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Famous Architect Poems by Famous Poets

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by Burns, Robert

May Freedom, Harmony, and Love,
 Unite you in the grand Design,
Beneath th’ Omniscient Eye above,
 The glorious Architect Divine,
That you may keep th’ unerring line,
 Still rising by the plummet’s law,
Till Order bright completely shine,
 Shall be my pray’r when far awa.

And you, farewell! whose merits claim
 Justly that highest badge to wear:
Heav’n bless your honour’d noble name,
 To Masonry and Scotia dear!
A last request permit me here,—
 When yearly ye ass...Read More

by Nash, Ogden
...le cross,
I have been this way before,
I have cased the joint at every point,
And there is no thirteenth floor.
The architect he skipped direct
From twelve unto fourteen,
There is twelve below and fourteen above,
And nothing in between,
For the vermin who dwell in this hotel
Could never abide thirteen."

Said Max, "Thirteen, that floor obscene,
Is hidden from human sight;
But once a year it doth appear,
On this Walpurgis Night.
Ere you peril your soul in murderer'...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...not what of honour and of light
Through unborn ages, to endure this blight?
So soon, and so successless? As I said,
The Architect of all on which we tread,
For Earth is but a tombstone, did essay
To extricate remembrance from the clay,
Whose minglings might confuse a Newton's thought,
Were it not that all life must end in one,
Of which we are but dreamers;—as he caught
As 'twere the twilight of a former Sun,
Thus spoke he,—"I believe the man of whom
You wot, who lies in this ...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...through dim lulls of unapparent growth, 
Or when the general work 'mid good acclaim 
Climbed with the eye to cheer the architect,-- 
Didst ne'er engage in work for mere work's sake-- 
Hadst ever in thy heart the luring hope 
Of some eventual rest a-top of it, 
Whence, all the tumult of the building hushed, 
Thou first of men might'st look out to the East: 
The vulgar saw thy tower, thou sawest the sun. 
For this, I promise on thy festival 
To pour libation, looking o'er ...Read More

by Marvell, Andrew
...ach in the house the highest place contends, 
And each the hand that lays him will direct, 
And some fall back upon the architect; 
Yet all composed by his attractive song, 
Into the animated city throng. 

The Commonwealth does through their centres all 
Draw the circumference of the public wall; 
The crossest spirits here do take their part, 
Fastening the contignation which they thwart; 
And they, whose nature leads them to divide, 
Uphold this one, and that the other ...Read More

by Smart, Christopher
...over the pond by the wood-side and feedeth on the cressies. 

Let Zorobabel bless with the Wasp, who is the Lord's architect, and buildeth his edifice in armour. 

Let Jehu bless with the Hornet, who is the soldier of the Lord to extirpate abomination and to prepare the way of peace. 

Let Mattithiah bless with the Bat, who inhabiteth the desolations of pride and flieth amongst the tombs. 

Let Elias which is the innocency of the Lord rejoice with the Dove.Read More

by Marvell, Andrew
...did forget 
Languard, Sheerness, Gravesend and Upnor? Pett. 
Who should it be but the Fanatic Pett? 
Pett, the sea-architect, in making ships 
Was the first cause of all these naval slips: 
Had he not built, none of these faults had been; 
If no creation, there had been no sin. 
But his great crime, one boat away he sent, 
That lost our fleet and did our flight prevent. 

Then (that reward might in its turn take place, 
And march with punishment in equal pace), 
...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
her chocolate-merchant, her candle-merchant, her sweetmeat purveyor;
her grocer, her butcher, her poulterer; her architect, and the shopkeeper
who sells her rouge; her perfumer, her dressmaker, her merchant 
of shoes.
She owes for fans, plants, engravings, and chairs. She 
masons and carpenters, vintners, lingeres. The lady's 
are in sad confusion.
And why? Why?
Can a river flow when the spring is dry?

Night. The Empress sits alone, an...Read More

by Yeats, William Butler
..., were the symbol which
Shadows the inherited glory of the rich.

Some violent bitter man, some powerful man
Called architect and artist in, that they,
Bitter and violent men, might rear in stone
The sweetness that all longed for night and day,
The gentleness none there had ever known;
But when the master's buried mice can play.
And maybe the great-grandson of that house,
For all its bronze and marble, 's but a mouse.

O what if gardens where the peacock strays
Wi...Read More

by Browning, Robert
* 7 Painter, sculptor, and goldsmith.
* 8 Distemper---mixture of water and egg yolk.
* 9 Sculptor and architect, died 1313-
*10 All Saints.
*11 A Florentine painter, died 1576.
*12 Tartar king.
*13 A woodcock...Read More

by Milton, John
...altus, yielded light 
As from a sky. The hasty multitude 
Admiring entered; and the work some praise, 
And some the architect. His hand was known 
In Heaven by many a towered structure high, 
Where sceptred Angels held their residence, 
And sat as Princes, whom the supreme King 
Exalted to such power, and gave to rule, 
Each in his Hierarchy, the Orders bright. 
Nor was his name unheard or unadored 
In ancient Greece; and in Ausonian land 
Men called him Mulciber;...Read More

by Milton, John
...ill, at the gate 
Of Heaven arrived, the gate self-opened wide 
On golden hinges turning, as by work 
Divine the sovran Architect had framed. 
From hence no cloud, or, to obstruct his sight, 
Star interposed, however small he sees, 
Not unconformed to other shining globes, 
Earth, and the garden of God, with cedars crowned 
Above all hills. As when by night the glass 
Of Galileo, less assured, observes 
Imagined lands and regions in the moon: 
Or pilot, from amidst th...Read More

by Milton, John
...This to attain, whether Heaven move or Earth, 
Imports not, if thou reckon right; the rest 
From Man or Angel the great Architect 
Did wisely to conceal, and not divulge 
His secrets to be scanned by them who ought 
Rather admire; or, if they list to try 
Conjecture, he his fabrick of the Heavens 
Hath left to their disputes, perhaps to move 
His laughter at their quaint opinions wide 
Hereafter; when they come to model Heaven 
And calculate the stars, how they will wield 
Th...Read More

by Milton, John
...t, these are thy magnifick deeds, 
Thy trophies! which thou viewest as not thine own; 
Thou art their author, and prime architect: 
For I no sooner in my heart divined, 
My heart, which by a secret harmony 
Still moves with thine, joined in connexion sweet, 
That thou on earth hadst prospered, which thy looks 
Now also evidence, but straight I felt, 
Though distant from thee worlds between, yet felt, 
That I must after thee, with this thy son; 
Such fatal consequence unites u...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl

Hour by hour the hand of the mason and the stuff of the
mortar clinch the pieces and parts to the shape an
architect voted.
Hour by hour the sun and the rain, the air and the rust,
and the press of time running into centuries, play
on the building inside and out and use it.

Men who sunk the pilings and mixed the mortar are laid
in graves where the wind whistles a wild song
without words
And so are men who strung the wires and fixed the pipes
and tubes an...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...As if they, too, the beams would be 
Of some great, airy argosy, 
Framed and launched in a single day. 
That silent architect, the sun, 
Had hewn and laid them every one, 
Ere the work of man was yet begun. 
Beside the Master, when he spoke, 
A youth, against an anchor leaning, 
Listened, to catch his slightest meaning. 
Only the long waves, as they broke 
In ripples on the pebbly beach, 
Interrupted the old man's speech. 
Beautiful they were, in sooth, 
The o...Read More

by Marvell, Andrew
Each in the House the highest Place contends,
And each the Hand that lays him will direct,
And some fall back upon the Architect;
Yet all compos'd by his attractive Song,
Into the Animated City throng.
The Common-wealth does through their Centers all
Draw the Circumf'rence of the publique Wall;
The crossest Spirits here do take their part,
Fast'ning the Contignation which they thwart;
And they, whose Nature leads them to divide,
Uphold, this one, and that the other Side;...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
...emed fantastically set
     With cupola or minaret,
     Wild crests as pagod ever decked,
     Or mosque of Eastern architect.
     Nor were these earth-born castles bare,
     Nor lacked they many a banner fair;
     For, from their shivered brows displayed,
     Far o'er the unfathomable glade,
     All twinkling with the dewdrop sheen,
     The briar-rose fell in streamers green,
     kind creeping shrubs of thousand dyes
     Waved in the west-wind's summer si...Read More

by Marvell, Andrew
...Within this sober Frame expect
Work of no Forrain Architect;
That unto Caves the Quarries drew,
And Forrests did to Pastures hew;
Who of his great Design in pain
Did for a Model vault his Brain,
Whose Columnes should so high be rais'd
To arch the Brows that on them gaz'd.

Why should of all things Man unrul'd
Such unproportion'd dwellings build?
The Beasts are by their Denns exprest:
And Birds contrive ...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...six days, nor in ten thousand years, nor ten billions of
Nor plann’d and built one thing after another, as an architect plans and builds a

I do not think seventy years is the time of a man or woman, 
Nor that seventy millions of years is the time of a man or woman, 
Nor that years will ever stop the existence of me, or any one else. 

Is it wonderful that I should be immortal? as every one is immortal; 
I know it is wonderful, but my eyesight is equ...Read More

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