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Well-known Poems

The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,…

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.…

Nothing Gold Can Stay

by Robert Frost
Nature’s first green is gold,…

If—

by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you…

The Raven

by Edgar Allan Poe
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,…

A Dream Within a Dream

by Edgar Allan Poe
Take this kiss upon the brow!…

Annabel Lee

by Edgar Allan Poe
It was many and many a year ago,…

Famous Speeches and Documents

I Have a Dream

by Dr. Martin Luther King
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history…

Gettysburg Address

by Abraham Lincoln (Bliss Copy)
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent,…

The King's Speech

by King George VI
In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in our history,…

Second Inaugural Address

by Abraham Lincoln
Fellow-countrymen: At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office,…

The United States Declaration of Independence

by Thomas Jefferson et al
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,…

Abolition Speech

by William Wilberforce
When I consider the magnitude of the subject which I am to bring before the House—…

Inaugural Address

by John F. Kennedy
Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower,…

Pearl Harbor Address

by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:…

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

by Patrick Henry
No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities,…

Resignation Speech

by George Washington
The great events on which my resignation depended having at length taken place;…

Challenger Address

by Ronald Reagan
Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d planned to speak to you tonight to report on the state of the Union,…

Excerpts from Shakespeare

Excerpt from Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1

To be, or not to be: that is the question:…

Excerpt from As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7

All the world’s a stage,…

Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?…

Passages from the King James Bible

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.…

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3–12)

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.…

Faith, Hope, Charity (1 Corinthians 13)

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity,…

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3–17)

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.…