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Famous Bishopric Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Bradstreet, Anne
...3 All England's metropolitan that hour.
174 This done, an Act they would have passed fain
175 No prelate should his Bishopric retain.
176 Here tugg'd they hard indeed, for all men saw
177 This must be done by Gospel, not by law.
178 Next the Militia they urged sore.
179 This was denied, I need not say wherefore.
180 The King, displeased, at York himself absents.
181 They humbly beg return, shew their intents.
182 The writing, printing, posting to a...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...etch of tether twenty years to come. 
We both have minds and bodies much alike: 
In truth's name, don't you want my bishopric, 
My daily bread, my influence and my state? 
You're young. I'm old; you must be old one day; 
Will you find then, as I do hour by hour, 
Women their lovers kneel to, who cut curls 
From your fat lap-dog's ear to grace a brooch-- 
Dukes, who petition just to kiss your ring-- 
With much beside you know or may conceive? 
Suppose we die to-night: ...Read More

by Spenser, Edmund
...or mock.
So may'st thou chance mock out a benefice,
Unless thou canst one conjure by device,
Or cast a figure for a bishopric;
And if one could, it were but a school trick.
These be the ways by which without reward
Livings in court be gotten, though full hard;
For nothing there is done without a fee:
The courtier needs must recompensed be
With a benevolence, or have in gage
The primitias of your parsonage:
Scarce can a bishopric forpass them by,
But that it must be ge...Read More

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