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Famous Besieging Poems by Famous Poets

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by Du Bois, W. E. B.
...t lie and steal and kill,
Sinning the sin each separate heart disclaims,
Clambering upon our riven, writhing selves,
Besieging Heaven by trampling men to Hell!
We be blood-guilty! Lo, our hands be red!
Not one may blame the other in this sin!
But here—here in the white Silence of the Dawn,
Before the Womb of Time,
With bowed hearts all flame and shame,
We face the birth-pangs of a world:
We hear the stifled cry of Nations all but born—
The wail of women ravished of...Read More

by Lowell, Amy back and watches. Snatches 
of music --
snarling, sneering music of bagpipes. They say a Scotch 
is besieging Saint-Denis. The Emperor wipes his face, 
or is it his eyes.
His tired eyes which see nowhere the grace they long for. Josephine!
Somebody asks him a question, he does not answer, somebody else 
does that.
There are voices, but one voice he does not hear, and yet he hears 
all the time. Josephine! The Emperor puts 
up his han...Read More

by Milton, John
...l: Then thou shalt behold 
Whether by supplication we intend 
Address, and to begirt the almighty throne 
Beseeching or besieging. This report, 
These tidings carry to the anointed King; 
And fly, ere evil intercept thy flight. 
He said; and, as the sound of waters deep, 
Hoarse murmur echoed to his words applause 
Through the infinite host; nor less for that 
The flaming Seraph fearless, though alone 
Encompassed round with foes, thus answered bold. 
O alienate f...Read More

by Keats, John
 A chain-droop'd lamp was flickering by each door;
 The arras, rich with horseman, hawk, and hound,
 Flutter'd in the besieging wind's uproar;
And the long carpets rose along the gusty floor.

 They glide, like phantoms, into the wide hall;
 Like phantoms, to the iron porch, they glide;
 Where lay the Porter, in uneasy sprawl,
 With a huge empty flaggon by his side:
 The wakeful bloodhound rose, and shook his hide,
 But his sagacious eye an inmate owns:
 By one, and one...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
 Is flaming instead! 
 Men, women, in crowds 
 Hurry on—the fire shrouds 
 And blinds all their eyes 
 As, besieging each gate 
 Of these cities of fate 
 To the conscience-struck crowd, 
 In each fiery cloud, 
 Hell appears in the skies! 
 Men say that then, to see his foe's sad fall 
 As some old prisoner clings to his prison wall, 
 Babel, accomplice of their guilt, was seen 
 O'er the far hills to gaze with vision keen! 
 And as w...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
One whom memory oft recalls,
The Father of his Country, dwelt.
And yonder meadows broad and damp
The fires of the besieging camp
Encircled with a burning belt.
Up and down these echoing stairs,
Heavy with the weight of cares,
Sounded his majestic tread;
Yes, within this very room
Sat he in those hours of gloom,
Weary both in heart and head.

But what are these grave thoughts to thee?
Out, out! into the open air!
Thy only dream is liberty,
Thou carest little how ...Read More

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