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Famous Benevolent Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...h a cheer,
 A cottage-rousing craw.
 But deep this truth impress’d my mind—
 Thro’ all His works abroad,
 The heart benevolent and kind
 The most resembles God....Read More

by Burns, Robert
A head for thought profound and clear, unmatch’d;
Yet tho’ his caustic wit was biting-rude,
His heart was warm, benevolent, and good....Read More

by Burns, Robert
A head, for thought profound and clear, unmatch’d;
Yet, tho’ his caustic wit was biting-rude,
His heart was warm, benevolent and good.
 · · · · · · O Dulness, portion of the truly blest!
Calm, shelter’d haven of eternal rest!
Thy sons ne’er madden in the fierce extremes
Of Fortune’s polar frost, or torrid beams;
If mantling high she fills the golden cup,
With sober, selfish ease they sip it up;
Conscious the bounteous meed they well deserve,
They only wonder “some f...Read More

by Service, Robert William Sixty-five.

Ah, though I've twenty years to go, I see myself quite plain,
A wrinkling, twinkling, rosy-cheeked, benevolent old chap;
I think I'll wear a tartan shawl and lean upon a cane.
I hope that I'll have silver hair beneath a velvet cap.
I see my little grandchildren a-romping round my knee;
So gay the scene, I almost wish 'twould hasten to arrive.
Let others sing of Youth and Spring, still will it seem to me
The golden time's the olden time, some ti...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...e-directed, may
Be happier than those more free.
When politics wield evil grip,
And warring factions rise and fall,
Benevolent dictatorship
May be the answer, after all....Read More

by Doty, Mark want to feel contained.
She said, You get home safe now, you hear?

In the same way Ezekiel turned back
to the benevolent stranger.
I will write a poem for you tomorrow,

he said. The poem I will write will go like this:
Our ancestors are replenishing
the jewel of love for us....Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...class=i0>As was my earliest vow ere madness fill'd my veins! Virgin! benevolent, and foe of pride,Ah! let the love of our one Author win,Some mercy for a contrite humble heart:For, if her poor frail mortal dust I lovedWith loyalty so wonderful and long,Much more my faith and gratitude for thee....Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...uld it amount
Were I to you as the boss employing and paying you, would that satisfy you? 

The learn’d, virtuous, benevolent, and the usual terms; 
A man like me, and never the usual terms. 

Neither a servant nor a master am I; 
I take no sooner a large price than a small price—I will have my own, whoever enjoys
I will be even with you, and you shall be even with me. 

If you stand at work in a shop, I stand as nigh as the nighest in the same shop; 
If you...Read More

by Hacker, Marilyn in your short odyssey
will open, you know this, in yet another
hotel room. They have become your mother
country: benevolent anonymity
of rough starched sheets, dim lamp, rickety
escritoire, one window. Your neighbors gather
up their crusts and rinds. Out of a leather
satchel, the man takes their frayed identity
cards, examines them. The sons watch, pale
and less talkative. A border, passport control,
draw near: rubber stamp or interrogation?
You hope th...Read More

by Whittier, John Greenleaf
...ngol shepherds sit
With grave responses listening unto it:
Once, on the errands of his mercy bent,
Buddha, the holy and benevolent,
Met a fell monster, huge and fierce of look,
Whose awful voice the hills and forests shook,
"O son of peace!" the giant cried, "thy fate
Is sealed at last, and love shall yield to hate."
The unarmed Buddha looking, with no trace
Of fear and anger, in the monster's face,
In pity said, "Poor fiend, even thee I love."
Lo! as he spake the sky...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...tall-topt city; 
And who has been bold and true? For I would be the boldest and truest being of the
And who benevolent? For I would show more benevolence than all the rest; 
And who has projected beautiful words through the longest time? Have I not outvied him?
 have I
 not said the words that shall stretch through longer time?
And who has receiv’d the love of the most friends? For I know what it is to receive
 passionate love of many friends; 
And who posses...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
Faces of friendship, precision, caution, suavity, ideality; 
The spiritual, prescient face—the always welcome, common, benevolent face, 
The face of the singing of music—the grand faces of natural lawyers and judges, broad
The faces of hunters and fishers, bulged at the brows—the shaved blanch’d faces
 orthodox citizens;
The pure, extravagant, yearning, questioning artist’s face; 
The ugly face of some beautiful Soul, the handsome detested or despise...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...only investments worth anything. 

No specification is necessary—all that a male or female does, that is vigorous,
 clean, is so much profit to him or her, in the unshakable order of the universe, and
 whole scope of it forever. 

Who has been wise, receives interest, 
Savage, felon, President, judge, farmer, sailor, mechanic, literat, young, old, it is the
The interest will come round—all will come round. 

Singly, wholly, to a...Read More

by Field, Eugene
...tain hearty manner 'nd a fulness uv the vest
Betokened that his sperrits 'nd his victuals wuz the best;
His face wuz so benevolent, his smile so sweet 'nd kind,
That they seemed to be the reflex uv an honest, healthy mind;
And God had set upon his head a crown uv silver hair
In promise uv the golden crown He meaneth him to wear.
So, uv us boys that met him out'n Denver, there wuz none
But fell in love with Dana uv the Noo York Sun.

But when he came to Denver in that ...Read More

by Milton, John
...t her shot darts of desire 
Into all eyes, to wish her still in sight. 
And Raphael now, to Adam's doubt proposed, 
Benevolent and facile thus replied. 
To ask or search, I blame thee not; for Heaven 
Is as the book of God before thee set, 
Wherein to read his wonderous works, and learn 
His seasons, hours, or days, or months, or years: 
This to attain, whether Heaven move or Earth, 
Imports not, if thou reckon right; the rest 
From Man or Angel the great Architect 
D...Read More

by Gorman, Amanda
...prevail over us?
We will not march back to what was
but move to what shall be
A country that is bruised but whole,
benevolent but bold,
fierce and free
We will not be turned around
or interrupted by intimidation
because we know our inaction and inertia
will be the inheritance of the next generation
Our blunders become their burdens
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might,
and might with right,
then love becomes our legacy
and change our children...Read More

by Southey, Robert

Ancient of Days! Eternal Truth! one hymn
One holier strain the Bard shall raise to thee,
Thee Powerful! Thee Benevolent! Thee Just!
Friend! Father! All in All! the Vines rich blood,
The Monarch's might, and Woman's conquering charms,--
These shall we praise alone? Oh ye who sit
Beneath your vine, and quaff at evening hour
The healthful bowl, remember him whose dews,
Whose rains, whose sun, matur'd the growing fruit,
Creator and Preserver! Reverence Him,
O thou who ...Read More

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