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Famous Rally Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Brontë, Emily
...rom that tempestuous surge,
To thy own native land. 

It is not death, but pain
That struggles in thy breast -
Nay, rally, Edward, rouse again;
I cannot let thee rest!" 

One long look, that sore reproved me
For the woe I could not bear -
One mute look of suffering moved me
To repent my useless prayer: 

And, with sudden check, the heaving
Of distraction passed away;
Not a sign of further grieving
Stirred my soul that awful day. 

Paled, at length, the sweet sun setti...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...ere brave.
Youth was a challenge, and Life was a fight.
All that was best in us gladly we gave,
Sprang from the rally, and leapt for the height.
Smiling is Love in a foam of Spring flowers:
Harden our hearts to him -- on let us press!
Oh, what a triumph and pride shall be ours!
See where it beacons, the star of success!

Cares seem to crowd on us -- so much to do;
New fields to conquer, and time's on the wing.
Grey hairs are showing, a wrinkle or two;
Somehow ...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...any more whisky, rum, or wine. 

But go at once-- make no delay,
And join the Blue Ribbon Army without dismay,
And rally round Mr Murphy, and make a bold stand,
And help to drive the Bane of Society from our land. 

I wish Mr Murphy every success,
Hoping he will make rapid progress;
And to the Blue Ribbon Army may he always prove true,
And adhere to his colours-- the beautiful blue....Read More

by Wignesan, T
Strewn with seeds of peach beds over.
We are the writers of good taste.

A good many of the best minds rally
Holding high Man’s standard: toffee-nosed scoffer
And Lemerre* retains with success poetry’s destiny.
More than one poet then helter-skelter
Sought to join the rest through the narrow fissure;
But Vanier at the very end made haste
The only lucky one to assume the rôle of Fisher*.
We are the writers of good taste.


Even if ...Read More

by Parker, Dorothy
...The days will rally, wreathing
Their crazy tarantelle;
And you must go on breathing,
But I'll be safe in hell.

Like January weather,
The years will bite and smart,
And pull your bones together
To wrap your chattering heart.

The pretty stuff you're made of
Will crack and crease and dry.
The thing you are afraid of
Will look from every eye.

You will go fa...Read More

by Pushkin, Alexander
...w is set alight
By the moon whose form they cover;
Blurred the heavens, blurred the night.
Swarms of devils come to rally,
Hurtle in the boundless height;
Howling fills the whitening valley,
Plaintive screeching rends my heart...

Translated by Genia Gurarie July 29, 1995.
Copyright retained by Genia Gurarie.
For permission to reproduce, write personally to the translator.Read More

by Pope, Alexander
...the stage, and made the people stare?"
Cato's long wig, flow'r'd gown, and lacquer'd chair.

Yet lest you think I rally more than teach,
Or praise malignly arts I cannot reach,
Let me for once presume t'instruct the times,
To know the poet from the man of rhymes:
'Tis he, who gives my breast a thousand pains,
Can make me feel each passion that he feigns;
Enrage, compose, with more than magic art,
With pity and with terror tear my heart;
And snatch me o'er the earth or t...Read More

by Bronte, Charlotte
...ll's eternity. 

But, lo ! night, closing o'er the earth, 
Infects our thoughts with gloom; 
Come, let us strive to rally mirth, 
Where glows a clear and tranquil hearth 
In some more cheerful room....Read More

by Dyke, Henry Van saluting the morn
With the long clear note of the hunting-horn
Echoing up from the valley,
Over the mountain side,--
Rally, you hunters, rally,
Rally, and ride!

Drink of the magical potion music has mixed with her wine,
Full of the madness of motion, joyful, exultant, divine!
Leave all your troubles behind you,
Ride where they never can find you,
Into the gladness of morn,
With the long, clear note of the hunting-horn,
Swiftly o'er hillock and hollow,
Sweeping along with ...Read More

by Lehman, David
...r> What I really want to say
To you, my love, is a whisper on the rooftop lost in the wind
And you turn to me with your rally cap on backwards rooting
For a big inning, the bases loaded, our best slugger up
And no one out, but it doesn't work that way. Like the time
Kirk Gibson hit the homer off Dennis Eckersley to win the game:
It doesn't happen like that in fiction. In fiction, we are 
On a train, listening to a storyteller about to reach the climax
Of his tale as t...Read More

by Seeger, Alan
..., the gallant charge expires, 
When the slain bugler has long ceased to sound, 
And on the tangled wires 
The last wild rally staggers, crumbles, stops, 
Withered beneath the shrapnel's iron showers: -- 
Now heaven be thanked, we gave a few brave drops; 
Now heaven be thanked, a few brave drops were ours." 


There, holding still, in frozen steadfastness, 
Their bayonets toward the beckoning frontiers, 
They lie -- our comrades -- lie among their peers, 
Clad in the gl...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...omes Old Scratch, 
 But like a treatment civil, 
 So, spite of buffet, prayers, and calls— 
 Too late her friends to rally— 
 We, eighty strong, bore her along 
 Unto the Pirate Galley. 
 The fairer for her tears profuse, 
 As dews refresh the flower, 
 She is well worth three purses full, 
 And will adorn the bower— 
 For vain her vow to pine and die 
 Thus torn from her dear valley: 
 She reigns, and we still row along 
 The dreaded Pirate Galley. 


...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...piping till he busted up the Ball.
Of that Homeric scrap they speak, and how the fight went on,
With sally and with rally till the breaking of the dawn.
And how the Piper towered like a rock amid the fray,
And the battle surged about him, but he never ceased to play.
Aye, by the lonely camp-fires, still they tell the story o'er-
How the Sassenach was vanquished and - MacPherson held the floor....Read More

by Chesterton, G K

King Alfred gazed all sorrowful
At thistle and mosses grey,
Then laughed; and watched the finches flash,
Till a rally of Danes with shield and bill
Rolled drunk over the dome of the hill,
And, hearing of his harp and skill,
They dragged him to their play.

And as they went through the high green grass
They roared like the great green sea;
But when they came to the red camp fire
They were silent suddenly.

And as they went up the wastes away
They went reeling t...Read More

by Robinson, Mary Darby
...t the score of sin,
Which SATAN chalk'd upon his Tally;
To give fresh licence to begin,--
And for new scenes of frolic, rally.
For abstinence was not his way--
He lov'd to live --as well as pray ;
To prove his gratitude to Heav'n
By taking freely all its favors,--
And keeping his account still even,
Still mark'd his best endeavours:
That is to say, He took pure Ore
For benedictions,--and was known,
While Reason op'd her golden store,--
Not to unlock his own.--
And oft...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...ll have to follow the mare." 
"It never was yet in father's hide 
To best my Jim on the mountain side. 
Jim can rally, and Jim can ride." 
But here again Amelia cried. 

* * * * * 

The sound of whip comes faint and far, 
A rattle of hoofs, and here they are, 
In all their tameless pride. 
The fleet wild horses snort and fear, 
And wheel and break as the yard draws near. 
Now, Jim the Ringer, ride! 
Wheel 'em! wheel 'em! Whoa back there, whoa! 
And the...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...reshed and ground,
But bitter was the rowers' song
 As they brought the war-boat round.

They had no heart for the rally and roar
 That makes the whale-bath smoke --
When the great blades cleave and hold and leave
 As one on the racing stroke.

They sang:--What reckoning do you keep,
 And steer by what star,
If we come unscathed from the Southern deep
 To be wrecked on a Baltic bar?

"Last night you swore our voyage was done,
 But seaward still we go.
And you t...Read More

by Lindsay, Vachel
...r under starry skies
And get you a gang of the worn and the wise.
The soldiers of the Lord may be squeaky when they rally,
The soldiers of the Lord are a ***** little army,
But the soldiers of the Lord, before the year is through,
Will gather the whole nation, recruit all creation,
To smite the hosts abhorred, and all the heavens renew —
Enforcing with the bayonet the thing the ages teach —
Free speech!
Free speech!

Down with the Prussians, and all their works.
Down ...Read More

by Lorde, Audre
...any roots to the tree of anger 
that sometimes the branches shatter 
before they bear.
Sitting in Nedicks
the women rally before they march 
discussing the problematic girls 
they hire to make them free.
An almost white counterman passes
a waiting brother to serve them first
and the ladies neither notice nor reject 
the slighter pleasures of their slavery.
But I who am bound by my mirror
as well as my bed 
see causes in color 
as well as sex

and sit here wonderin...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz

And I hope that God will aid them in this enterprise,
And enable them to obtain the parliamentary Franchise;
And rally together, and make a bold stand,
And demand the parliamentary Franchise throughout Scotland. 

And do not rest day nor night-
Because your demands are only right
In the eyes of reasonable men, and God's eyesight;
And Heaven, I'm sure, will defend the right. 

Therefore go on brave women! and never fear,
Although your case may seem dark and drea...Read More

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