Archive of poetry

Kalliope is a database containing old Danish poetry and associated biographical data. The goal is no less than to collect all of the older Danish poetry, but until then, Kalliope will contain a representative and still growing selection. Kalliope also contains poetry in English and other languages, but primarily as reference material to the Danish collection.
The English version of Kalliope released today. Hvis du ser denne engelske side og ønsker den danske, skal du klikke for flaget nederst på siden.

 Letters and Lines we see are soone defaced,
 Metals doe waste, and fret with Cankers Rust,
 The Diamond shall once consume to Dust,
 And freshest Colours with foule staynes disgraced:
 Paper and Inke can paint but naked Words,
 To write with Bloud, of force offends the Sight;
 And if with Teares I find them all too light,
 And Sighes and Signes a silly Hope affords,
 O sweetest Shadow, how thou seru'st my turne!
 Which still shalt be, as long as there is Sunne;
 Nor whilst the World is, neuer shall be done,
 Whilst Moone shall shine, or any Fire shall burne:
     That eu'ry thing whence Shadow doth proceed,
     May in his Shadow my Loues storie read.

Michael Drayton
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