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Famous Belial Poems by Famous Poets

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by Burns, Robert
...a new song to the Lord,
 Make, all and every one,
A joyful noise, even for the King
 His restoration.

The sons of Belial in the land
 Did set their heads together;
Come, let us sweep them off, said they,
 Like an o’erflowing river.

They set their heads together, I say,
 They set their heads together;
On right, on left, on every hand,
 We saw none to deliver.

Thou madest strong two chosen ones
 To quell the Wicked’s pride;
That Young Man, great in Issachar,
 ...Read More

by Dryden, John
...tice did uphold;
His neck was loaded with a chain of gold.
During his office, treason was no crime.
The sons of Belial had a glorious time:
For Shimei, though not prodigal of pelf,
Yet lov'd his wicked neighbour as himself:
When two or three were gather'd to declaim
Against the monarch of Jerusalem,
Shimei was always in the midst of them.
And, if they curst the king when he was by,
Would rather curse, than break good company.
If any durst his factious friends ...Read More

by Milton, John
...ght, when he passed 
From Egypt marching, equalled with one stroke 
Both her first-born and all her bleating gods. 
Belial came last; than whom a Spirit more lewd 
Fell not from Heaven, or more gross to love 
Vice for itself. To him no temple stood 
Or altar smoked; yet who more oft than he 
In temples and at altars, when the priest 
Turns atheist, as did Eli's sons, who filled 
With lust and violence the house of God? 
In courts and palaces he also reigns, 
And in lu...Read More

by Milton, John, and his look denounced 
Desperate revenge, and battle dangerous 
To less than gods. On th' other side up rose 
Belial, in act more graceful and humane. 
A fairer person lost not Heaven; he seemed 
For dignity composed, and high exploit. 
But all was false and hollow; though his tongue 
Dropped manna, and could make the worse appear 
The better reason, to perplex and dash 
Maturest counsels: for his thoughts were low-- 
 To vice industrious, but to nobler deed...Read More

by Milton, John
...ce: But I suppose, 
If our proposals once again were heard, 
We should compel them to a quick result. 
To whom thus Belial, in like gamesome mood. 
Leader! the terms we sent were terms of weight, 
Of hard contents, and full of force urged home; 
Such as we might perceive amused them all, 
And stumbled many: Who receives them right, 
Had need from head to foot well understand; 
Not understood, this gift they have besides, 
They show us when our foes walk not upright.Read More

by Milton, John
...ld Serpent, doubting, and from all
With clamour was assured their utmost aid
At his command; when from amidst them rose
Belial, the dissolutest Spirit that fell, 
The sensualest, and, after Asmodai,
The fleshliest Incubus, and thus advised:—
 "Set women in his eye and in his walk,
Among daughters of men the fairest found.
Many are in each region passing fair
As the noon sky, more like to goddesses
Than mortal creatures, graceful and discreet,
Expert in amorous arts, encha...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...Was very, very bad indeed.
He smoked cigars, called churches slow,
And raced -- but this she did not know.

For Belial Machiavelli kept
 The little fact a secret, and,
Though o'er his minor sins she wept,
 Jane Austen did not understand
That Lilly -- thirteen-two and bay
Absorbed one-half her husband's pay.

She was so good, she made hime worse;
 (Some women are like this, I think;)
He taught her parrot how to curse,
 Her Assam monkey how to drink.
He vexed he...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...knew what to think of it, 
When I beheld you in your jesting way, 
Flitting and whispering round about the spit 
Where Belial, upon duty for the day, 
With Fox's lard was basting William Pitt, 
His pupil; I knew what to think, I say: 
That fellow even in hell breeds farther ills; 
I'll have him gagg'd — 'twas one of his own bills. 


'Call Junius!' From the crowd a shadow stalk'd, 
And at the same there was a general squeeze, 
So that the very ghosts no longer wal...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
Meanwhile, I marvel; for in you, it seems, 
Heredity outshines environment. 

What lingering bit of Belial, unforeseen, 
Survives and amplifies itself in you?
What manner of devilry has ever been 
That your obliquity may never do? 

Humility befits a father’s eyes, 
But not a friend of us would have him weep. 
Admiring everything that lives and dies,
Theophilus, we like you best asleep. 

Sleep—sleep; and let us find another man 
To lend another na...Read More

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