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Famous Avenger Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert,
 And sad their house of rest:
Low lies the head, by Death’s cold arms
 In awful fold embrac’d.

I saw the grim Avenger stand
 Incessant by thy side;
Unseen by thee, his deadly breath
 Thy lingering frame destroy’d.

Pale grew the roses on thy cheek,
 And wither’d was thy bloom,
Till the slow poison brought thy youth
 Untimely to the tomb.

Thus wasted are the ranks of men—
 Youth, Health, and Beauty fall;
The ruthless ruin spreads around,
 And overwhelms us...Read more of this...

by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...And shame his halting thought with sad accusing eyes, 

And urge him on to action. Stern of brow
The just avenger, and the General now, 
He gives the silent signal to the band
Which, all impatient, waits for his command.
Cold lips to colder metal press; the air
Echoes those merry strains which mean despair
For sleeping chieftain and for toiling squaw, 
But joy to those stern hearts which glory in the law

Of murder paying murder's awful debt.
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by Horace,
...Or e'er he smite!
     Or Maia's son, if now awhile
       In youthful guise we see thee here,
     Caesar's avenger—such the style
               Thou deign'st to bear;
     Late be thy journey home, and long
       Thy sojourn with Rome's family;
     Nor let thy wrath at our great wrong
               Lend wings to fly.
     Here take our homage, Chief and Sire;
       Here wreathe with bay thy conquering brow,
     And bid the prancing Mede retire,
   ...Read more of this...

by Hugo, Victor
...e you?" 
 "I'm the judge." 
 "Then mercy, pray." 
 The voice replied: "God guides His chosen hand 
 To be th' Avenger in your path to stand. 
 Your hour has sounded, nothing now indeed 
 Can change for you the destiny decreed, 
 Irrevocable quite. Yes, I looked on. 
 Ah! little did you think that any one 
 To this unwholesome gloom could knowledge bring 
 That Joss a kaiser was, and Zeno king. 
 You spoke just now—but why?—too late to plead. 
 The forfeit's ...Read more of this...

by Belloc, Hilaire of all arts that be;
Wine, privilege of the completely free;
Wine the recorder; wine the sagely strong;
Wine, bright avenger of sly-dealing wrong,
Awake, Ausonian Muse, and sing the vineyard song!

Sing how the Charioteer from Asia came,
And on his front the little dancing flame
Which marked the God-head. Sing the Panther-team,
The gilded Thrysus twirling, and the gleam
Of cymbals through the darkness. Sing the drums.
He comes; the young renewer of Hellas comes...Read more of this...

by Pope, Alexander
...So when Curll's Stomach the strong Drench o'ercame,
(Infus'd in Vengenance of insulted Fame)
Th' Avenger sees, with a delighted Eye,
His long Jaws open, and his Colour fly;
And while his Guts the keen Emeticks urge,
Smiles on the Vomit, and enjoys the Purge....Read more of this...

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...y attends.
"And must I in a foreign land,
Unwept, deserted, perish here,
Falling beneath a murderous hand,
Where no avenger can appear?"

Deep-wounded, down he sinks at last,
When, lo! the cranes' wings rustle past.
He hears,--though he no more can see,--
Their voices screaming fearfully.
"By you, ye cranes, that soar on high,
If not another voice is heard,
Be borne to heaven my murder-cry!"
He speaks, and dies, too, with the word.

The naked corpse, ere long,...Read more of this...

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...ake the stern strength that Nature gives the few!
Woe, for too human was this fond heart's feeling--
Feeling!--my sin's avenger doomed to be;
Woe--for the false man's arm around me stealing,
Stole the lulled virtue, charmed to sleep, from me.

Ah, he perhaps shall, round another sighing
(Forgot the serpents stinging at my breast),
Gayly, when I in the dumb grave am lying,
Pour the warm wish or speed the wanton jest,
Or play, perchance, with his new maiden's tresses,
Answe...Read more of this...

by Scott, Sir Walter
...ove thy speed,
     For ne'er had Alpine's son such need;
     With heart of fire, and foot of wind,
     The fierce avenger is behind!
     Fate judges of the rapid strife—
     The forfeit death—the prize is life;
     Thy kindred ambush lies before,
     Close couched upon the heathery moor;
     Them couldst thou reach!—it may not be
     Thine ambushed kin thou ne'er shalt see,
     The fiery Saxon gains on thee!—
     Resistless speeds the deadly thrust,
   ...Read more of this...

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

In that hour of deep contrition
He beheld, with clearer vision,
Through all outward show and fashion,
Justice, the Avenger, rise.

All the pomp of earth had vanished,
Falsehood and deceit were banished,
Reason spake more loud than passion,
And the truth wore no disguise.

Every vassal of his banner,
Every serf born to his manor,
All those wronged and wretched creatures,
By his hand were freed again.

And, as on the sacred missal
He recorded their dismissal,
D...Read more of this...

by Masters, Edgar Lee
...non-resistant, free-thinker, in ethics a Christian;
Orator apt at the rhine-stone rhythm of Ingersoll.
Carnivorous, avenger, believer and pagan.
Continent, promiscuous, changeable, treacherous, vain,
Proud, with the pride that makes struggle a thing for laughter;
With heart cored out by the worm of theatric despair;
Wearing the coat of indifference to hide the shame of defeat;
I, child of the abolitionist idealism --
A sort of Brand in a birth of half-and-half.
Wh...Read more of this...

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