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Famous Freely Given Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Wilmot, John
To make you rail at reason, and mankind
Blessed glorious man! To whom alone kind heaven
An everlasting soul hath freely given;
Whom his great maker took such care to make,
That from himself he did the image take;
And this fair frame in shining reason dressed,
To dignify his nature above beast.
Reason, by whose aspiring influence
We take a flight beyond material sense,
Dive into mysteries, then soaring pierce
The flaming limits of the universe,
Search heaven and hel...Read More

by Schwartz, Delmore
 by the tears of the agony of his heart;
 hence it was gained, mastered, and conquered,
 (hence it was not a gift and freely given,
 a mercy often granted to masters,
 as if they miraculous were natural -)
For he earned his joy and ours by the domination of evil by 
 confrontation and the exorcism of language
 in all its powers of imitation and
 imagination and radiance and delight.......Read More

by Brontë, Emily is there left to do?" 

"'Tis true, this arm has hotly striven,
Has dared what few would dare;
Much have I done, and freely given,
But little learnt to bear!" 

"Look on the grave, where thou must sleep,
Thy last, and strongest foe;
It is endurance not to weep,
If that repose seem woe. 

"The long war closing in defeat,
Defeat serenely borne,
Thy midnight rest may still be sweet,
And break in glorious morn!"...Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...imparted ye receive,
And in the veil of modesty,
With silent merit take your leave.
If on the paths of thought, so freely given,
The searcher now with daring fortune stands,
And, by triumphant Paeans onward driven,
Would seize upon the crown with dauntless hands--
If he with grovelling hireling's pay
Thinks to dismiss his glorious guide--
Or, with the first slave's-place array
Art near the throne his dream supplied--
Forgive him!--O'er your head to-day
Hovers perfection'...Read More

by Thomas, Edward before or after,
Whatever happens, it must befall.
A mouthful of earth to remedy all
Regrets and wishes shall be freely given;
And if there be a flaw in that heaven
'Twill be freedom to wish, and your wish may be
To be here or anywhere talking to me,
No matter what the weather, on earth,
At any age between death and birth, - 
To see what day or night can be,
The sun and the frost, tha land and the sea,
Summer, Winter, Autumn, Spring, - 
With a poor man of any sort, dow...Read More

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