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Famous Now Or Never Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Now Or Never poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous now or never poems. These examples illustrate what a famous now or never poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Browning, Robert
...the means first---God surely will contrive
Use for our earning.
Others mistrust and say, ``But time escapes:
``Live now or never!''
He said, ``What's time? Leave Now for dogs and apes!
``Man has Forever.''
Back to his book then: deeper drooped his head
_Calculus_ racked him:
Leaden before, his eyes grew dross of lead:
_Tussis_ attacked him.
``Now, master, take a little rest!''---not he!
(Caution redoubled,
Step two abreast, the way winds narrowly!)
Not a whit trou...Read more of this...

by Cohen, Leonard
Everybody knows 
Everybody knows, everybody knows 
That's how it goes 
Everybody knows 
And everybody knows that it's now or never 
Everybody knows that it's me or you 
And everybody knows that you live forever 
Ah when you've done a line or two 
Everybody knows the deal is rotten 
Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton 
For your ribbons and bows 
And everybody knows 
And everybody knows that the Plague is coming 
Everybody knows that it's moving fast 
Everybody knows that th...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton a shot from a gun. 
His chances seemed slight to embolden 
Our hearts; but, with teeth firmly set, 
We thought, "Now or never! The old un 
May reckon with some of 'em yet." 

Then loud rose the war-cry for Pardon; 
He swept like the wind down the dip, 
And over the rise by the garden 
The jockey was done with the whip. 
The field was at sixes and sevens -- 
The pace at the first had been fast -- 
And hope seemed to drop from the heavens, 
For Pardon was coming ...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
Of the folk in the distance, yelling! 

Then the last time round! And the hoofbeats rang! 
And I said, "Well, it's now or never!" 
And out on the heels of the throng I sprang, 
And the spurs bit deep and the whipcord sang 
As I rode. For the Mooki River! 

We raced for home in a cloud of dust 
And the curses rose in chorus. 
'Twas flog, and hustle, and jump you must! 
And The Cow ran well -- but to my disgust 
There was one got home before us. 

Twas a big bl...Read more of this...

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...lordes rewe up-on my sorwe.

'For, by that cause I say no tyme er now
Hir to delivere, I holden have my pees; 
But now or never, if that it lyke yow,
I may hir have right sone, doutelees.
O help and grace! Amonges al this prees,
Rewe on this olde caitif in destresse,
Sin I through yow have al this hevinesse! 

'Ye have now caught and fetered in prisoun
Troians y-nowe; and if your willes be,
My child with oon may have redempcioun.
Now for the love of god and of bo...Read more of this...

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