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Famous Hide And Seek Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Russell, George William

There was some one round us straying
 The whole of the long day through,
Who seemed to say, “I am playing
 At hide and seek with you.”

And one thing after another
 Was whispered out of the air,
How God was a big, kind brother
 Whose home is in everywhere.

His light like a smile comes glancing
 Through the cool, cool winds as they pass,
From the flowers in heaven dancing
 To the stars that shine in the grass.

From the clouds in deep blue wreathing
 ...Read More

by Russell, George William
...ALL the morn a spirit gay
Breathes within my heart a rhyme,
’Tis but hide and seek we play
In and out the courts of time.

Fairy lover, when my feet
Through the tangled woodland go,
’Tis thy sunny fingers fleet
Fleck the fire dews to and fro.

In the moonlight grows a smile
Mid its rays of dusty pearl—
’Tis but hide and seek the while,
As some frolic boy and girl.

When I fade into the deep
Some mysterious radi...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
Would leap abroad like Antelope --
With just the grant to do --

His weariest Commandment --
A sweeter to obey,
Than "Hide and Seek" --
Or skip to Flutes --
Or all Day, chase the Bee --

Your Servant, Sir, will weary --
The Surgeon, will not come --
The World, will have its own -- to do --
The Dust, will vex your Fame --

The Cold will force your tightest door
Some February Day,
But say my apron bring the sticks
To make your Cottage gay --

That I may take that promise
To P...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...Well, Bokardo, here we are; 
Make yourself at home. 
Look around—you haven’t far 
To look—and why be dumb? 
Not the place that used to be,
Not so many things to see; 
But there’s room for you and me. 
And you—you’ve come. 

Talk a little; or, if not, 
Show me with a sign
Why it was that you forgot 
What was yours and mine. 
Friends, I gathe...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
...Sling me under the sea.
Pack me down in the salt and wet.
No farmer's plow shall touch my bones.
No Hamlet hold my jaws and speak
How jokes are gone and empty is my mouth.
Long, green-eyed scavengers shall pick my eyes,
Purple fish play hide-and-seek,
And I shall be song of thunder, crash of sea,
Down on the floors of salt and wet.
 Sli...Read More

by Tebb, Barry a spirit

Guarding us.


We drew our hop-scotch

Squares in rainbow chalks

And in the binyards

Played at hide and seek:

When I found Margaret

I had the right to kiss her

How I miss her forty years on,

Too much in love for love,

And now our time is gone.


Margaret, the streets are weeping at midnight,

Over the suspension bridge the traffic flow is

Heavy as a haemorrhage, the Falmouths lie buried

Under sixteen feet of stone, Knostrop is gone...Read More

by Tebb, Barry
Of factories

Grimy glass

Flickering firelight

 In black-leaded grates.


Hunslet de Ledes

Hop-scotch, hide and seek,


Not one tree in Hunslet

Except in the cemetery

The lake filled in

For fifty years,

The bluebell has rung

Its last perfumed peal.


I couldn’t play out on Sunday

Mam and dad thought us a cut

Above the rest, it was another

Test I failed, keeping me and

Margaret apart was like the Aztecs

Tearing the heart...Read More

by Tebb, Barry


I am leaving the holy city of Leeds

For the last time for the first time

Leaded domes of minarets in Kirkgate

Market, the onion-dome of Ellerby Lane

School, the lands of my childhood empty

Or gone. Market stalls under wrought

Iron balconies strewn with roses and

Green imitation grass, a girl as beautiful

As the...Read More

by Dyke, Henry Van
Through the noonday silence, down the woods of June,
Hark, a little hunter's voice comes running with a tune.
"Hide and seek!
"When I speak,
"You must answer me:
"Call again,
"Merry men,
"Coo-ee, coo-ee, coo-ee!"

Now I hear his footsteps, rustling through the grass:
Hidden in my leafy nook, shall I let him pass?
Just a low, soft whistle,--quick the hunter turns,
Leaps upon me laughing, rolls me in the ferns.
"Hold him fast,
"Caught at last!
"Now you're it, you s...Read More

by Popa, Vasko
...Someone hides from someone else 
Hides under his tongue 
The other looks for him under the earth 

He hides on his forehead 
The other looks for him in the sky 

He hides inside his forgetfulness 
The other looks for him in the grass 

Looks for him looks 
There's no place he doesn't look 
And looking he loses himself...Read More

by Dyke, Henry Van
...Home, for my heart still calls me;
Home, through the danger zone;
Home, whatever befalls me,
I will sail again to my own! 

Wolves of the sea are hiding
Closely along the way,
Under the water biding
Their moment to rend and slay. 

Black is the eagle that brands them,
Black are their hearts as the night,
Black is the hate that sends them
To murder but ...Read More

by Betjeman, John
...Kind o’er the kinderbank leans my Myfanwy,
White o’er the playpen the sheen of her dress,
Fresh from the bathroom and soft in the nursery
Soap scented fingers I long to caress.

Were you a prefect and head of your dormit'ry?
Were you a hockey girl, tennis or gym?
Who was your favourite? Who had a crush on you?
Which were the baths where they taught you...Read More

by Lindsay, Vachel

Ah, she was wise and subtle, 
And gay and strong and sleek, 
We chained the wicked sword-fish, 
We played at hide and seek. 
We floated on the water, 
We heard the dawn-wind sing, 
I made from ocean-wonders, 
Her bridal wreath and ring. 
All mortal girls were shadows, 
All earth-life but a mist, 
When deep beneath the maelstrom, 
The mermaid's heart I kissed. 

I woke beside the church-door 
Of our small inland town, 
Bowing to a maiden 
In a pansy-velv...Read More

by Lowell, Amy stay your steady flight?
And then float away with me
Through the summer night?
Brushing over tops of trees,
Playing hide and seek with stars,
Peeping up through shiny clouds
At Jupiter or Mars.
I shall fill my lap with roses
Gathered in the milky way,
All to carry home to mother.
Oh! what will she say!
Little rocking, sailing moon,
Do you hear me shout -- Ahoy!
Just a little nearer, moon,
To please a little boy....Read More

by Field, Eugene
...When baby wakes of mornings,
Then it's wake, ye people all!
For another day
Of song and play
Has come at our darling's call!
And, till she gets her dinner,
She makes the welkin ring,
And she won't keep still till she's had her fill -
The cunnin' little thing!

When baby goes a-walking,
Oh, how her paddies fly!
For that's the way
The babies say
To other fol...Read More

by Jones, Chris
...above the calm,
and wait for hands, a touch – but Bob is destined
to collapse in thick grass, lie wide for the day
in a hide and seek open to everyone.
No-one for miles comes close to play.
His big face surprised the world is taking so long....Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
And lightly vault from the throne and play
 With the mermen in and out of the rocks;
We would run to and fro, and hide and seek,
 On the broad sea-wolds in the crimson shells,
Whose silvery spikes are nighest the sea.
But if any came near I would call and shriek,
And adown the steep like a wave I would leap
 From the diamond-ledges that jut from the dells;
For I would not be kiss'd by all who would list
Of the bold merry mermen under the sea.
They would sue me, ...Read More

by Schwartz, Delmore
...(After Rilke)

Spring has returned! Everything has returned!
The earth, just like a schoolgirl, memorizes
Poems, so many poems. ... Look, she has learned
So many famous poems, she has earned so many prizes!

Teacher was strict. We delighted in the white
Of the old man's beard, bright like the snow's:
Now we may ask which names are wron...Read More

by Field, Eugene
...Up in the attic where I slept
When I was a boy, a little boy,
In through the lattice the moonlight crept,
Bringing a tide of dreams that swept
Over the low, red trundle-bed,
Bathing the tangled curly head,
While moonbeams played at hide-and-seek
With the dimples on the sun-browned cheek -
When I was a boy, a little boy!

And, oh! the dreams - the dreams I ...Read More

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