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Famous Come Again Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
While the sands o' life shall run:

And fare thee well, my only luve!
And fare thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my luve,
Tho' it ware ten thousand mile....Read More

by Frost, Robert
...that there
He sat and waited till he drew us out
A-buttoning coats to ask him who he was.
He proved to be the city come again
To look for something it had left behind
And could not do without and keep its Christmas.
He asked if I would sell my Christmas trees;
My woods—the young fir balsams like a place
Where houses all are churches and have spires.
I hadn’t thought of them as Christmas Trees.
I doubt if I was tempted for a moment
To sell them off their feet ...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord

But when the last of those last moments came,
`Annie my girl, cheer up, be comforted,
Look to the babes, and till I come again,
Keep everything shipshape, for I must go.
And fear no more for me; or if you fear
Cast all your cares on God; that anchor holds.
Is He not yonder in those uttermost
Parts of the morning? if I flee to these
Can I go from Him? and the sea is His,
The sea is His: He made it.' 

Enoch rose,
Cast his strong arms about his drooping wife,
An...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...Death, or I know not what mysterious doom. 
And thou remaining here wilt learn the event; 
But hither shall I never come again, 
Never lie by thy side; see thee no more-- 

And while she grovelled at his feet, 
She felt the King's breath wander o'er her neck, 
And in the darkness o'er her fallen head, 
Perceived the waving of his hands that blest. 

Then, listening till those armd steps were gone, 
Rose the pale Queen, and in her anguish found 
The casemen...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...s as if a chirping brook
Upon a dusty way --
Set bleeding feet to minuets
Without the knowing why!
Tomorrow, night will come again --
Perhaps, weary and sore --
Ah Bugle! By my window
I pray you pass once more....Read More

by Marvell, Andrew
...r could conceal his fortune sweet. 
Justly the rogue was shipped in porter's den, 
And Jermyn straight has leave to come again. 
Ah, Painter, now could Alexander live, 
And this Campaspe thee, Apelles, give! 

Draw next a pair of tables opening, then 
The House of Commons clattering like the men. 
Describe the Court and Country, both set right 
On opp'site points, the black against the white. 
Those having lost the nation at tric-trac, 
These now adventuring h...Read More

by Collins, Billy
...on of farriers for our slang.
These days language seems transparent a badly broken code.

The 1790's will never come again. Childhood was big.
People would take walks to the very tops of hills
and write down what they saw in their journals without speaking.
Our collars were high and our hats were extremely soft.
We would surprise each other with alphabets made of twigs.
It was a wonderful time to be alive, or even dead.

I am very fond of the p...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
...wind, bring rain
 And I know what the rainbow writes across the east or west in a half-circle:
 A love-letter pledge to come again.. . .
 Towns on the Soo Line,
 Towns on the Big Muddy,
 Laugh at each other for cubs
 And tease as children.

Omaha and Kansas City, Minneapolis and St. Paul, sisters in a house together, throwing slang, growing up.
Towns in the Ozarks, Dakota wheat towns, Wichita, Peoria, Buffalo, sisters throwing slang, growing up.Read More

by von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang anger hears she vows of love,

Soft caressing words of mutual bliss.

"Hush! the cock's loud strain!

But thoult come again,

When the night returns!"--then kiss on kiss.

Then her wrath the mother cannot hold,

But unfastens straight the lock with ease
"In this house are girls become so bold,

As to seek e'en strangers' lusts to please?"

By her lamp's clear glow

Looks she in,--and oh!

Sight of horror!--'tis her child she sees.

Fain the youth would, in his ...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...nd as she paused
The little door in it came open, flicking
A wooden cuckoo out: "Cuckoo!" It caused
The forest dream to come again. "Cuckoo!"
Smashed on the grate, the violin broke in two.
"Cuckoo! Cuckoo!" the clock kept striking 
But no one listened. Frau Altgelt had gone....Read More

by Gibran, Kahlil
...ll the words I have spoken. 

But should my voice fade in your ears, and my love vanish in your memory, then I will come again, 

And with a richer heart and lips more yielding to the spirit will I speak. 

Yea, I shall return with the tide, 

And though death may hide me, and the greater silence enfold me, yet again will I seek your understanding. 

And not in vain will I seek. 

If aught I have said is truth, that truth shall reveal itself in a clearer voice...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...hall have a supper *at your aller cost* *at the cost of you all*
Here in this place, sitting by this post,
When that ye come again from Canterbury.
And for to make you the more merry,
I will myselfe gladly with you ride,
Right at mine owen cost, and be your guide.
And whoso will my judgement withsay,
Shall pay for all we spenden by the way.
And if ye vouchesafe that it be so,
Tell me anon withoute wordes mo'*, *more
And I will early shape me therefore."

This ...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
His Table Round, and all men's hearts became 
Clean for a season, surely he had thought 
That now the Holy Grail would come again; 
But sin broke out. Ah, Christ, that it would come, 
And heal the world of all their wickedness! 
"O Father!" asked the maiden, "might it come 
To me by prayer and fasting?" "Nay," said he, 
"I know not, for thy heart is pure as snow." 
And so she prayed and fasted, till the sun 
Shone, and the wind blew, through her, and I thought 
She m...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
     To match me with this man of pride:
     Twice have I sought Clan-Alpine's glen
     In peace; but when I come again,
     I come with banner, brand, and bow,
     As leader seeks his mortal foe.
     For love-lore swain in lady's bower
     Ne'er panted for the appointed hour
     As I, until before me stand
     This rebel Chieftain and his band!'

     'Have then thy wish!'—He whistled shrill
     And he was answered from the hill;
     Wi...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
For loss of chattels may recover'd be,
But loss of time shendeth* us, quoth he. *destroys

It will not come again, withoute dread,*
No more than will Malkin's maidenhead,
When she hath lost it in her wantonness.
Let us not moulde thus in idleness.
"Sir Man of Law," quoth he, "so have ye bliss,
Tell us a tale anon, as forword* is. *the bargain
Ye be submitted through your free assent
To stand in this case at my judgement.
Acquit you now, and...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...much in life, not long 
Before, to profit by a new occasion; 
The monarch, mute till then, exclaim'd, 'What! What! 
Pye come again? No more — no more of that!' 


The tumult grew; an universal cough 
Convulsed the skies, as during a debate 
When Castlereagh has been up long enough 
(Before he was first minister of state, 
I mean — the slaves hear now); some cried 'off, off!' 
As at a farce; till, grown quite desperate, 
The bard Saint Peter pray'd to interpose 
(Himsel...Read More

by Masefield, John
...s my thought had told, I saw her plain; 
Tense, like a supple athlete with lean hips, 
Swiftness at pause, the Wanderer come again-- 

Come as of old a queen, untouched by Time, 
Resting the beauty that no seas could tire, 
Sparkling, as though the midnight's rain were rime, 
Like a man's thought transfigured into fire, 

And as I looked, one of her men began 
To sing some simple tune of Christmas day; 
Among her crew the song spread, man to man, 
Until the singing rang acros...Read More

by Miller, Alice Duer from a shell. 

We went down to Devon, 
 In a warm summer rain, 
Knowing that our happiness 
 Might never come again; 
I, not forgetting, 
 'Till death us do part,' 
Was outrageously happy 
 With death in my heart. 
Lovers in peacetime 
 With fifty years to live, 
Have time to tease and quarrel 
 And question what to give; 
But lovers in wartime 
 Better understand 
The fullness of living, 
 With death close at hand. 

My father wrote me a letter— ...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...siked;* *sighed
But what? he might not do all as him liked.
And at the last he chose him for to wend,* *depart
And come again, right at the yeare's end,
With such answer as God would him purvey:* *provide
And took his leave, and wended forth his way.

He sought in ev'ry house and ev'ry place,
Where as he hoped for to finde grace,
To learne what thing women love the most:
But he could not arrive in any coast,
Where as he mighte find in this mattere
Two creatures *acco...Read More

by Padel, Ruth
.... Nothing's as real as what you write.
His funeral, if he's not up to it. What we feel
Is mortal, and won't come again.
So cut, weeks later, to an outside shot: the same girl
Taking cover ("Dear God, he's here, he's come!")
Under fat red gooseberries, glimmering hairy stars:
The old, rude bushes she has hide-and-seeked in all 
Her life, where mother commands the serfs to sing
While picking, so they can't hurl
The odd gog into their mouths. No one could s...Read More

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