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Famous Baneful Poems by Famous Poets

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by Burns, Robert

 Note 1. Is thought to be a night when witches, devils, and other mischief-making beings are abroad on their baneful midnight errands; particularly those aerial people, the fairies, are said on that night to hold a grand anniversary.—R. B. [back]
Note 2. Certain little, romantic, rocky, green hills, in the neighbourhood of the ancient seat of the Earls of Cassilis.—R.B. [back]
Note 3. A noted cavern near Colean house, called the Cove...Read More

by Milton, John
...reat Comus,
Deep skilled in all his mother's witcheries,
And here to every thirsty wanderer
By sly enticement gives his baneful cup,
With many murmurs mixed, whose pleasing poison
The visage quite transforms of him that drinks,
And the inglorious likeness of a beast
Fixes instead, unmoulding reason's mintage
Charactered in the face. This have I learnt
Tending my flocks hard by i' the hilly crofts
That brow this bottom glade; whence night by night
He and his monstrous rout...Read More

by Robinson, Mary Darby
...nely grave. 

O'er the long grass the silv'ry dew, 
Soft Twilight's tears spontaneous shone; 
And the dank bough of baneful yew 
Supply'd the place of sculptured stone. 

Oft, as my trembling steps drew near, 
The aëry voice of FANCY gave 
The plaint of GENIUS to mine ear, 
That, lingering, murmur'd on his grave. 

"Cold is that heart, where honour glow'd, 
And Friendship's flame sublimely shone, 
And clos'd that eye where Pity flow'd, 
For ev'ry suff'ring but HIS...Read More

by Bryant, William Cullen
...e great of earth
Had crushed the weak for ever. Schooled in guile
For ages, while each passing year had brought
Its baneful lesson, they had filled the world
With their abominations; while its tribes,
Trodden to earth, imbruted, and despoiled,
Had knelt to them in worship; sacrifice
Had smoked on many an altar, temple roofs
Had echoed with the blasphemous prayer and hymn:
But thou, the great reformer of the world,
Tak'st off the sons of violence and fraud
In their green p...Read More

by Khayyam, Omar
...friend faithless? spurn him as a foe;
Upon trustworthy foes respect bestow;
Hold healing poison for an antidote,
And baneful sweets for deadly eisel know....Read More

by Crowley, Aleister
To the moon that beckons us
To dissolve our love in trance
Heedless of the hideous
Heat & hate of Sirius-
Shun his baneful brilliance!

Let us dance beneath the palm
Moving in the moonlight, frond
Wooing frond above the calm
Of the ocean diamond
Sparkling to the sky beyond
The enchantment of our psalm.

Let us dance, my mirror of
Perfect passion won to peace,
Let us dance, my treasure trove,
On the marble terraces
Carven in pallid embroeideries
For the vestal veil of...Read More

by Robinson, Mary Darby
...he timid Heart, 
Whose visionary spells can bind 
The strongest passions of the mind, 
Freezing Life's current with thy baneful Art. 

Nature recoils when thou art near, 
For round thy form all plagues are seen; 
Thine is the frantic tone, the sullen mien, 
The glance of petrifying fear, 
The haggard Brow, the low'ring Eye, 
The hollow Cheek, the smother'd Sigh, 
When thy usurping fangs assail, 
The sacred Bonds of Friendship fail. 
Meek-bosom'd Pity sues in vain; 
Im...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...eak, the moment flies,Promised at once to pity and to me.Alas! what baneful shade o'erhangs and driesThe seed so near its full maturity?'Twixt me and hope what brazen walls arise?From murderous wolves not even my fold is free.Ah, woe is me! Too clearly now I findThat felon Love, to aggravate my pa...Read More

by Robinson, Mary Darby
...m'd to partake the blissful change. 

Now with unmov'd and dauntless Eye,
I mark thy winged arrows fly;
No more thy baneful spells shall bind
The purer passions of my mind;
No more, false Love, shall jealous fears
Inflame my check with scalding tears;
Or shake my vanquish'd sense, or rend
My aching heart with poignant throes,
Or with tumultuous fevers blend,
Self-wounding, visionary woes.­ 

No more I'll waste the midnight hour 
In expectation's silent bow'r; 
And mus...Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...lad sound,
The multitude's voices so thrilling;
For the monarchless period, with horror rife,
Has ended now, after long baneful strife,
And the earth had a lord to possess her.
No longer ruled blindly the iron-bound spear,
And the weak and the peaceful no longer need fear
Being crushed by the cruel oppressor.

And the emperor speaks with a smile in his eye,
While the golden goblet he seizes:
"With this banquet in glory none other can vie,
And my regal heart well it pl...Read More

by Goldsmith, Oliver
...n is denied.
If to the city sped—what waits him there?
To see profusion that he must not share;
To see ten thousand baneful arts combined
To pamper luxury, and thin mankind;
To see those joys the sons of pleasure know
Extorted from his fellow creature's woe.
Here, while the courtier glitters in brocade,
There the pale artist plies the sickly trade;
Here, while the proud their long-drawn pomps display,
There the black gibbet glooms beside the way.
The dome where Pl...Read More

by Baudelaire, Charles
...virtue in their climbing for renown, 
Only they who faint or falter from the height are shaken down. 
At a cynic's baneful teaching let your lip in scorn be curled! 
`Brotherhood and Love and Honour!' is the motto for the world.'...Read More

by Bridges, Robert Seymour
...soon forgot. 

O my life's mischief, once my love's delight,
That drew'st a mortgage on my heart's estate,
Whose baneful clause is never out of date,
Nor can avenging time restore my right:
Whom first to lose sounded that note of spite,
Whereto my doleful days were tuned by fate:
That art the well-loved cause of all my hate,
The sun whose wandering makes my hopeless night: 
Thou being in all my lacking all I lack,
It is thy goodness turns my grace to crime,
Thy fleetne...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...n their views. 
 Against the pure scroll of the sky, a blot, 
 Stands out her sepulchre, a fatal spot 
 That seems a baneful breath around to spread. 
 The birds which chance to near it, drop down dead. 
 The queen is now attended on by shades, 
 Which have replaced, in horrid guise, her maids. 
 No life is here—the law says such as bore 
 A corpse alone may enter through yon door. 
 Before, behind, around the queen, her sight 
 Encounters but the same blank void of...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...d;But noxious, if malignant hands infuseIn their transmuted stems a baneful juiceAmongst the Romans, Varro next I spied,The light of linguists, and our country's pride;Still nearer as he moved, the eye could traceA new attraction and a nameless grace.Livy I saw, with dark invidious frownRead More

by Robinson, Mary Darby
...sorrow spreads its snare, 
And tempts its victim to DESPAIR, 
All, all its proud perfections fade 
In black, oblivion's baneful shade. 

O, SUN OF GENIUS! pierce the cloud 
That dares thy radiant glories shroud; 
Turn, turn thy course to bowers of joy, 
Where rob'd in Bliss, the Angel Boy 
Shall spread each witching, nameless sweet, 
Thy truant, wand'ring heart to greet; 
There, pour thy soul in faithful vows, 
While thy own LAUREL'S deathless boughs 
From each blest leaf...Read More

by Southey, Robert
...vies on the shore;
And where their armies claim'd the fight
Wither'd the warrior's might;
And o'er the unholy host with baneful breath
There Genius thou hast breath'd the gales of Death.

So perish still the robbers of mankind!
What tho' from Justice bound and blind
Inhuman Power has snatch'd the sword!
What tho' thro' many an ignominious age
That Fiend with desolating rage
The tide of carnage pour'd!
Justice shall yet unclose her eyes,
Terrific yet in wrath arise,
And tr...Read More

by Wheatley, Phillis
...while they stay,
Ye pupils, and each hour redeem, that bears
Or good or bad report of you to heav'n.
Let sin, that baneful evil to the soul,
By you be shun'd, nor once remit your guard;
Suppress the deadly serpent in its egg.
Ye blooming plants of human race divine,
An Ethiop tells you 'tis your greatest foe;
Its transient sweetness turns to endless pain,
And in immense perdition sinks the soul....Read More

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