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Famous Senates Poems by Famous Poets

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by Brackenridge, Hugh Henry
...e improv'd 
Puts on a fairer dress; a fairer form 
Now ev'ry art assumes; bold eloquence 
Moves in a higher sphere than senates grave, 
Or mix'd assembly, or the hall of kings, 
Which erst with pompous panegyric rung. 
Vain words and soothing flattery she hates, 
And feigned tears, and tongue which silver-tipt 
Moves in the cause of wickedness and pride. 
She mourns not that fair liberty depress'd 
Which kings tyrannic can extort, but that 
Pure freedom of the soul to...Read More



by Gray, Thomas
...e mute inglorious Milton here may rest,
Some Cromwell, guiltless of his country's blood.

Th' applause of list'ning senates to command,
The threats of pain and ruin to despise,
To scatter plenty o'er a smiling land,
And read their history in a nation's eyes,

Their lot forbad: nor circumscribed alone
Their growing virtues, but their crimes confined;
Forbad to wade through slaughter to a throne,
And shut the Gates of Mercy on mankind,

The struggling pangs of conscious tru...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...uardsman at his gate. 
 He wears the crown, a monarch— 
 Of knaves and stony hearts; 
 But though they're blessed by Senates, 
 None can escape the darts! 
 
 Though shored by spear and crozier, 
 All know the arrant cheat, 
 And shun the square of pavement 
 Uncertain at his feet! 
 Yea, spare the wretch, each brooding 
 And secret-leaguers' chief, 
 And make no pistol-target 
 Of stars upon the thief. 
 
 The knell of God strikes seldom 
 But in the aptest h...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...cient wile,
And if they limped, O’Leary didn’t care: 
He turned them loose and had them everywhere, 
Undoing saints and senates with their guile. 

But this was not the end. A year ago 
I met him—and to meet was to admire:
Forgotten were the ladies and the lyre, 
And the small, ink-fed Eros of his dream. 
By questioning I found a man to know— 
A failure spared, a Shadrach of the Gleam....Read More

by Johnson, Samuel
...mock debate,
58 Or seen a new-made mayor's unwieldy state;
59 Where change of fav'rites made no change of laws,
60 And senates heard before they judg'd a cause;
61 How wouldst thou shake at Britain's modish tribe,
62 Dart the quick taunt, and edge the piercing gibe?
63 Attentive truth and nature to decry,
64 And pierce each scene with philosophic eye.
65 To thee were solemn toys or empty show,
66 The robes of pleasure and the veils of woe:
67 All aid the farce, and all t...Read More



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