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Famous Arabian Poems by Famous Poets

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by Brackenridge, Hugh Henry
In search of prey o'er hill and mountain rang'd, 
Fierce as the tygers and the wolves they flew. 
Thus lives th' Arabian and the Tartar wild 
In woody wastes which never felt the plough; 
But agriculture crowns our happy land, 
And plants our colonies from north to south, 
From Cape Breton far as the Mexic bay 
From th' Eastern shores to Missisippi's stream. 
Famine to us unknown, rich plenty reigns 
And pours her blessings with a lavish hand. 

LEANDER. ...Read More

by Smart, Christopher
...hat makes the cataracts to fall, 
 Or bids the sea be smooth! 

For ADORATION, incense comes 
From bezoar, and Arabian gums; 
 And from the civet's fur: 
But as for prayer, or e'er it faints, 
Far better is the breath of saints 
 Than galbanum and myrrh.

For ADORATION from the down 
Of dam'sins to th'anana's crown,
 God sends to tempt the taste; 
And while the luscious zest invites, 
The sense, that in the scene delights, 
 Commands desire be chaste. ...Read More

by Whittier, John Greenleaf
Seeking a good beyond my own, 
By clear-eyed Duty piloted. 

O mariners, hoping still to meet 
The luck Arabian voyagers met, 
And find in Bagdad's moonlit street, 
Haroun al Raschid walking yet, 

Take with you, on your Sea of Dreams, 
The fair, fond fancies dear to youth. 
I turn from all that only seems, 
And seek the sober grounds of truth. 

What matter that it is not May, 
That birds have flown, and trees are bare, 
That darker grows t...Read More

by Keats, John
...e kept,
Like one who on the earth had never stept.
Aye, even as dead-still as a marble man,
Frozen in that old tale Arabian.

 Who whispers him so pantingly and close?
Peona, his sweet sister: of all those,
His friends, the dearest. Hushing signs she made,
And breath'd a sister's sorrow to persuade
A yielding up, a cradling on her care.
Her eloquence did breathe away the curse:
She led him, like some midnight spirit nurse
Of happy changes in emphatic dreams,
A...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...laughter, swearing he had glamour enow 
In his own blood, his princedom, youth and hopes, 
To plunge old Merlin in the Arabian sea; 
So pushed them all unwilling toward the gate. 
And there was no gate like it under heaven. 
For barefoot on the keystone, which was lined 
And rippled like an ever-fleeting wave, 
The Lady of the Lake stood: all her dress 
Wept from her sides as water flowing away; 
But like the cross her great and goodly arms 
Stretched under the corni...Read More

by Hikmet, Nazim
...the corpse of a blue-eyed sailor
 tossed overboard,
Bombay watches, leaning on its elbow...
 Bombay moon,
 Arabian Sea.
The fire of the Indochina sun
warms the blood
 lie Malacca wine.
They lure sailors to gilded stars,
 those Indochina nights,
 those Indochina nights..."

Part Three
Gioconda's End


Shanghai is a big port,
an excellent port,
It's ships are taller than
horned mandarin mansions.
My, my!
What a strang...Read More

by Thoreau, Henry David
...ulting June, 
And vexing day with its presuming face. 

Such fragrance round my couch it makes, 
More rich than are Arabian drugs, 
That my soul scents its life and wakes 
The body up beneath its perfumed rugs. 

Such is the Muse, the heavenly maid, 
The star that guides our mortal course, 
Which shows where life's true kernel's laid, 
Its wheat's fine flour, and its undying force. 

She with one breath attunes the spheres, 
And also my poor human heart, 
With one...Read More

by Smart, Christopher

Let Kelaiah rejoice with Hermannia. 

Let Elasah rejoice with Olibanum White or Male Frankinsense from an Arabian tree, good against Catarrhs and Spitting blood from which Christ Jesus deliver me. 

Let Adna rejoice with Gum Opopanax from the wounded root of a species of panace Heracleum a tall plant growing to be two or three yards high with many large wings of a yellowish green -- good for old coughs and asthmas. 

Let Bedeiah rejoice with Gum Sagapenu...Read More

by Collins, Billy
...the beautiful complexity introduced by two.
But I can lie on my bed and remember every digit.
At four I was an Arabian wizard.
I could make myself invisible
by drinking a glass of milk a certain way.
At seven I was a soldier, at nine a prince.

But now I am mostly at the window
watching the late afternoon light.
Back then it never fell so solemnly
against the side of my tree house,
and my bicycle never leaned against the garage
as it does today,
all t...Read More

by Milton, John choice regard 
From Paneas, the fount of Jordan's flood, 
To Beersaba, where the Holy Land 
Borders on Egypt and the Arabian shore; 
So wide the opening seemed, where bounds were set 
To darkness, such as bound the ocean wave. 
Satan from hence, now on the lower stair, 
That scaled by steps of gold to Heaven-gate, 
Looks down with wonder at the sudden view 
Of all this world at once. As when a scout, 
Through dark?;nd desart ways with?oeril gone 
All?might,?;t?kast...Read More

by Milton, John
And all the while harmonious airs were heard
Of chiming strings or charming pipes; and winds
Of gentlest gale Arabian odours fanned
From their soft wings, and Flora's earliest smells.
Such was the splendour; and the Tempter now
His invitation earnestly renewed:—
 "What doubts the Son of God to sit and eat?
These are not fruits forbidden; no interdict
Defends the touching of these viands pure; 
Their taste no knowledge works, at least of evil,
But life preserves,...Read More

by Milton, John
...lake; thence on
As far as Indus east, Euphrates west,
And oft beyond; to south the Persian bay,
And, inaccessible, the Arabian drouth:
Here, Nineveh, of length within her wall
Several days' journey, built by Ninus old,
Of that first golden monarchy the seat,
And seat of Salmanassar, whose success
Israel in long captivity still mourns;
There Babylon, the wonder of all tongues, 
As ancient, but rebuilt by him who twice
Judah and all thy father David's house
Led captive, and Je...Read More

by Seeger, Alan
...eyes fastened on vacancy, they seem 
To float upon the perfumed stream of some voluptuous Paradise, 

Or, rapt in some Arabian Night, to rock there, cradled and subdued, 
In a luxurious lassitude of rhythm and sensual delight. 

And only when the measures cease and terminate the flowing dance 
They waken from their magic trance and join the cries that clamor "Bis!" . . . 

Midnight adjourns the festival. The couples climb the crowded stair, 
And out int...Read More

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
...did stain
The altar; need but look upon
That dying statue, fair and wan,
If tears should cease, to weep again;
And rare Arabian odors came,
Through the myrtle copses, steaming thence 
From the hissing frankincense,
Whose smoke, wool-white as ocean foam,
Hung in dense flocks beneath the dome--
That ivory dome, whose azure night
With golden stars, like heaven, was bright
O'er the split cedar's pointed flame;
And the lady's harp would kindle there
The melody of an old air,
Softe...Read More

by Whitman, Walt the Vermont hills, and the long string of Cordilleras;
I see the vast deserts of Western America; 
I see the Lybian, Arabian, and Asiatic deserts; 
I see huge dreadful Arctic and Antarctic icebergs; 
I see the superior oceans and the inferior ones—the Atlantic and Pacific, the sea of
 Brazilian sea, and the sea of Peru, 
The Japan waters, those of Hindostan, the China Sea, and the Gulf of Guinea,
The spread of the Baltic, Caspian, Bothnia, the British shores,...Read More

by Morris, William
...t as by a fire
Unseen but near, he presently did stand;
And by an odorous breeze his face was fanned,
As though in some Arabian plain he stood,
Anigh the border of a spice-tree wood.

He moved not for awhile, but looking round,
He wondered much to see the place so fair,
Because, unlike the castle above ground,
No pillager or wrecker had been there;
It seemed that time had passed on otherwhere,
Nor laid a finger on this hidden place
Rich with the wealth of some forgotten ...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
instrument for taking the altitude of the sun or stars.

3. "Augrim" is a corruption of algorithm, the Arabian term for
numeration; "augrim stones," therefore were probably marked
with numerals, and used as counters.

4. Angelus ad virginem: The Angel's salutation to Mary; Luke i.
28. It was the "Ave Maria" of the Catholic Church service.

5. Cato: Though Chaucer may have referred to the famous
Censor, more probably the reference is me...Read More

by Shakespeare, William
...Let the bird of loudest lay,
On the sole Arabian tree,
Herald sad and trumpet be,
To whose sound chaste wings obey.

But thou, shrieking harbinger,
Foul pre-currer of the fiend,
Augur of the fever's end,
To this troop come thou not near.

From this session interdict
Every fowl of tyrant wing,
Save the eagle, feather'd king:
Keep the obsequy so strict.

Let the priest in surplice white,
...Read More

by Warton, Thomas
...g band,
And start at each low wind, or wakeful sound;
What though thy stay the pilgrim curseth oft,
As all-benighted in Arabian wastes
He hears the wilderness around him howl
With roaming monsters, while on his hoar head
The black-descending tempest ceaseless beats;
Yet more delightful to my pensive mind
Is thy return, than blooming morn's approach,
E'en then, in youthful pride of opening May,
When from the portals of the saffron east
She sheds fresh roses, and ambrosial dews...Read More

by Du Bois, W. E. B.
...e fools to their glory,
But black men of Egypt and Ind,
Ethiopia's sons of the evening,
Indians and yellow Chinese,
Arabian children of morning,
And mongrels of Rome and Greece?
Ah, well!
And they that raised the boasters
Shall drag them down again,—
Down with the theft of their thieving
And murder and mocking of men;
Down with their barter of women
And laying and lying of creeds;
Down with their cheating of childhood
And drunken orgies of war,—
dee...Read More

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