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Famous Anoint Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Anoint poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous anoint poems. These examples illustrate what a famous anoint poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Herrick, Robert the poor-man's fleece;
No widow's tenement was rack'd to gild
Or fret thy cieling, or to build
A sweating-closet, to anoint the silk-
Soft skin, or bath[e] in asses' milk;
No orphan's pittance, left him, served to set
The pillars up of lasting jet,
For which their cries might beat against thine ears,
Or in the damp jet read their tears.
No plank from hallow'd altar does appeal
To yond' Star-chamber, or does seal
A curse to thee, or thine; but all things even
Make for t...Read More

by Dryden, John
Which Hebrew priests the more unkindly took,
Because the fleece accompanies the flock.
Some thought they God's anointed meant to slay
By guns, invented since full many a day:
Our author swears it not; but who can know
How far the Devil and Jebusites may go?
This plot, which fail'd for want of common sense,
Had yet a deep and dangerous consequence:
For, as when raging fevers boil the blood,
The standing lake soon floats into a flood;
And ev'ry hostile humour, which be...Read More

by Homer,
...ild grew like some immortal being, not fed with food nor nourished at the breast: for by day rich-crowned Demeter would anoint him with ambrosia as if he were the offspring of a god and breathe sweetly upon him as she held him in her bosom. But at night she would hide him like a brand in the heart of the fire, unknown to his dear parents. And it wrought great wonder in these that he grew beyond his age; for he was like the gods face to face. And she would have mad...Read More

by Johnson, James Weldon
Lord, turpentine his imagination,
Put perpetual motion in his arms,
Fill him full of the dynamite of Thy power,
Anoint him all over with the oil of Thy salvation,
And set his tongue on fire.

And now, O Lord--
When I've done drunk my last cup of sorrow--
When I've been called everything but a child of God--
When I'm done traveling up the rough side of the mountain--
O--Mary's Baby--
When I start down the steep and slippery steps of death--
When this old world begi...Read More

by Meredith, George
...them for tears, you yet may smile, 
Nay, laugh outright, as I have done just now. 
The interview was gracious: they anoint 
(To me aside) each other with fine praise: 
Discriminating compliments they raise, 
That hit with wondrous aim on the weak point: 
My Lady's nose of Nature might complain. 
It is not fashioned aptly to express 
Her character of large-browed steadfastness. 
But Madam says: Thereof she may be vain! 
Now, Madam's faulty feature is a glazed 
And ...Read More

by Watts, Isaac
A sceptre in thy hand.

[Thy Father and thy God
Hath without measure shed
His Spirit, like a joyful oil,
T' anoint thy sacred head.]

[Behold, at thy right hand
The Gentile church is seen,
Like a fair bride in rich attire,
And princes guard the queen.]

Fair bride, receive his love,
Forget thy father's house;
Forsake thy gods, thy idol gods,
And pay thy Lord thy vows.

O let thy God and King
Thy sweetest thoughts employ;
Thy children shall his honors s...Read More

by Smart, Christopher
...check me and sustain. 

Thou shalt my plenteous board appoint 
Before the braving foe; 
Thine oil and wine my head anoint, 
And make my goblet flow. 

But great still Thy love and grace 
Shall all my life attend; 
And in Thine hallow'd dwelling place 
My knees shall ever bend....Read More

by Bogan, Louise
...Then for an instant I have felt at point 
To find and seize her, whosoe'er she be, 
Whether some saint whose glory doth anoint 
Those whom she loves, or but a part of me, 
Or something that the things not understood 
Make for their uses out of flesh and blood....Read More

by Lowell, Amy
In another room are my grindstones and hones,
For whetting razors and putting a point
On daggers, sometimes I even anoint
The blades with a subtle poison, so
A twofold result may follow the blow.
These are purchased by men who feel
The need of stabbing society's heel,
Which egotism has brought them to think
Is set on their necks. I have foils to pink
An adversary to quaint reply,
And I have customers who buy
Scalpels with which to dissect the brains
And hearts of...Read More

by Sexton, Anne that would not stop.

And now I spend all day taking care
of my body, that baby. Its cargo is scarred.
I anoint the bedpan. I brush my hair,
waiting in the pain machine for my bones to get hard,

for the soft, soft bones that were laid apart
and were screwed together. They will knit.
And the other corpse, the fractured heart,
I feed it piecemeal, little chalice. I'm good to it.

Yet lie a fire alarm it waits to be known.
It is wired....Read More

by Benet, Stephen Vincent

She moaned once, knowing everything; 
Then, bitterer than death, she found 
The soft handmaidens, in a ring, 
Come to anoint her, all around, 
That she might please the king. 

Opium -- and the odor dies away, 
Leaving the air yet heavy -- cassia -- myrrh -- 
Bitter and splendid. See, the poisons come, 
Trooping in squat green vials, blazoned red 
With grinning skulls: strychnine, a pallid dust 
Of tiny grains, like bones ground fine; and next 
The muddy green of ar...Read More

by Lowell, Amy,
Rapier at point,
And a wrist which whirls round
Like a circular joint.
A spatter of blood, man!
That's just to anoint
And make supple your limbs.
'Tis a pity the silk
Of your waistcoat is stained.
Why! Your heart's full of milk,
And so full, it spills over!
I'm not of your ilk.
You said so, and laughed
At my old-fashioned hose,
At the cut of my hair,
At the length of my nose.
To carve it to pattern
I think you propose.
Your pardon, young Sir,
But ...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey in the greater end there was.
His head was bald, and shone as any glass,
And eke his face, as it had been anoint;
He was a lord full fat and in good point;
His eyen steep,* and rolling in his head, *deep-set
That steamed as a furnace of a lead.
His bootes supple, his horse in great estate,
Now certainly he was a fair prelate;
He was not pale as a forpined* ghost; *wasted
A fat swan lov'd he best of any roast.
His palfrey was as brown as is a berry.

...Read More

by Lowell, Amy more alone.
We front another day as man and wife.
I shall be back almost before I'm gone,
And midnight shall anoint and crown our life."
Then through the gate he passed. Along the street
She watched his buttons gleaming in the moon.
He stopped to wave and turned the garden wall.
Straight she sank down upon a mossy seat.
Her senses, mist-encircled by a swoon,
Swayed to unconsciousness beneath its wreathing pall.

Briskly Max walked beside ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...the soul had ceased its sway— 
 Was placed where earth upon it heavy lay, 
 While seek the mouldering bones rare oils anoint 
 Claw of tree's root and tooth of rocky point. 
 Weeds thrive on them who made the world a mart 
 Of human flesh, plants force their joints apart. 
 No deed of eminence the greatest saves, 
 And of mausoleums make panthers caves." 
 The Cup, Zim, in his fury, dashed upon the floor, 
 Crying aloud for lights. Slaves, at his angry call, 
 In...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
...I write this,
curl up individually like toes.
I am shoveling the children out,
scoop after scoop.
Only my books anoint me,
and a few friends,
those who reach into my veins.
Maybe I am becoming a hermit,
opening the door for only
a few special animals?
Maybe my skull is too crowded
and it has no opening through which
to feed it soup?
Maybe I have plugged up my sockets
to keep the gods in?
Maybe, although my heart
is a kitten of butter,
I am blowing it up like a zep...Read More

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