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Famous Anthems Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Bryant, William Cullen
And spread the roof above them,---ere he framed 
The lofty vault, to gather and roll back 
The sound of anthems; in the darkling wood, 
Amidst the cool and silence, he knelt down, 
And offered to the Mightiest solemn thanks 
And supplication. For his simple heart 
Might not resist the sacred influences, 
Which, from the stilly twilight of the place, 
And from the gray old trunks that high in heaven 
Mingled their mossy boughs, and from the sound 
O...Read More

by Bryant, William Cullen
...he architrave  
And spread the roof above them¡ªere he framed 
The lofty vault to gather and roll back 
The sound of anthems; in the darkling wood 5 
Amidst the cool and silence he knelt down  
And offered to the Mightiest solemn thanks 
And supplication. For his simple heart 
Might not resist the sacred influences 
Which from the stilly twilight of the place 10 
And from the gray old trunks that high in heaven 
Mingled their mossy boughs and from the sound 
Of...Read More

by Seeger, Alan
...lovable sway 
Of early desire, nor see when it goes 
The courts of Life's abbey in ivied decay, 
Whence sometime sweet anthems and incense arose. 

The delicate hues of its sevenfold rings 
The rainbow outlives not; their yellow and blue 
The butterfly sees not dissolve from his wings, 
But even with their beauty life fades from them too. 

No more would I linger past Love's ardent bounds 
Nor live for aught else but the joy that it craves, 
That, burden and essenc...Read More

by Pushkin, Alexander
...l dead -- the captain and his guard! --
But I, the enigmatic bard,
Was thrown to the shore alone.
I sing the former anthems, yet,
And dry my mantle, torn and wet,
In beams of sun under a stone....Read More

by Graves, Robert
...nd mutton chops. 
Said Jenkins, as my hand he shook, 
“They’ll put this in the history book.” 
We bawled Church anthems in choro 
Of Bethlehem and Hermon snow, 
With drinking songs, a jolly sound 
To help the good red Pommard round. 
Stories and laughter interspersed,
We drowned a long La Bass?e thirst— 
Trenches in June make throats damned dry. 
Then through the window suddenly, 
Badge, stripes and medals all complete, 
We saw him swagger up the street,
Just ...Read More

by Watts, Isaac
...Flowing from Christ the dying Lamb.

Now they approach th' Almighty throne
With loud hosannahs night and day;
Sweet anthems to the great Three One
Measure their blest eternity.

No more shall hunger pain their souls;
He bids their parching thirst begone,
And spreads the shadow of his wings
To screen them from the scorching sun.

The Lamb that fills the middle throne
Shall shed around his milder beams;
There shall they feast on his rich love,
And drink full joys fr...Read More

by Milton, John
...or can he be at rest 
Within his sacred chest, 
 Naught but profoundest Hell can be his shroud, 
In vain with Timbrel'd Anthems dark 
The sable-stoled Sorcerers bear his worshipt Ark. 

He feels from Juda's Land 
The dredded Infants hand, 
 The rayes of Bethlehem blind his dusky eyn; 
Nor all the gods beside, 
Longer dare abide, 
 Not Typhon huge ending in snaky twine: 
Our Babe to shew his Godhead true, 
Can in his swadling bands controul the damned crew. 

So when t...Read More

by Milton, John
...asting a dim religious light.
There let the pealing organ blow,
To the full-voiced quire below,
In service high and anthems clear,
As may with sweetness, through mine ear,
Dissolve me into ecstasies,
And bring all Heaven before mine eyes.
And may at last my weary age
Find out the peaceful hermitage,
The hairy gown and mossy cell,
Where I may sit and rightly spell
Of every star that heaven doth shew,
And every herb that sips the dew,
Till old experience do attain
To so...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...w! caw! the rooks are calling,
It is a sound of woe,
A sound of woe!

Through woods and mountain passes
The winds, like anthems, roll;
They are chanting solemn masses,
Singing, "Pray for this poor soul,
Pray, pray!"

And the hooded clouds, like friars,
Tell their beads in drops of rain,
And patter their doleful prayers;
But their prayers are all in vain,
All in vain!

There he stands in the foul weather,
The foolish, fond Old Year,
Crowned with wild flowers and with heather,
...Read More

by Kendall, Henry
...y Dream has flown; 

And my heart is beating sadly, and the music waxeth faint, 
Sailing up to holy Heaven, like the anthems of a Saint.
...Read More

by Wheatley, Phillis
How deckt with laurel, how enrich'd with gold!
O could she hear what praise thine harp employs,

How sweet thine anthems, how divine thy joys!
What heav'nly grandeur should exalt her strain!
What holy raptures in her numbers reign!
To sooth the troubles of the mind to peace,
To still the tumult of life's tossing seas,
To ease the anguish of the parents heart,
What shall my sympathizing verse impart?
Where is the balm to heal so deep a wound?
Where shall a sov'reign rem...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
(There must be one to startle Gl-dst-ne's soul
In that new land where all the wires are cut.
And Cr-ss snores anthems on the asphodel.)
God help you! And I'd help you if I could,
But that's beyond me. Yes, your speech was crude.
Sound claret after olives -- yours and mine;
But Medoc slips into vin ordinaire.
(I'll drink my first at Genoa to your health.)
Raise it to Hock. You'll never catch my style.
And, after all, the middle-classes gri...Read More

by Milton, John
...aried, and repaired
What hunger, if aught hunger, had impaired,
Or thirst; and, as he fed, Angelic quires
Sung heavenly anthems of his victory
Over temptation and the Tempter proud:—
 "True Image of the Father, whether throned
In the bosom of bliss, and light of light
Conceiving, or, remote from Heaven, enshrined
In fleshly tabernacle and human form,
Wandering the wilderness—whatever place, 
Habit, or state, or motion, still expressing
The Son of God, with Godlike force endue...Read More

by Whitman, Walt’d my eyes, 
Shadowy, vast shapes, smile through the air and sky,
And on the distant waves sail countless ships, 
And anthems in new tongues I hear saluting me....Read More

by Masefield, John
...Glory, men, for Christ is born. 

All the old monks' singing places 

Glimmered quick with flitting faces, 
Singing anthems, singing hymns 
Under carven cherubims. 
Ringer Dave aloft could mark 
Faces at the window dark 
Crowding, crowding, row on row, 
Till all the church began to glow. 
The chapel glowed, the nave, the choir, 
All he faces became fire 
Below the eastern window high 
To see Christ's star come up the sky. 
Then they lifted hands and turned, 
A...Read More

by Finch, Anne Kingsmill
...cred Rhime: 
You Aged, give Him Praise for your encrease of Time. 

Praise Him, ye Monarchs in supreme Command, 
By Anthems, like the Hebrew Kings; 
Then with enlarged Zeal throughout the Land 
Reform the Numbers, and reclaim the Strings, 
Converting to His Praise, the most Harmonious Things. 

Ye Senators presiding by our Choice, 
And You Hereditary Peers! 
Praise Him by Union, both in Heart and Voice; 
Praise Him, who your agreeing Council steers, 
Producing sweeter...Read More

by Laurence Dunbar, Paul
...You kin talk about yer anthems
An' yer arias an' sich,
An' yer modern choir-singin'
That you think so awful rich;
But you orter heerd us youngsters
In the times now far away,
A-singin' o' the ol' tunes
In the ol'-fashioned way.
There was some of us sung treble
An' a few of us growled bass,
An' the tide o' song flowed smoothly
With its 'comp'niment o' grace;
There was s...Read More

by Wheatley, Phillis
...row pour,
But haste to join him on the heav'nly shore,
On harps of gold to tune immortal lays,
And to your God immortal anthems raise....Read More

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