This page is dedicated to Alice Marie Armstrong
who gifted this poetry editrix with Edwin Markham's anthology, circa 1926,
and I return the gift by sorting thru the many 'complimentaries',
creating my own collection - with apologies of sorts.
I did not include any of the great epic poems Edwin did...

"Motherbird Anthology" of  Edwin Markham's "Anthology of the World's Best Poetry"

...but did include my favorites of his:

Brotherhood by Edwin Markham (1852-1940)

The crest and crowning of all good,
Life's final star, is brotherhood;
For it will bring again to Earth
Her long-lost Poesy and Mirth;
Will send new light on every face,
A kingly power upon the race.
And till it come, we men are slaves,
And travel downward to the dust of graves.
Come, clear the way, then, clear the way;
Blind creeds and kings have had their day;
Break the dead branches from the path;
Out Hope is in the aftermath--
Our hope is in heroic men
Star-led to build the world again.
Make way for brotherhood--make way for Man!

motherbird favorites

The Skull of Shakespeare by George Sterling (1869-1926)

Twilight at Sea by Amelia B. Welby (1819-1852)

Canopus by Bert Tylor (1866-1921)

On Coming to an End by George Whicher (1860-1937)

Waiting by John Burroughs (1837-1921)

Heaven Soaring Lark by Mary Eleanor Roberts

Memory by Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907)

Duet (I sing with myself) by Leonora Speyer (1872-?)

Measure Me, Sky by Leonora Speyer

Joy by Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

I Am the Cry by Muriel Strode

Portrait of a Child by Louis Untermeyer (1885-1977)

The Crowning Gift by Gladys Cromwell (1885-1919)

The Turquoise Bowl by Kathryn White Ryan

A Black Bird Suddenly by Joseph Auslander (1897 - )

Too Soon by Amanda Benjamin Hall (1890-  )

Afternoon on a Hill by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-?)

To the Woman I will Be Fifty Years by Hence by Virginia Moore

On May Morning by John Milton (1608-1674)

Daffodils by William Wordsworth a (1770-1850)

Mutability Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Peaks of Life from Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Grasshopper and Cricket by John Keats (1795-121)

To-Day by Thomas Carlyle (Scotland, 1795-1881)

Nothing Small  by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

The Throstle by Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

O May I Join the Choir Invisible! by George Eliot (1819-1880)

Martin Elginbrodde by George MacDonald (1824-1995)

To Milton by Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)

Amends to Nature by Arthur Symons (1865-?)

The Illusion of War by Richard Le Gallienne

From "The City of the Soul" by Alfred Douglas ((1870-?)

I Loved Thee, Atthis, in the Long Ago by Sappho

In the Mulberry Leaves by Frederick Mistral (1830-1914)

Clair de Lune by Paul Verlaine (1844-1896)

Wild Geese by Pai Ta-Shun

Three Poems by Yone Noguchi