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Famous Blaspheming Poems by Famous Poets

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by Lowell, Amy
...side they were white-washed thick,
To keep out every spark of the sun.
When he went to market he walked all the way
Blaspheming at the path he trod.
He cursed at those he bought of, and swore at those he sold to,
By all the names he knew of God.
For his heart was soured in his weary old hide,
And his hopes had curdled in his breast.
His friend had been untrue, and his love had thrown him over
For the chinking money-bags she liked best.
The rats had devoure...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
...eir parents, and their God, the place, the time, 
 Of their conceptions and their births, accursed 
 Alike they called, blaspheming Heaven. But yet 
 Slow steps toward the waiting bark they set, 
 With terrible wailing while they moved. And so 
 They came reluctant to the shore of woe 
 That waits for all who fear not God, and not 
 Them only. 
 Then the demon Charon rose 
 To herd them in, with eyes that furnace-hot 
 Glowed at the task, and lifted oar to smite 
...Read More

by Henley, William Ernest
...of the universal shore:
His voices sounding through the gruesome air
As from the Ferry where the Boat of Doom
With her blaspheming cargo reels and rides:
The while his children, the brave ships,
No more adventurous and fair,
Nor tripping it light of heel as home-bound brides,
But infamously enchanted,
Huddle together in the foul eclipse,
Or feel their course by inches desperately,
As through a tangle of alleys murder-haunted,
From sinister reach to reach out -- out -- to sea...Read More

by Wheatley, Phillis
...ous fires;
"No reason her imperious temper quells,
"But all her father in her tongue rebels;
"Wrap her own sons for her blaspheming breath,
"Apollo! wrap them in the shades of death."
Latona ceas'd, and ardent thus replies
The God, whose glory decks th' expanded skies.

"Cease thy complaints, mine be the task assign'd
"To punish pride, and scourge the rebel mind."
This Phoebe join'd.--They wing their instant flight;
Thebes trembled as th' immortal pow'rs aligh...Read More

by Watts, Isaac
...mple of Christ.

God of my mercy and my praise,
Thy glory is my song,
Though sinners speak against thy grace
With a blaspheming tongue.

When in the form of mortal man
Thy Son on earth was found,
With cruel slanders, false and vain,
They compassed him around.

Their miseries his compassion move,
Their peace he still pursued;
They render hatred for his love,
And evil for his good.

Their malice raged without a cause,
Yet, with his dying breath,
He prayed for mu...Read More

by Watts, Isaac that with deceit abound
Shall not maintain their triumph long;
The God of vengeance will confound
The flattering and blaspheming tongue.

"Yet shall our words be free," they cry;
"Our tongues shall be controlled by none:
Where is the Lord will ask us why?
Or say our lips are not our own?"

The Lord, who sees the poor oppressed,
And hears th' oppressor's haughty strain,
Will rise to give his children rest,
Nor shall they trust his word in vain.

Thy word, O Lord, th...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...mob, his limbs with leather triced,
By all that's wonderful, I swear, his face was that of Christ.

Now I ain't no blaspheming cuss, so don't you start to shout.
You see, his beard had grown so long it framed his face about.
His rippling hair was long and fair, his cheeks were spirit-pale,
His face was bright with holy light that made us wince and quail.
He looked at us with eyes a-shine, and sore were we confused,
As if he were the Judge divine, and we were ...Read More

by Blake, William
...nds its wing. 
But this, O Lord, this was my sin, 
When first I let these devils in, 
In dark pretence to chastity 
Blaspheming Love, blaspheming Thee, 
Thence rose secret adulteries, 
And thence did covet also rise. 
My sin Thou hast forgiven me; 
Canst Thou forgive my blasphemy? 
Canst Thou return to this dark hell, 
And in my burning bosom dwell? 
And canst Thou die that I may live? 
And canst Thou pity and forgive?’ 
Then roll’d the shadowy Man away 
From the limb...Read More

by Hugo, Victor pall of death; 
 Lo! where thy mighty hand hath passed, all things must bend! 
 Priests prayed, the sword estopped blaspheming breath, 
 Vainly their cheating book for shield did they extend. 
 Some infants yet survived, and the unsated steel 
 Still drinks the life-blood of each whelp of Christian-kind, 
 To kiss thy sandall'd foot, O King, thy people kneel, 
 And golden circlets to thy victor-ankle bind. 


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by Graves, Robert
...ves and shoes and stockings also,
That warm upon your way you may go.” 

The man took stocking and shoe and glove, 
Blaspheming Christ our Saviour’s love, 
Yet seemed to find but little relief, 
Shaking and shivering like a leaf.

Said the saint again, “I have no great riches, 
Yet take this tunic, take these breeches, 
My shirt and my vest, take everything, 
And give due thanks to Jesus the King.” 

The saint stood naked upon the snow
Long miles from where he was...Read More

by Lindsay, Vachel
...n where rain has never come 
They fight in burning graves, 
Bleeding and drinking blood 
Within those venom-caves. 
Blaspheming still the gardener's name, 
They live and hate and go. 
I wonder if the gardener heard 
The rose that told him so?...Read More

by Service, Robert William
..., men with their burdens, clinging in icy space;
Dogged, determined and dauntless, cruel and callous and cold,
Cursing, blaspheming, reviling, and ever that battle-cry--"Gold!"

Thus toiled we, the army of fortune, in hunger and hope and despair,
Till glacier, mountain and forest vanished, and, radiantly fair,
There at our feet lay Lake Bennett, and down to its welcome we ran:
The trail of the land was over, the trail of the water began.


We built our boats and we l...Read More

by Davidson, John
...and sod:
So p'r'haps we are in Hell for all that I can tell,
And lost and damn'd and served up hot to God.

I ain't blaspheming, Mr. Silver-tongue;
I'm saying things a bit beyond your art:
Of all the rummy starts you ever sprung,
Thirty bob a week's the rummiest start!
With your science and your books and your the'ries about spooks,
Did you ever hear of looking in your heart?

I didn't mean your pocket, Mr., no:
I mean that having children and a wife,
With thirty ...Read More

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