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Famous Barbarian Poems by Famous Poets

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by Bai, Li
...s upon thousands of miles,
Blows past the Jade-gate Pass.
The army of Han has gone down the Baiteng Road,
As the barbarian hordes probe at Qinghai Bay.
It is known that from the battlefield
Few ever live to return.
Men at Garrison look on the border scene,
Home thoughts deepen sorrow on their faces.
In the towered chambers tonight,
Ceaseless are the women's sighs.
...Read More

by Brackenridge, Hugh Henry
...measure to the songs on high. 
Fill'd with this spirit poesy no more 
Adorns that vain mythology believ'd, 
By rude barbarian, and no more receives, 
The tale traditional, and hymn profane, 
Sung by high genius, basely prostitute. 
New strains are heard, such as first in the morn 
Of time, were sung by the angelic choirs, 
When rising from chaotic state the earth 
Orbicular was seen, and over head 
The blazing sun, moon, planet, and each light 
That gilds the firmamen...Read More

by Browning, Robert
Indeed, if Christus be not one with him-- 
I know not, nor am troubled much to know. 
Thou canst not think a mere barbarian Jew, 
As Paulus proves to be, one circumcised, 
Hath access to a secret shut from us? 
Thou wrongest our philosophy, O king, 
In stooping to inquire of such an one, 
As if his answer could impose at all! 
He writeth, doth he? well, and he may write. 
Oh, the Jew findeth scholars! certain slaves 
Who touched on this same isle, preached him and C...Read More

by Pope, Alexander
...r bound and bleeding lies!
Where, where was Eloise? her voice, her hand,
Her poniard, had oppos'd the dire command.
Barbarian, stay! that bloody stroke restrain;
The crime was common, common be the pain.
I can no more; by shame, by rage suppress'd,
Let tears, and burning blushes speak the rest.

Canst thou forget that sad, that solemn day,
When victims at yon altar's foot we lay?
Canst thou forget what tears that moment fell,
When, warm in youth, I bade the world ...Read More

by Akhmatova, Anna
...le green dome there that glows,
dim in the sun-shrouded dust.
The field of heroes lingers in my thought,
Kulikovo’s barbarian battleground.
The frozen poplars, like glasses for a toast,
clash now, more noisily, overhead.
As though it was our wedding, and the crowd
were drinking to our health and happiness.
But Fear and the Muse take turns to guard
the room where the exiled poet is banished,
and the night, marching at full pace,
of the coming dawn, has no knowl...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord poring over miserable books-- 

Fool, again the dream, the fancy! but I know my words are wild,
But I count the gray barbarian lower than the Christian child. 

I, to herd with narrow foreheads, vacant of our glorious gains,
Like a beast with lower pleasures, like a beast with lower pains! 

Mated with a squalid savage--what to me were sun or clime?
I the heir of all the ages, in the foremost files of time-- 

I that rather held it better men should perish one by one,
...Read More

by Po, Li
...ands upon thousands of miles,
Blows past the Jade-gate Pass.
The army of Han has gone down the Baiteng Road,
As the barbarian hordes probe at Qinghai Bay.
It is known that from the battlefield
Few ever live to return.
Men at Garrison look on the border scene,
Home thoughts deepen sorrow on their faces.
In the towered chambers tonight,
Ceaseless are the women's sighs....Read More

by Benet, Stephen Vincent
...hitely without rest, 
His fingers swept the keys that flashed like swords, 
. . . And to the brute drums of barbarian hordes, 
Roaring and thunderous and weapon-bare, 
An army stormed the bastions of the air! 
Dreadful with banners, fire to slay and parch, 
Marching together as the lightnings march, 
And swift as storm-clouds. Brazen helms and cars 
Clanged to a fierce resurgence of old wars 
Above the screaming horns. In state they passed, 
Trampling and ...Read More

by Po, Li
The long, long war goes on ten thousand miles from home,
Our three armies are worn and grown old.

The barbarian does man-slaughter for plowing;
On this yellow sand-plains nothing has been seen but
blanched skulls and bones.
Where the Chin emperor built the walls against the Tartars,
There the defenders of Han are burning beacon fires.
The beacon fires burn and never go out,
There is no end to war!—

In the battlefield men grapple each other and die;
...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...y-boy -- shame on you, shame on you, 
"Feed ye My little ones" -- what said the Lord? 

Him ye held less than the outer barbarian, 
Left him to die in his ignorant sin; 
Have you no principles, humanitarian? 
Have you no precept -- "Go gather them in?" 

Knew he God's name? In his brutal profanity 
That name was an oath -- out of many but one. 
What did he get from our famed Christianity? 
Where has his soul -- if he had any -- gone? 

Fourteen years old, and what was he ...Read More

by Bronte, Charlotte
...g since, has been. 

I suffered many things, I heard foretold 
A dreadful doom for Pilate,­lingering woes, 
In far, barbarian climes, where mountains cold 
Built up a solitude of trackless snows, 
There, he and grisly wolves prowled side by side, 
There he lived famished­there methought he died; 

But not of hunger, nor by malady;
I saw the snow around him, stained with gore; 

I said I had no tears for such as he, 
And, lo ! my cheek is wet­mine eyes run o'er; 
I weep fo...Read More

by Spenser, Edmund, and laid in comely rows, 
Upon the naked fields in stacks he rears: 
So grew the Roman Empire by degree, 
Till that barbarian hands it quite did spill, 
And left of it but these old marks to see, 
Of which all passersby do somewhat pill: 
As they which glean, the relics use to gather, 
Which th' husbandman behind him chanced to scatter. 


That same is now nought but a campion wide, 
Where all this world's pride once was situate. 
No blame to thee, whosoever ...Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...born spring;
Twice was the youth of time renewed,
Twice, from the seeds that ye had strewed.

When chased by fierce barbarian hordes away,
The last remaining votive brand ye tore
From Orient's altars, now pollution's prey,
And to these western lands in safety bore.
The fugitive from yonder eastern shore,
The youthful day, the West her dwelling made;
And on Hesperia's plains sprang up once more
Ionia's flowers, in pristine bloom arrayed.
Over the spirit fairer Natu...Read More

by Chesterton, G K
...e foes,
We will tame the sea and sky."

Smiled Alfred, "Seek ye a fable
More dizzy and more dread
Than all your mad barbarian tales
Where the sky stands on its head ?

"A tale where a man looks down on the sky
That has long looked down on him;
A tale where a man can swallow a sea
That might swallow the seraphim.

"Bring to the hut by Egbert's Stone
All bills and bows ye have."
And Alfred strode off rapidly,
And Colan of the Sacred Tree
Went slowly to his cave....Read More

by Keats, John
...All eyes be muffled, or a hundred swords
 Will storm his heart, Love's fev'rous citadel:
 For him, those chambers held barbarian hordes,
 Hyena foemen, and hot-blooded lords,
 Whose very dogs would execrations howl
 Against his lineage: not one breast affords
 Him any mercy, in that mansion foul,
Save one old beldame, weak in body and in soul.

 Ah, happy chance! the aged creature came,
 Shuffling along with ivory-headed wand,
 To where he stood, hid from the torch's fla...Read More

by Chesterton, G K
...a rigid Vegetarian.

No more the milk of cows
Shall pollute my private house
Than the milk of the wild mares of the Barbarian
I will stick to port and sherry,
For they are so very, very,
So very, very, very, Vegetarian....Read More

by von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang
...p, over the garden dispers'd;
any a name dost thou hear assign'd; one after another

Falls on thy list'ning ear, with a barbarian sound.
None resembleth another, yet all their forms have a likeness;

Therefore, a mystical law is by the chorus proclaim'd;
Yes, a sacred enigma! Oh, dearest friend, could I only

Happily teach thee the word, which may the mystery 
Closely observe how the plant, by little and little progressing,

Step by step guided on, changeth to blos...Read More

by Duncan, Robert
...The man with his lion under the shed of wars
sheds his belief as if he shed tears.
The sound of words waits -
a barbarian host at the borderline of sense.

The enamord guards desert their posts
harkening to the lion-smell of a poem
that rings in their ears. 

-Dreams, a certain guard said
were never designd so
to re-arrange an empire.

Along about six o'clock I take out my guitar
and sing to a lion
who sleeps like a line of poetry
in the shed of wars.
...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
That is not his alone. We are all alone; 
And yet we are all parcelled of one order—
Jew, Gentile, or barbarian in the dark 
Of wildernesses that are not so much 
As names yet in a book. And there are many, 
Finding at last that words are not the Word, 
And finding only that, will flourish aloft,
Like heads of captured Pharisees on pikes, 
Our contradictions and discrepancies; 
And there are many more will hang themselves 
Upon the letter, seeing not in ...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...R>Join'd the long pageant of the martial band;Who march'd in foreign or barbarian guiseFrom every realm and clime beneath the skies[Pg 388]But different far in habit from the rest,One tribe with reverent awe my heart impress'd:There he that entertain'd the grand desig...Read More

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