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Famous Powers That Be Poems by Famous Poets

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by Trumbull, John
...t once the damning sentence,
Without one loophole for repentance;
Ev'n though he gain the Royal See,
And rank among the Powers that be.
For hell is theirs, the scripture shows,
Whoe'er the Powers that be oppose;
And all those Powers (I'm clear that 'tis so)
Are damn'd for ever, ex officio.

"Thus far our Clergy: but 'tis true
We lack'd not earthly reas'ners too.
Had I the Poet's brazen lungs,
As soundboard to his hundred tongues,
I could not half the scribblers m...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...n't understand why you gave him your hand,
 Lovely Mehitabel Lee.

 Potiphar Gubbins, C.E.,
 Is dear to the Powers that Be;
For They bow and They smile in an affable style,
 Which is seldom accorded to Me.

 Potiphar Gubbins, C.E.,
 Is certain as certain can be
Of a highly paid post which is claimed by a host
 Of seniors -- including Me.

 Careless and lazy is he,
 Greatly inferior to Me.
That is the spell that you manage so well,
 Commonplace ...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...and shovels
 Who in darkness sweat unseen,
Climb from out your lousy hovels,
 Build a palace for the Queen;
Praise the powers that be for giving
 You a chance to make a living.

Yet it would be better far
 Could you build with cosy lure
Skyey tenements where are
 Rabbit-warrens of the poor;
With a hope bright as a gem
 Some day you might live in them.

Could the Queen just say: 'A score
 Of rich palaces have I.
Do not make me any more,--
 Raise a hostel heaven-hi...Read More

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