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Famous Benefits Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Herbert, George
...s I writ down for my part, 
Besides what I might have
Out of my stock of natural delights, 
Augmented with thy gracious benefits.

I looked on thy furniture so fine, 
And made it fine to me: 
Thy glorious household-stuff did me entwine, 
And 'tice me unto thee.
Such stars I counted mine: both heav'n and earth
Paid me my wages in a world of mirth.

What pleasures could I want, whose King I served? 
Where joys my fellows were? 
Thus argu'd into hopes, my thoughts re...Read More

by Marvell, Andrew
...heav'n on this isle pours, 
Fertile to be, yet never need her show'rs. 
A happy people, which at once do gain 
The benefits without the ills of rain. 
Both health and profit fate cannot deny; 
Where still the earth is moist, the air still dry; 
The jarring elements no discord know, 
Fuel and rain together kindly grow; 
And coolness there, with heat doth never fight, 
This only rules by day, and that by night. 

Your worth to all these isles, a just right brings, ...Read More

by Shakespeare, William
...heigh-ho! the holly!
This life is most jolly. 

Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
Thou dost not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remember'd not.
Heigh-ho! sing heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho! the holly!
This life is most jolly. 
...Read More

by Keats, John struck dumb,
Than speak against this ardent listlessness:
For I have ever thought that it might bless
The world with benefits unknowingly;
As does the nightingale, upperched high,
And cloister'd among cool and bunched leaves--
She sings but to her love, nor e'er conceives
How tiptoe Night holds back her dark-grey hood.
Just so may love, although 'tis understood
The mere commingling of passionate breath,
Produce more than our searching witnesseth:
What I know not: but w...Read More

by Khayyam, Omar
...I am such as Thy power has made me. I have lived a
hundred years filled with Thy benevolence and benefits.
I would like still a hundred years to commit sin and to
see if the sum of my faults outweighed Thy pity....Read More

by Stevenson, Robert Louis
...Charlie's Highlanders . . .

* * * * *

I have had talents, too. In life's first hour
God crowned with benefits my childish head.
Flower after flower, I plucked them; flower by flower
Cast them behind me, ruined, withered, dead.
Full many a shining godhead disappeared.
From the bright rank that once adorned her brow
The old child's Olympus

* * * * *

Gone are the fair old dreams, and one by one,
As, one by one, the means to reach them went,
As, o...Read More

by Pope, Alexander

Yet, Sir, reflect, the mischief is not great;
These madmen never hurt the Church or state:
Sometimes the folly benefits mankind;
And rarely av'rice taints the tuneful mind.
Allow him but his plaything of a pen,
He ne'er rebels, or plots, like other men:
Flight of cashiers, or mobs, he'll never mind;
And knows no losses while the Muse is kind.
To cheat a friend, or ward, he leaves to Peter;
The good man heaps up nothing but mere metre,
Enjoys his garden and hi...Read More

by Khayyam, Omar
...O God! open to me the door of Thy benefits. Make
me come to my fortune finally, that I may not be beholden
to Thy creatures. Oh! render me drunk with
wine, to the point where, freed from all knowledge,
the torments of my head may disappear....Read More

by Finch, Anne Kingsmill Progress close, 
And his renowned Ancestors repose; 
Where COVENTRY withdrew All but in Name, 
Leaving the World his Benefits and Fame; 
Where his Paternal Predecessor lies, 
Once large of Thought, and rank'd among the Wise; 
Whose Genius in Long-Leat we may behold 
(A Pile, as noble as if he'd been told 
By WEYMOUTH, it shou'd be in time possest, 
And strove to suit the Mansion to the Guest.) 
Nor favour'd, nor disgrac'd, there ESSEX sleeps, 
Nor SOMERSET his Master's...Read More

by Marvell, Andrew Heaven on this Isle poures,
Fertile to be, yet never need her showres.
A happy People, which at once do gain
The benefits without the ills of rain.
Both health and profit, Fate cannot deny;
Where still the Earth is moist, the Air still dry;
The jarring Elements no discord know,
Fewel and Rain together kindly grow;
And coolness there, with heat doth never fight,
This only rules by day, and that by Night.
Your worth to all these Isles, a just right brings,
The be...Read More

by Milton, John
...glory, who of his own
Hath nothing, and to whom nothing belongs
But condemnation, ignominy, and shame—
Who, for so many benefits received,
Turned recreant to God, ingrate and false,
And so of all true good himself despoiled;
Yet, sacrilegious, to himself would take 
That which to God alone of right belongs?
Yet so much bounty is in God, such grace,
That who advances his glory, not their own,
Them he himself to glory will advance."
 So spake the Son of God; and here again
...Read More

by Bible, The
...Bless the Lord, O my soul
And all that is within me
Forgetting not His benefits
Nor forgiveness of iniquity
Bless Him, who brings healing
And redemption to our lives
Crowning us with loving kindness
And with blessings, satisfies.Scripture Poem © Copyright Of M.S.Lowndes...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...ple at Olympia. 

The male and female many laboring not, 
Shall ever here confront the laboring many,
With precious benefits to both—glory to all, 
To thee, America—and thee, Eternal Muse. 

And here shall ye inhabit, Powerful Matrons! 
In your vast state, vaster than all the old; 
Echoed through long, long centuries to come,
To sound of different, prouder songs, with stronger themes, 
Practical, peaceful life—the people’s life—the People themselves, 
Lifted, illumin’...Read More

by Smith, Stevie
...poem because I thought it rather looked
As if the part the lions played was being overlooked.
By lions' jaws great benefits and blessings were begotten
And so our debt to Lionhood must never be forgotten....Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
...hat tracks the shallop's course in light,
          Melts in the lake away,
     Than men from memory erase
     The benefits of former days;
     Then, stranger, go! good speed the while,
     Nor think again of the lonely isle.

     'High place to thee in royal court,
          High place in battled line,
     Good hawk and hound for sylvan sport!
     Where beauty sees the brave resort,
          The honored meed be thine!
     True be thy sword, thy friend si...Read More

by Stevenson, Robert Louis
...From him that hath not, shall there not be taken
E'en that he hath, when he deserts the strife?
Life left by all life's benefits forsaken,
O keep the promise, Lord, and take the life....Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington if they found in mine 
Compassion that I might regret. 

Pity, I learned, was not the least
Of time’s offending benefits 
That had now for so long impugned 
The conservation of his wits: 
Rather it was that I should yield, 
Alone, the fealty that presents
The tribute of a tempered ear 
To an untempered eloquence. 

Before I pondered long enough 
On whence he came and who he was, 
I trembled at his ringing wealth
Of manifold anathemas; 
I wondered, while he seared ...Read More

by Bukowski, Charles
...'s the worst
in penthouses 
it's the worst
in skid row flophouses
it's the worst
at poetry readings
at rock concerts
at benefits for the disabled
it's the worst
at funerals
at weddings
it's the worst
at parades
at skating rinks
at sexual orgies
it's the worst
at midnight
at 3 a.m.
at 5:45 p.m.
it's the worst 
falling through the sky
firing squads
that's the best 
thinking of India
looking at popcorn stands
watching the bull get the matador
that's the best 
box...Read More

by Khayyam, Omar
...ife and I its prophet am. It is
balm for the heart, an elixir which fortifies the soul.
Has God Himself not said: The benefits of the human
race are found in wine....Read More

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