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Famous Betty Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...ught for,
 Baith kirk and queir;
Yet, by my faith, ye’re no unwrought for,
 That I shall swear!

Wee image o’ my bonie Betty,
As fatherly I kiss and daut thee,
As dear, and near my heart I set thee
 Wi’ as gude will
As a’ the priests had seen me get thee
 That’s out o’ h—ll.

Sweet fruit o’ mony a merry dint,
My funny toil is now a’ tint,
Sin’ thou came to the warl’ asklent,
 Which fools may scoff at;
In my last plack thy part’s be in’t
 The better ha’f o’t.

Tho’ ...Read more of this...

by Burns, Robert
...’on or Paris, they’d gotten it a’.

Miss Miller is fine, Miss Markland’s divine,
 Miss Smith she has wit, and Miss Betty is braw:
There’s beauty and fortune to get wi’ Miss Morton,
 But Armour’s the jewel for me o’ them a’....Read more of this...

by Swift, Jonathan
...Now hardly here and there a hackney-coach
Appearing, show'd the ruddy morn's approach.
Now Betty from her master's bed had flown,
And softly stole to discompose her own.
The slip-shod 'prentice from his master's door
Had par'd the dirt, and sprinkled round the floor.
Now Moll had whirl'd her mop with dext'rous airs,
Prepar'd to scrub the entry and the stairs.
The youth with broomy stumps began to trace
The kennel-edge, where wheels had...Read more of this...

by Wilmot, John
...rms enough to have subdued
Some fop or other, fond to be thought lewd.
Foster could make an Irish lord a Nokes,
And Betty Morris had her City cokes.
A woman's ne'er so ruined but she can
Be still revenged on her undoer, man;
How lost so'er, she'll find some lover, more
A lewd, abandoned fool than she a whore.
--"That wretched thing Corinna, who had run
Through all the several ways of being undone,
Cozened at first by love, and living then
By turning the too dear-b...Read more of this...

by Wilmot, John
...arne thy doome, 
From the shrew'd Judges in the Drawing-Roome. 
I've noe Ambition on that idle score, 
But say with Betty Morice, heretofore 
When a Court-Lady, call'd her Buckleys Whore, 
I please one Man of Witt, am proud on't too, 
Let all the Coxcombs, dance to bed to you. 
Shou'd I be troubled when the Purblind Knight 
Who squints more in his Judgment, than his sight, 
Picks silly faults, and Censures what I write? 
Or when the poor-fed Poets of the Towne 
For Sc...Read more of this...

by Goose, Mother
...     Little Betty Blue    Lost her holiday shoe;What shall little Betty do?    Give her another    To match the otherAnd then she'll walk upon two....Read more of this...

by Tebb, Barry
...ix children grew

In Rough Lea by the

Poplar’s side and when I

Shared their meal; it was

A feast of love and Auntie

Betty smiled as I sat

Beside her on the bench

“There’s always room for

One more inside” and I went along

For the ride.


Ride-a-cock horse to

Roundhay Park where

The tram terminus still

Stands, a bay with poles

Of steel too tall and

Strong to shift, between

The cobbles, tram lines

Lay buried, the upper

Deck is filled with the

Smoke...Read more of this...

by Berryman, John
...A shallow lake, with many waterbirds,
especially egrets: I was showing Mother around,
An extraordinary vivid dream
of Betty & Douglass, and Don—his mother's estate
was on the grounds of a lunatic asylum.
He showed me around.

A policeman trundled a siren up the walk.
It was 6:05 p.m., Don was late home.
I askt if he ever saw
the inmates—'No, they never leave their cells.'
Betty was downstairs, Don called down 'A drink'
while showering.

I...Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William
...Full well I trow that when I die
 Down drops the curtain;
Another show is all my eye
 And Betty Martin.
I know the score, and with a smile
 Of rueful rating,
I reckon I am not worth while

I hope that God,--if God there be
 Of love and glory,
Will let me off Eternity,
 And end my story.
Will count me just a worn-out bit
 Of human matter,
Who's done his job or bungled it,
 --More like the latter.

I did not beg for m...Read more of this...

by Taylor, Jane
...-- that's right,
And now tell mamma what's the matter to-night. 

What! Emmy is sleepy, and tired with play? 
Come, Betty, make haste then, and fetch her away; 
But do not be fretful, my darling; you know
Mamma cannot love little girls that are so. 

She shall soon go to bed and forget it all there­
Ah! here's her sweet smile come again, I declare:
That's right, for I thought you quite naughty before. 
Good night, my dear child, but don't fret any more....Read more of this...

by Wilmot, John
...was Signior *****.

The good Lady Suffolk, thinking no harm,
Had got this poor stranger hid under her arm.
Lady Betty by chance came the secret to know
And from her own mother stole Signior *****.

The Countess of Falmouth, of whom people tell
Her footmen wear shirts of a guinea an ell,
Might save that expense, if she did but know
How lusty a swinger is Signior *****.

By the help of this gallant the Countess of Rafe
Against the fierce Harris preserved herself...Read more of this...

by Taylor, Jane
..."I do not like to go to bed," 
Sleepy little Harry said; 
"Go, naughty Betty, go away, 
I will not come at all, I say! "

Oh, silly child! what is he saying? 
As if he could be always playing! 
Then, Betty, you must come and carry
This very foolish little Harry. 

The little birds are better taught,
They go to roosting when they ought: 
And all the ducks, and fowls, you know, 
They went to bed an hour ago. 

The little ...Read more of this...

by Hicok, Bob
...The telephone company calls and asks what the fuss is. 
Betty from the telephone company, who's not concerned 
with the particulars of my life. For instance 
if I believe in the transubstantiation of Christ 
or am gladdened at 7:02 in the morning to repeat 
an eighth time why a man wearing a hula skirt of tools 
slung low on his hips must a fifth time track mud 
across my white kitchen tile to look down at a ...Read more of this...

by Wordsworth, William
...halloo! a long halloo!   —Why bustle thus about your door,  What means this bustle, Betty Foy?  Why are you in this mighty fret?  And why on horseback have you set  Him whom you love, your idiot boy?   Beneath the moon that shines so bright,  Till she is tired, let Betty Foy  With girt and stirrup fiddle-faddle;  But wherefore set upon a...Read more of this...

by Swift, Jonathan
...goddess from her chamber issues,
Arrayed in lace, brocades, and tissues.
Strephon, who found the room was void
And Betty otherwise employed,
Stole in and took a strict survey
Of all the litter as it lay;
Whereof, to make the matter clear,
An inventory follows here.
And first a dirty smock appeared,
Beneath the arm-pits well besmeared.
Strephon, the rogue, displayed it wide
And turned it round on every side.
On such a point few words are best,
And Strephon bid...Read more of this...

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