95 Heart Poems That Will Pump You Up

We all have moments when our heart feels heavy and our soul needs an injection of inspiration.

What better way to get the heart pumping than with a beautiful poem?

Heartfelt poetry has been used for centuries to express emotions, capture stories, and celebrate life insightfully.

As William Wordsworth said, “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart”.

That is why we’ve compiled this list of amazing heart poems that will warm you up, open your eyes to new perspectives on love and life, touch your core – whatever emotion it may be.

Let’s explore these poems about heart that have been carefully curated just for you!

We promise this heart poetry will lift you up in no time!

Best Heart Poems

Love is in the air and these best poems about heart are sure to leave you feeling pumped up. Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, your anniversary, or just looking for some sweet words to send to your significant other, these poems will get the job done. Take a glance!

1. A Process in the Weather of the Heart

       by Dylan Thomas

A process in the weather of the world
Turns ghost to ghost; each mothered child
Sits in their double shade.
A process blows the moon into the sun,
Pulls down the shabby curtains of the skin;
And the heart gives up its dead.

2. If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking

       by Emily Dickinson

If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

3. The Hope of My Heart

       by John McCrae

I left, to earth, a little maiden fair,
With locks of gold, and eyes that shamed the light;
I prayed that God might have her in His care
And sight.

4. My Heart’s in the Highlands

       by Robert Burns

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands forever I’ll love.
Explore more Robert Burns poems.

5. Eat Your Heart Out

       by Charles Bukowski

just as she leaves
she says,
I want you to buy me
some high-heeled shoes
with tall thin spikes,
black high-heeled shoes.
no, I want them
red.

6. My Heart Leaps Up

       by William Wordsworth

My heart leaps up when I behold
   A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
   Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

7. My Heart and I

       by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Yet who complains? My heart and I?
In this abundant earth no doubt
Is little room for things worn out :
Disdain them, break them, throw them by
And if before the days grew rough
We once were loved, used, — well enough,
I think, we’ve fared, my heart and I.

8. Love and the Gentle Heart

       by Dante Alighieri

Then beauty in a virtuous woman’s face
makes the eyes yearn, and strikes the heart,
so that the eyes’ desire’s reborn again,
and often, rooting there with longing, stays,
Till love, at last, out of its dreaming starts.
Woman’s moved likewise by a virtuous man.

9. Never Give All the Heart

       by William Butler Yeats

And who could play it well enough
If deaf and dumb and blind with love?
He that made this knows all the cost,
For he gave all his heart and lost.

10. Hearts Were Made to Give Away

       by Annette Wynne

Hearts were made to give away
On Valentine’s good day;
Wrap them up in dainty white,
Send them off the thirteenth night.
Any kind of heart that’s handy—
Hearts of lace, and hearts of candy,
Hearts all trimmed with ribbands fine
Send for good St. Valentine.
Hearts were made to give away
On Valentine’s dear day.

11. The Fountain

       By James Russell Lowell

Into the sunshine,
Full of the light,
Leaping and flashing,
From morn till night!
Into the moonlight,
Whiter than snow,
Waving so flower-like
When the winds blow!
Into the starlight,
Rushing in spray,
Happy at midnight,
Happy by day!
Ever in motion,
Blithesome and cheery,
Still climbing heavenward,
Never aweary;
Glad of all weathers,
Still seeming best,
Upward or downward,
Motion, thy rest;
Full of a nature
Nothing can tame,
Changed every moment,
Ever the same;
Ceaseless aspiring,
Ceaseless content,
Darkness or sunshine
Thy element;
Glorious fountain!
Let my heart be
Fresh, changeful, constant,
Upward like thee!

12. The Secret of It

       by Amos Russel Wells

“Where does the clerk of the weather store
The days that are sunny and fair?”
“In your heart is a room with a close shut door
And all of those days are there.”
“Where does the clerk of the weather keep
The days that are dreary and blue?”
“In a second room in your heart they sleep,
And you have the keys of the two.”
“And why are my days so often, I pray,
Filled full of clouds and of gloom?”
“Because you go at the break of day
And open the wrong heart-room.”

13. Poor Little Heart!

       by Emily Dickinson

Poor little heart!
Did they forget thee?
Then dinna care! Then dinna care!

Proud little heart!
Did they forsake thee?
Be debonair! Be debonair!

Frail little heart!
I would not break thee:
Could’st credit me? Could’st credit me?

Gay little heart!
Like morning glory
Thou’ll wilted be; thou’ll wilted be!

14. The Garden of Dreams

       by Bliss Carman

My heart is a garden of dreams
Where you walk when day is done,
Fair as the royal flowers,
Calm as the lingering sun.
Never a drouth comes there,
Nor any frost that mars,
Only the wind of love
Under the early stars,—
The living breath that moves
Whispering to and fro,
Like the voice of God in the dusk
Of the garden long ago.

15. The Heart

       by Jones Very

There is a cup of sweet or bitter drink,
Whose waters ever o’er the brim must well,
Whence flow pure thoughts of love as angels think,
Or of its dæmon depths the tongue will tell;
That cup can ne’er be cleansed from outward stains
While from within the tide forever flows;
And soon it wearies out the fruitless pains
The treacherous hand on such a task bestows;
But ever bright its chrystal sides appear,
While runs the current from its outlet pure;
And pilgrims hail its sparkling waters near,
And stoop to drink the healing fountain sure,
And bless the cup that cheers their fainting soul
While through this parching waste they seek their heavenly goal.

16. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

       by Francis William Bourdillon

The night has a thousand eyes,
And the day but one;
Yet the light of the bright world dies
With the dying sun.
The mind has a thousand eyes,
And the heart but one:
Yet the light of a whole life dies
When love is done.

17. Song

       by Rupert Brooke

All suddenly the wind comes soft,
And Spring is here again;
And the hawthorn quickens with buds of green,
And my heart with buds of pain.
My heart all Winter lay so numb,
The earth so dead and frore,
That I never thought the Spring would come,
Or my heart wake any more.
But Winter’s broken and earth has woken,
And the small birds cry again;
And the hawthorn hedge puts forth its buds,
And my heart puts forth its pain.

18. My Heart’s Little Room

       by Kate Slaughter McKinney

There’s a dear little chamber somewhere in my heart
That opens to only you three;
Though many have tried to unfasten the door,
They picked at the lock till their fingers were sore,
For to file it apart
Vainly proved every art,
And in vain have they sought for the key.
Many times I go into this quaint little room,
The pictures to change or adjust;
I see your sweet faces grouped there with my own,
And I wonder that I feel so strangely alone;
But about through the room
I move briskly the broom,
And sweep from the corners the dust.
The windows I throw open wide to the air
To let in the breeze and the light;
I watch the sunbeams in their mischievous way
Creep into the curtains, like children at play,
And while I am there
I have no thought of care,
For the room is so warm and so bright.
And oft I look up from the balcony’s brink
To a sky that shows many a hue;
A vine clambers thickly the window above,
Where my birds sing together their rhythm of love;
My thoughts with them link
For I sit here and think
And all of my song is for you.
Ah! some day I know you will come back to me
To rest in this queer little room;
And that’s why so tidy and clean it is kept,
The air always fragrant, the floor always swept,
For I long here to see
My sweet roses three,
As from buds into blossoms they bloom.
Then come when you may, be the sky black or blue,
The lock will unclasp as of yore;
For (unless Death should come introspecting my heart,
And break down its barriers and wrench them apart),
A friend that is true
Will be watching for you,
Ever waiting to unbar the door.

19. Art and Heart

       by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Though critics may bow to art, and I am its own true lover,
It is not art, but heart, which wins the wide world over.
Though smooth be the heartless prayer, no ear in Heaven will mind it,
And the finest phrase falls dead, if there is no feeling behind it.
Though perfect the player’s touch, little, if any he sways us,
Unless we feel his heart throb through the music he plays us.
Though the poet may spend his life in skilfully rounding a measure,
Unless he writes from a full warm heart, he gives us little pleasure.
So it is not the speech which tells, but the impulse which goes with the saying,
And it is not the words of the prayer, but the yearning back of the praying.
It is not the artist’s skill, which into our soul comes stealing
With a joy that is almost pain, but it is the player’s feeling.
And it is not the poet’s song, though sweeter than sweet bells chiming,
Which thrills us through and through, but the heart which beats under the rhyming.
And therefore I say again, though I am art’s own true lover,
That it is not art, but heart, which wins the wide world over.

20. Sonnet

       by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Methinks ofttimes my heart is like some bee,
That goes forth through the summer day and sings,
And gathers honey from all growing things
In garden plot or on the clover lea.
When the long afternoon grows late, and she
Would seek her hive, she cannot lift her wings,
So heavily the too sweet burden clings,
From which she would not, and yet would, fly free.
So with my full fond heart; for when it tries
To lift itself to peace-crowned heights, above
The common way where countless feet have trod,
Lo! then, this burden of dear human ties,
This growing weight of precious earthly love,
Binds down the spirit that would soar to God.

21. Kindness

       by Colfax Burgoyne Harman

Who has a kind and humble heart
Has greater gift bestown
Than wealth obtained at honor’s mart
Or power upon the throne.
The weary stranger, hungry, cold,
With thoughtful, low-bowed head,
Is turned from mansions rich in gold
And from the cottage fed.

22. Sea-Birds

       by Jessie Belle Rittenhouse

Birds that float upon a wave,
Resting from the tiring air,
Be the hopes that I would save
From despair!
Menaced by the sky above,
Menaced by the deep below,
You rock as on the breast of Love,
To and fro.
If immensities like these
Cannot fright a thing so frail,
I will keep my heart at ease
In the gale!

23. The Password

       by Ruby Archer

My heart is like a fort untaken
Whose gate full many keys have tried,
No lock is there, desire to waken,—
The bolts are on the inner side.
O’er shrine and garden, halls of pleasure,
A little god has guard the while;
He sentinels in martial measure,
Awaits the password with a smile.
One only word can win surrender,
And gain the fortress with acclaim,—
One only word supremely tender,—
The magic of his own sweet name.

24. Change

       by Appleton Oaksmith

My lady-love so cold has grown
I cannot meet her eye
But that my heart sinks like a stone,
And I but wish to die.
There was a time when her dear glance
Was warmer than the sun;
But now my love hath little chance
For hope to dwell upon.
“Why hath she changed?” I ask the winds
Which pass me kindly by;
But each dead leaf the cause reminds,
And all things make reply.
I wander in the woods at eve,
And watch the dead leaves fall,
And chide myself that I should grieve
For what doth come to all.
“Change, change,” is written everywhere
Upon the earth and sky;
We breathe it with life’s morning air,
We live it when we die.
Then wherefore should I grieve that she
Acteth so well her part,
Since greater change can never be
Than in a woman’s heart!

25. Daily Trials

       by Martha Waldron Blacker

Oh, strong and brave the heart may be,
To bear the heavy woes of life;
It fails most oft at petty ills,
With which each passing day is rife.
We gird ourselves with armor strong,
To meet some mighty wrong or ill;
Proudly defy the threatened harm,
And, conquering, boast the power of will.
Anon, a trifle light as air,
A careless word,—a look,— a tone,—
Makes shipwreck of our boasted power;
Endurance, strength, alike are gone.

Famous Heart Poems

These heartwarming famous poems about heart are sure to make your heart skip a beat. So why not take a moment to indulge in some truly heart-pumping poetry? Trust us, your loved one will surely thank you for it.

1. The Shell and the Heart

       by Ruby Archer

Even as the shell doth glow
To myriad tints of beauty
Only upon that side
Not buried in the sand
But yielded to the magic
Of the sun,—
So will the heart take on
Its fairest hues of joy—
The radiance of being—
Turned to that light ineffable
Of love.

2. Two Dials

       by Ruby Archer

You came, and it was morning;
You went, and it was night.
A dial measured in my heart
One little day’s delight.
The dial in my garden
Of passion-flowers and rue
Takes note of only sunny hours,—
My heart—of those with you.

3. The Fountain Is So Happy

       by Annette Wynne

The fountain is so happy.
The fountain is so glad,
You cannot make it sorry
You cannot make it sad.
It loves the sunshine and the air,
It loves to spring and dart,
But all the fountain’s joyousness
Begins inside its heart.
It bubbles up with happiness,
It sparkles all day through,
It bubbles and flows over
And shares its joy with you.

4. The Bargain

       by Henry Van Dyke

What shall I give for thee,
Thou Pearl of greatest price?
For all the treasures I possess
Would not suffice.
I give my store of gold;
It is but earthly dross:
But thou shalt make me rich, beyond
All fear of loss.
Mine honours I resign;
They are but small at best:
Thou like a royal star shalt shine
Upon my breast.
My worldly joys I give,
The flowers with which I played;
Thy beauty, far more heavenly fair,
Shall never fade.
Dear Lord, is that enough?
Nay, not a thousandth part.
Well, then, I have but one thing more:
Take Thou my heart.

5. The Dreams of the Dreamer

       by Georgia Douglas Johnson

The dreams of the dreamer
Are life-drops that pass
The break in the heart
To the soul’s hour-glass.
The songs of the singer
Are tones that repeat
The cry of the heart
‘Till it ceases to beat.

6. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

       by T.S. Eliot

My heart is a fluttering bird,
Whose wings beat too fast,
As I think of thee, my dear,
And the life we might have had.

7. Do not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

       by Dylan Thomas

Rage, rage against the dying of the light,
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

8. Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?

       by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:

9. The Eve of St. Agnes

       by John Keats

St. Agnes’ Eve—Ah, bitter chill it was!
The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;
Little tremors shook the ivory chair
Where sat the Lady Madeline, lost in thought.

10. Ode to a Nightingale

       by John Keats

My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or empty some dull opiate to the drains
One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:

11. The Waste Land

       by T.S. Eliot

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Metaphors with things seen not with the passions of the mind
And accelerating the phases of the moon;

12. The Dark Night of the Soul

       by St. John of the Cross

In darkness and secure,
By the secret ladder, disguised,
In the happy house of God,
There entered a great fear.

Inspirational Heart Poems

Have you ever needed a little boost to get through a tough day or just needed a reminder of how amazing you are? Look no further than these inspirational poems about heart. So the next time you need a little pick-me-up, reach for one of these incredible poems and let the soothing words guide you to a better place.

1. Unwavering Heart

       by Emily Dickinson

The heart asks pleasure first,
And then, excuse from pain;
And afterward a softer thirst,
For peace, within the rain.

But peace itself, alas,
Can never be its goal;
For that, within the human breast,
Would only be the soul.

2. The Road not Taken

       by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

3. Don’t Quit

       by Edgar A. Guest

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to give up and cry,

Just remember the folks who said you could,
Don’t let them down, stand fast and good.
Stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that the cream will rise to the top.

Yes, think of the ones who believe in you,
They’ll be the sunshine when skies are blue;
They’ll be the strength that will help you through,
When things go wrong, as they sometimes do.

4. The Dream

       by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a bird with broken wings
That cannot fly.

5. Believe in Yourself

       by Anonymous

In the depths of your being, there’s a treasure untold,
A power within you, waiting to unfold,
A strength that can conquer, a spirit that’s bold,
Believe in yourself, and let your story be told.

Don’t let self-doubt linger, don’t let fear hold you back,
Embrace your uniqueness, and let your spirit attack,
With every step forward, you’ll find the right track,
Believe in yourself, and never look back.

6. I Can Do It

       by Anonymous

I can do it, I know I can,
I’ll set my goals and make a plan,
I’ll work hard and never stop,
Until I reach the top.

I’ll face my fears and overcome,
I’ll rise above and never be undone,
I’ll believe in myself and never give in,
I can do it, I’ll always win.

7. Never Give Up

       by Anonymous

When the road is rough and the wind is strong,
When the path is unclear and the journey is long,
When your heart is weary and your spirit is low,
Just remember these words, and let your spirit glow.

Never give up on your dreams, no matter how far,
Reach for the stars, and follow your guiding star,
Believe in yourself, and never lose sight,
Of the power within, that burns so bright.

8. Reach for the Sky

       by Anonymous

Reach for the sky, with all your might,
Spread your wings and take flight,
Soar above the clouds, and touch the sun,
Reach for the sky, and believe you can.

9. You Are Amazing

       by Anonymous

You are amazing, in every way,
With talents and gifts to display,
Believe in yourself, and let your light shine,
You are amazing, one of a kind.

10. Make a Difference

       by Anonymous

You have the power to make a difference,
To change the world with your brilliance,
Spread kindness and love, wherever you go,
Make a difference, and let your spirit glow.

11. The Guess

       by Edgar A. Guest

I guess that Life is trying to get us to learn,
To take our knocks and bruises, and never burn;
To keep on going, though sometimes it seems vain,
And always looking forward, never feel shame.

12. The Touch of the Master’s Hand

       by Myra Brooks Welch

The touch of the Master’s hand, so gentle and kind,
Can calm the troubled breast, and quiet the mind;
It brings peace and comfort, and banishes fear,
And speaks of a love that is always near.

13. The Heart of a Woman

       by Lydia M. Child

The heart of a woman goes forth in search of the truth,
With a courage that knows no bounds, and a steadfast youth;
She takes up her burden, and carries it bravely along,
Through trials and sorrows, through joy and through song.

14. I Carry You with Me

       by Anonymous

I carry you with me wherever I go,
In my heart, in my thoughts, in my soul;
You are my strength, my guiding star,
My shelter from the world’s stormy blast.

15. The Strength of a Woman

       by Anonymous

The strength of a woman is a mighty thing,
A force that can move mountains, and make them sing;
It’s a power that’s rooted deep within her soul,
A spirit that cannot be broken, or made to role.

Short Heart Poems

These short poems about heart are perfect for a quick and inspiring read. They pack a lot of emotion and meaning into just a few lines, making them the perfect pick-me-up for any time of day. So if you’re looking for a new way to get your blood flowing and your heart racing, check out these heart poems and feel the motivation pump through your veins!

1. The Heart

       by Rupi Kaur

my heart is a flame
that flickers in the dark
it whispers secrets
to the trees and stars

Heart by Sylvia Plath
My heart is a red red rose
That blooms in the snow
It’s petals are soft as silk
And its scent is sweet as flowers.

2. The Heart’s Desire

       by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

My heart’s desire, my heart’s delight
Is but thy love, O Lord, my sight
In thee I live, and move, and have my being
My heart’s desire, my heart’s believing.

3. A Heart

       by Emily Dickinson

A heart that sees—is blind
A heart that lives—is deaf
A heart that loves—is mute
A heart that beats—is numb.

4. The Heart Asks Pleasure First

       by Toni Morrison

The heart asks pleasure first,
And then, excuse from pain;
And then, those little anodynes
That deaden suffering.

5. Heart’s Needle

       by Edna St. Vincent Millay

My heart’s needle, swift and sure,
Pierces the veil that shrouds the future’s lure;
It stitches up the rent in faith’s fragile curtain,
Where doubt has torn the fabric of my certainty.

6. The Heart’s Language

       by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The heart’s language is a silent one,
It speaks in looks, in smiles, in tears;
It utters sounds that are not heard,
But felt, like music in the air.

7. Heart’s Music

       by Rabindranath Tagore

My heart plays the tune of love,
Like a lone bird singing in the night;
It longs for the harmony of souls,
In the silence of the stars above.

8. The Heart’s Journey

       by Hildegard of Bingen

My heart’s journey is a path of fire,
A road of flames that leads to the divine;
It burns with passion, it melts with desire,
As I seek union with the sacred fire.

9. Heart’s Home

       by Paul Laurence Dunbar

My heart, a wandering vagrant, finds
No home, no rest, until it binds
With yours, dear love, in love’s sweet tie,
And there, enfolded, it shall lie.

10. The Heart’s Love

       by William Wordsworth

The heart’s love is a thing so pure,
It cannot be measured or contained.
It’s a gift from above,
That’s meant to be sustained.

11. Heart’s Desire

       by Emily Dickinson

The heart is the best compass,
For finding the way.
Seek not guides; but be silent,
And hear what your heart says.

12. The Heart

       by Christina Rossetti

Oh, the heart, the heart, the heart!
What a restless thing it is!
Ever seeking, ever yearning,
For something it can’t possess.

13. The Heart’s Aflame

       by William Blake

Love’s secret flame does burn so bright,
It makes the heart grow light.
It fills the soul with joy and glee,
And sets the spirit free.

14. The Heart’s Song

       by Robert Louis Stevenson

The heart’s song is a melody,
That plays within the soul.
It’s a song of love and joy and hope,
That makes us feel whole.

15. The Beating Heart

       by Edgar Allan Poe

Tell me, tell me, oh beating heart,
Why do you beat so fast?
Are you filled with love and joy,
Or are you filled with pain and woe.

16. The Weary Heart

       by Christina Rossetti

Oh, the weary heart, the weary heart!
It longs for peace and rest.
It yearns for a place to lay its head,
And be forever blessed.

17. The Heart’s Desire

       by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The heart’s desire is a thing so deep,
It cannot be expressed in words.
It’s a yearning for something more,
Something that the world cannot afford.

18. The Heart’s Lament

       by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Oh, the heart’s lament, the heart’s lament!
It’s a song of sorrow and despair.
It’s a cry for help from the depths of the soul,
A plea for someone to care.

19. The Heart’s Courage

       by Robert Frost

The heart’s courage is a thing so strong,
It can overcome any fear.
It can face any challenge,
And never shed a tear.

Long Heart Poems

Whether you’re facing a big presentation at work, a tough exam, or just a difficult day, these long poems about the heart are sure to give you the motivation and encouragement you need to push through. So why wait? Check them out and get ready to take on the world!

1. A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

       by John Donne

As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say
The breath goes now, and some say, No:

So let us melt, and make no noise,
No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move;
‘Twere profanation of our joys
To tell the laity our love.

Moving of th’ earth brings harms and fears,
Men reckon what it did, and meant;
But trepidation of the spheres,
Though greater far, is innocent.

Dull sublunary lovers’ love
(Whose soul is sense) cannot admit
Absence, because it doth remove
Those things which elemented it.

But we by a love so much refined,
That ourselves know not what it is,
Inter-assured of the mind,
Care less, eyes, lips, and hands to miss.

Our two souls therefore, which are one,
Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion,
Like gold to airy thinness beat.

If they be two, they are two so
As stiff twin compasses are two;
Thy soul, the fixed foot, makes no show
To move, but doth, if the other do.

And though it in the center sit,
Yet when the other far doth roam,
It leans and hearkens after it,
And grows erect, as that comes home.

Such wilt thou be to me, who must,
Like th’ other foot, obliquely run;
Thy firmness makes my circle just,
And makes me end where I begun.

2. A Dream Within a Dream

       by Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

3. The Chapel in the Heart

       by Selena Ware Paine

Thrice happy is the man who keeps,
From other things apart,
A secret room, a holy place,
A chapel in his heart.
For there, when all the world outside
Grows dark upon his sight,
He can retire and find within
His chapel full of light.
And there, when jangling sounds of earth,
Discordant, fill his ear,
He can repair and, listening,
The eternal music hear.
And there, from praise and blame unjust,
Alone, he can confess,
In genuine humility,
His own unworthiness.
And there, when golden in his way,
Temptation spreads a snare,
Before he falters, he can flee
For refuge and for prayer.
Thrice happy is the man who keeps
From other things apart
This secret room, this holy place,
This chapel in his heart.

4. He Shall Save His People from Their Sins

       by E. N. S.

What my heart again backsliding,
Why wilt thou from Jesus flee?
Still deceitful still deceiving!
Why forsake the narrow way?
Does the Saviour’s cross alarm thee?
Is the yoke too much to bear?
Or does smiling pleasure hire thee,
With her baneful gilded snare?
Shun oh shun the vain deceiver,
Look not on the glitt ring bait;
Remorse and sorrow chaseth ever
Those who dwell within her gates;
But return to Jesus mourning,
Humbly to His foot stool flee;
He will pardon thee returning,
Graciously He’ll pardon thee.
Now take up the cross with pleasure,
‘Tis an easy yoke to bear!
This the christian’s greatest treasure,
We are His peculiar care.

5. The Song of the Bells

       by Jean Blewett

He frowned and shook his snowy head.
“Those clanging bells! they deafen quite
“With their unmeaning song,” he said.
“I’m weary of it all to-night—
The gladness, sadness. I’m so old
I have no sympathy to spare,
My heart has grown so hard and cold,
So full of self, I do not care
How many laugh, or long, or grieve
In all the world this Christmas eve.
“There was a time long, long ago—
They take our best, the passing years—
For the old life, and faith, and glow.
I’d give—what’s on my cheek? Not tears!
I have a whim. To-night I’ll spend
Till eyes turn on me gratefully—
An old man’s whim, just to pretend
That he is what he used to be;
For this one night, not want nor pain
Shall look to me for help in vain.”
“A foolish whim!” he muttered oft,
The while he gave to those in need,
But strangely warm and strangely soft
His old face grew, for self and greed
Slipped from him. Ah, it made him glow
To hear the blessing, thanks, the prayer.
He looked into his heart, and lo!
The old-time faith and love were there.
“Ring out, old bells, right gladly ring!”
He said, “Full sweet the song you sing.”

6. God Made the Heart

       by Charles Swain

God made the heart with every chord
Responsive to his love;
To cheer, to bless, and keep his word—
Like angel hearts above!
‘Twas made to feel for others’ woe,
Life’s sorrows to beguile;
To soothe the tears the wretched know,
And bid the mourner smile.
‘T was made to be the charm of earth,
Where all affections meet;
Where every human bliss hath birth,
And every hope is sweet.
‘T was formed the weak and sad to aid,
To bid misfortune flee;
If Man ne’er marred what God had made,
How heavenly earth would be!

7. Tintern Abbey

       by William Wordsworth

“Five years have passed; five summers, with the length
Of five long winters! and again I hear
These waters, rolling from their mountain-springs
With a soft inland murmur.—Once again
Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,
That on a wild secluded scene impress
Thoughts of more deep seclusion, and connect
The landscape with the quiet of the sky.

The day is come when I again repay
My friends, dear friends, who did so love me,
And, recollecting all those happy hours
We spent together, now once more I lay
This wreath upon your tomb, this token only,
Amidst the general silence, broken solely
By the low breath of whispers, friendship’s sighs,
Which, though they may be inarticulate, speak
More eloquently than words. For thus they seem
To say: ‘Here lies the body of John Shade,
Who loved us well, and often pondered deeply
On human nature, motives, views, and manners;
But now, alas! his wisdom cannot teach us,
Nor any longer can we hear him laugh.’

O blessed vision! happy living thoughts,
That give such meaning to my earthly lot!
Yet, O ye mountains! with your cloudy scalps
So high above the shadows, dappling half
Your own proud peaks, how does my spirit chafe
Against the bondage of mortality—
The weight, the weight that hangs upon our hearts,
As heavily as fetters! But, alas!
What help is there? What hope remains? None, none.
Then let us hold fast evermore the faith
That makes us free, and scorn the dreams of fear.”

8. Sonnet 116

       by William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

9. How Do I Love Thee?

       by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and heightMy soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

10. She Walks in Beauty

       by Lord George Gordon Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudierday denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

11. I Carry Your Heart with Me

       by E.E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i never am without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

12. When You Are Old

       by William Butler Yeats

When you are old and gray and full of sleep
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

And how you came with apple blossoms in your hair
And with a voice like music by the door:
And how we wandered in the fields, unaware
Of anything but joy; and how we tore

The violets from the banks and talked of love.
You will then remember and be glad to hear
That it was you and I who had the gladness,
That it was you and I who had the fear,
That it was you and I who had the pleasure,
And you and I who had the pain;
That it was you and I who had the end,
And you and I who had the rain:

And how it all seemed happy and how it all seemed planned.

Heart Poems That Rhyme

Whether you’re looking for a bit of motivation to start your day or a boost of confidence to get you through a tough time, these poems about heart with rhyme are the perfect remedy. So why wait? Take a moment to check them out and start feeling that energy flow!

1. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

       by Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

There will we sit upon the rocks,
And see the shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.

There will I make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle.

A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty lambs we pull,
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold.

There will I love thee till I die,
And there will I be buried by thee,
And thus I take my everlasting rest,
And there will I love thee best.

2. The Willow Song

       by Anonymous

Down by the river, where the willows weep,
I heard a maiden her sorrows deep,
She sang of love, and her voice was sweet,
As the purest music that ever greet.

Her hair was golden, her eyes were bright,
And her lips, they smiled with delight,
But her heart, it seemed, was full of woe,
For she sang of love that could not grow.

She sang of one who had left her side,
And how she wished that he were alive,
To share her love and dry her tears,
And ease the pain that filled her years.

But alas, he was far away,
And she must wait for a brighter day,
When they would meet again, and all would be well,
In a world where love would never fade or fell.

3. Love’s Rhyme

       by Anonymous

In the dance of hearts, a rhythmic beat,
Love’s sweet rhyme, oh, so neat.
Together we sing, in perfect time,
A melody pure, love’s sweetest chime.

4. Heart’s Whispers

       by Anonymous

In the hush of night, where stars align,
Heart’s whispers rhyme, a love divine.
Softly spoken, in the moonlight gleam,
Love’s sweet verses, a cherished dream.

5. Passion’s Song

       by Anonymous

Passion’s song, in hearts entwined,
A melody sweet, a love defined.
Rhyming verses, like poetry spun,
Two hearts united, forever one.

6. Eternal Flame

       by Anonymous

In the heart’s domain, a flame so bright,
Love’s eternal rhyme, a guiding light.
Hand in hand, through life we climb,
A love that echoes, a timeless rhyme.

7. Soulful Harmony

       by Anonymous

Soulful hearts in a sweet ballet,
Dancing together, come what may.
Rhyming in love, a harmonious tune,
Two hearts singing beneath the moon.

8. Everlasting Love

       by Anonymous

Love’s rhyme echoes, ever true,
A bond unbroken, like morning dew.
In the heart’s embrace, forever bind,
A love that rhymes, an eternal find.

9. Whispers of Affection

       by Anonymous

Whispers of affection, soft and clear,
Love’s rhyme resounds, drawing near.
In the heart’s theater, a tender play,
Love’s sweet verses, day by day.

10. Cupid’s Verse

       by Anonymous

Cupid aims, his arrows rhyme,
Hearts entangled in love’s paradigm.
Rhyming couplets, a poetic spree,
Love’s enchanting, sweet decree.

11. Endless Serenade

       by Anonymous

Hearts entwined in an endless rhyme,
Love’s serenade, through space and time.
Rhyming echoes, a love profound,
Two hearts beating, forever bound.

12. In Love’s Embrace

       by Anonymous

In love’s embrace, a rhythmic beat,
Hearts rhyming, oh, so sweet.
A sonnet of love, in verses fine,
Love’s rhyme, a forever sign.

Final Thoughts

Overall, heart poems can be a great source of motivation and inspiration for our daily lives.

They have the power to lift our spirits and give us the encouragement we need to keep going, no matter how hard things may seem.

By keeping this heart poetry close by at all times, your day will never lack in uplifting sentiment whenever it’s needed most.

So take a few moments out of your day to connect with one or two of them, and see how they affect you – you might be happily surprised.

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