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Poems About Gossip

Table of Contents

  1. A Word by Emily Dickinson
  2. Reticence by Emily Dickinson
  3. Gossip by Emily Dickinson
  4. The Gossip by John B. Tabb
  5. Truth Will Triumph by Colfax Burgoyne Harman
  6. Lend a Hand by Anonymous

  1. A Word

    by Emily Dickinson

    A word is dead
    When it is said,
    Some say.
    I say it just
    Begins to live
    That day.

  2. Reticence

    Admonished by her buckled lips
    Let every babbler be.
    The only secret people keep
    Is Immortality.

    – Emily Dickinson
    Reticence
    by Emily Dickinson

    The reticent volcano keeps
    His never slumbering plan;
    Confided are his projects pink
    To no precarious man.

    If nature will not tell the tale
    Jehovah told to her,
    Can human nature not survive
    Without a listener?

    Admonished by her buckled lips
    Let every babbler be.
    The only secret people keep
    Is Immortality.

  3. Gossip

    The leaves, like women, interchange
    Sagacious confidence;

    – Emily Dickinson
    Gossip
    by Emily Dickinson

    The leaves, like women, interchange
    Sagacious confidence;
    Somewhat of nods, and somewhat of
    Portentous inference,

    The parties in both cases
    Enjoining secrecy, —
    Inviolable compact
    To notoriety.

  4. The Gossip

    by John B. Tabb

    So near me dwells my neighbor Death
    That e'en what Silence pondereth
    He catches word for word,
    And promises, some future day,
    To visit me upon his way,
    And tell what he has heard.

  5. Truth Will Triumph

    by Colfax Burgoyne Harman

    When gossips' talk and traitor's scheming,
    And jealous fiends on evil bent,
    With basest vices unredeeming,
    Brand the names of the innocent;

    When hope's bright sun seems nearly setting,
    The future dim and cloudy lies,
    And you more tired of life are getting,
    And tears of sorrow dim the eyes;

    Cheer up, take courage, do not falter,
    Truth will triumph by and by,
    Time all evil things will alter,
    Vice and wickedness must die.

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    Some men are not unlike the owl
    That base, wild-eyed, nocturnal fowl,
    That slays his victims in the night,
    And brings his deeds not unto light.

  6. Lend a Hand

    Lend a hand to one another:
    When malicious tongues have thrown
    Dark suspicion on your brother,

    – Anonymous
    Lend a Hand
    by Anonymous

    Lend a hand to one another
    In the daily toil of life;
    When we meet a weaker brother,
    Let us help him in the strife.
    There is none so rich but may,
    In his turn, be forced to borrow;
    And the poor man's lot to-day
    May become our own to-morrow.

    Lend a hand to one another:
    When malicious tongues have thrown
    Dark suspicion on your brother,
    Be not prompt to cast a stone.
    There is none so good but may
    Run adrift in shame and sorrow.

    Lend a hand to one another:
    In the race for Honor's crown;
    Should it fall upon your brother,
    Let not envy tear it down.
    Lend a hand to all, we pray,
    In their sunshine or their sorrow;
    And the prize they've won today
    May become our own to-morrow.

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