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Famous Do Or Die Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
 But they shall be free!

Lay the proud Usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
LIBERTY’S in every blow!—
 Let us Do or Die!...Read More

by Sherrick, Fannie Isabelle
...from her face she sweeps the heavy hair,
And looks up with a proud, unconquered air;
Ah! few have wills like hers to do or die,
To hide each wound, to still each longing cry.
"Lorraine, the secrets of my life are mine,
You have no right to solve its mystery;
Why seek to penetrate my heat's design?
How sensitive a human heart can be,
You do not seem to know nor even care;
You tell me that you love, yet love is rare
And generous, its truth you ne'er can know,
If thu...Read More

by Lehman, David
...The bloom was off the economic recovery.
"I just want to know one thing," she said.
What was that one thing? He'll never know,
Because at just that moment he heard the sound
Of broken glass in the bathroom, and when he got there,
It was dark. His hand went to the wall
But the switch wasn't where it was supposed to be
Which felt like déjà vu.Read More

by Campbell, Thomas
Of her who loved thee most:
She was the rainbow to thy sight!
Thy sun--thy heaven--of lost delight!

To-morrow let us do or die!
But when the bolt of death is hurl'd,
Ah! whither then with thee to fly,
Shall Outalissi roam the world?
Seek we thy once-loved home?
The hand is gone that cropt its flowers;
Unheard their clock repeats its hours!
Cold is the hearth within their bowers!
And should we thither roam,
Its echoes, and its empty tread,
Would sound like voices from the d...Read More

by Burns, Robert
But they shall be free!

Lay the proud usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in ev'ry foe!
Liberty's in ev'ry blow!
Let us do or die!...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...e Boers clear. 

And at the charge of the bayonet they made them fly,
While their leaders cried, "Forward, my lads, do or die",
And the Boers' blood copiously they did spill,
And the Boers were forced to fly from Smith's Hill. 

And in conclusion I hope and pray
The British will be successful when from home far away;
And long may the Gordons be able to conquer the foe,
At home or abroad, wherever they go....Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...nd his gallant band,
Looking terror to the foe: Oh! The sight was really grand,
As he cried, "Give it them, lads; let's do or die;
And from Mafeking we'll soon make them fly,
And we'll make them rue their rash undertaking
The day they laid siege to the town of Mafeking." 

Long life and prosperity to Colonel Baden-Powell,
For there's very few generals can him excel;
And he is now the Hero of Mafeking, be it told,
And his name should be engraved on medals of gold. 

I ...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...elded not; 
And the foremost, if fearful, may vainly try 
Through the massy column to turn and fly; 
They perforce must do or die. 
They die: but ere their eyes could close, 
Avengers o'er their bodies rose; 
Fresh and furious, fast they fill 
The ranks unthinn'd, though slaughter'd still: 
And faint the weary Christians wax 
Before the still renew'd attacks: 
And now the Othmans gain the gate; 
Still resists its iron weight, 
And still, all deadly aim'd and hot, 
From ev...Read More

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