]
the world below the brine
The world below the brine,
Forests at the bottom of the sea, the branches and leaves,
Sea-... [read poem]
one's-self i sing
One's-Self I sing, a simple separate person,
Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse.... [read poem]
crossing brooklyn ferry
Flood-tide below me! I see you face to face!
Clouds of the west -- sun there half an hour high ... [read poem]
on the beach at night alone
On the beach at night alone,
As the old mother sways her to and fro singing her husky song,... [read poem]
patroling barnegat
Wild, wild the storm, and the sea high running,
Steady the roar of the gale, with incessant und... [read poem]
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