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Famous Assyria Poems by Famous Poets

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by Whitman, Walt
...nd fable, inscrutable, 
The envelop’d mysteries, the old and unknown hive-bees, 
The North—the sweltering South—eastern Assyria—the Hebrews—the Ancient of Ancients, 
Vast desolated cities—the gliding Present—all of these, and more, are in the

Geography, the world, is in it; 
The Great Sea, the brood of islands, Polynesia, the coast beyond; 
The coast you, henceforth, are facing—you Libertad! from your Western golden shores 
The countries there, with ...Read More

by Markham, Edwin
...blaze of swords to quell 
Insurgent cities. Let the iron tread 
Of armies shake the earth. Look, lofty towers: 
Assyria goes by upon the wind!" 
And so she babbles by the ancient road, 
While cities turned to dust upon the Earth 
Rise through her whirling brain to live again-- 
Babbles all night, and when her voice is dead 
Her weary lips beat on without a sound....Read More

by Markham, Edwin
...ONE night we were together, you and I, 
And had unsown Assyria for a lair, 
Before the walls of Babylon rose in air. 
How languid hills were heaped along the sky, 
And white bones marked the wells of alkali, 
When suddenly down the lion-path a sound . . . 
The wild man-odor . . . then a crouch, a bound, 
And the frail Thing fell quivering with a cry! 

Your yellow eyes burned beautifu...Read More

by Milton, John
Equalled in all their glories, to enshrine 
Belus or Serapis their gods, or seat 
Their kings, when Egypt with Assyria strove 
In wealth and luxury. Th' ascending pile 
Stood fixed her stately height, and straight the doors, 
Opening their brazen folds, discover, wide 
Within, her ample spaces o'er the smooth 
And level pavement: from the arched roof, 
Pendent by subtle magic, many a row 
Of starry lamps and blazing cressets, fed 
With naptha and asphaltus, yield...Read More

by Milton, John
...'er hill and dale,
Forest, and field, and flood, temples and towers,
Cut shorter many a league. Here thou behold'st
Assyria, and her empire's ancient bounds, 
Araxes and the Caspian 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 succ...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...he Venetian along the Po; 
I see the Greek seaman sailing out of Egina bay. 

I see the site of the old empire of Assyria, and that of Persia, and that of India; 
I see the falling of the Ganges over the high rim of Saukara.

I see the place of the idea of the Deity incarnated by avatars in human forms; 
I see the spots of the successions of priests on the earth—oracles, sacrificers, brahmins,
 sabians, lamas, monks, muftis, exhorters; 
I see where druids walked the...Read More

by Gibran, Kahlil
...ess and sorrow of those achievements. 

I conversed with the magicians of Ain Dour; 
I debated with the priests of Assyria; 
I gleaned depth from the prophets of Palestine. 
Yet, I am still seeking truth. 

I gathered wisdom from quiet India; 
I probed the antiquity of Arabia; 
I heard all that can be heard. 
Yet, my heart is deaf and blind. 

I suffered at the hands of despotic rulers; 
I suffered slavery under insane invaders; 
I suffered hunger impos...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
 "For the naked iron's sake,
"But I -- I trap them armoured into peace.

"The flocks that Egypt pledged me to Assyria I drave,
"And Pharaoh hath the increase of the herds that Sargon gave.
 "Not for Ashdod overthrown
 "Will the Kings destroy their own,
"Or their peoples wake the strife they feign to brave.

"Is not Carchemish like Calno? For the steeds of their desire
"They have sold me seven harvests that I sell to Crowning Tyre;
 "And the Tyrian sweeps the...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...o part.

Have I forgotten any part? 
Come to me, whoever and whatever, till I give you recognition. 

I respect Assyria, China, Teutonia, and the Hebrews; 
I adopt each theory, myth, god, and demi-god; 
I see that the old accounts, bibles, genealogies, are true, without exception;
I assert that all past days were what they should have been; 
And that they could no-how have been better than they were, 
And that to-day is what it should be—and that America is, 
And that...Read More

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