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Famous Sinless Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Boland, Eavan a warm drum,
once by the song of his breath
and in his sleeping side.

Only a little more, 
only a few more days
sinless, foodless,

I will slip
back into him again
as if I had never been away.

Caged so
I will grow
angular and holy

past pain,
keeping his heart
such company

as will make me forget
in a small space
the fall

into forked dark,
into python needs
heaving to hips and breasts
and lips and heat
and sweat and fat and greed....Read More

by Bronte, Charlotte
...ghtless saint of stone; 
She cannot, from this burning breast,
Wring one repentant moan. 

Thou say'st, that when a sinless child, 
I duly bent the knee,
And prayed to what in marble smiled 
Cold, lifeless, mute, on me.
I did. But listen ! Children spring 
Full soon to riper youth;
And, for Love's vow and Wedlock's ring, 
I sold my early truth. 

'Twas not a grey, bare head, like thine, 
Bent o'er me, when I said,
' That land and God and Faith are mine, 
For w...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
And vaulted on his horse, and so they crashed 
In onset, and King Pellam's holy spear, 
Reputed to be red with sinless blood, 
Redded at once with sinful, for the point 
Across the maiden shield of Balan pricked 
The hauberk to the flesh; and Balin's horse 
Was wearied to the death, and, when they clashed, 
Rolling back upon Balin, crushed the man 
Inward, and either fell, and swooned away. 

Then to her Squire muttered the damsel 'Fools! 
This fellow hath wrough...Read More

by Ingelow, Jean
...By that one likeness which is ours and Thine,
  By that one nature which doth hold us kin,
By that high heaven where, sinless, Thou dost shine
      To draw us sinners in,
By Thy last silence in the judgment-hall,
  By long foreknowledge of the deadly tree,
By darkness, by the wormwood and the gall,
      I pray Thee visit me.
Come, lest this heart should, cold and cast away,
  Die ere the guest adored she entertain—
Lest eyes which never saw Thine earthly day
    ...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante had he framed in words more clear 
 The meaning that his care withheld. 

 I said, 
 "Do others of the hopeless, sinless, dead, 
 Who with thee in the outmost circle dwell, 
 Come ever downward to the narrowing hell 
 That now we traverse?" 
 "Once Erichtho
 He answered, "conjured to such end that I, 
 - Who then short time had passed to those who die, - 
 Came here, controlled by her discerning spell, 
 And entered through these hostile gates, and drew 
 A sp...Read More

by Wheatley, Phillis
...For man the wrath of an immortal God:
"To execute th' Eternal's dread command
"My soul I sacrific'd with willing hand;
"Sinless I stood before the avenging frown,
"Atoning thus for vices not my own."

His eye the ample field of battle round
Survey'd, but no created succours found;
His own omnipotence sustain'd the right,
His vengeance sunk the haughty foes in night;
Beneath his feet the prostrate troops were spread,
And round him lay the dying, and the dead.

Great Go...Read More

by Sherrick, Fannie Isabelle
...l ever go
Where woman leads. And on this earth below
The grandest masterpiece of Nature's art
Must ever be a woman's sinless heart.
For thee, Arline, the passion of my life is dead;
The feverish dream is o'er, and in its stead,
There comes a reverence for all thy kind,
And thou, the noblest ideal of my mind.
And now I could not offer thee my love,
For like some pure and upward-soaring dove,
I see thee fly beyond my own weak soul,
To reach a nobler and far higher go...Read More

by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
...s nor thrones disrooted
Nor molten crowns nor thine own sins dismay.

Sinned hast thou sometime, therefore art thou sinless;
Stained hast thou been, who art therefore without stain;
Even as man's soul is kin to thee, but kinless
Thou, in whose womb Time sows the all-various grain.

I do not bid thee spare me, O dreadful mother!
I pray thee that thou spare not, of thy grace.
How were it with me then, if ever another
Should come to stand before thee in this my place...Read More

by Bronte, Anne
...d peace on Earth,
To us a Saviour-king is given;
Our God is come to claim His own,
And Satan's power is overthrown! 

A sinless God, for sinful men,
Descends to suffer and to bleed;
Hell must renounce its empire then;
The price is paid, the world is freed,
And Satan's self must now confess,
That Christ has earned a Right to bless: 

Now holy Peace may smile from heaven,
And heavenly Truth from earth shall spring:
The captive's galling bonds are riven,
For our Redeemer is our ...Read More

by Holmes, Oliver Wendell
...he is lying
Washed by the crimsoned water as he bleeds.

O Thou who carest for the falling sparrow,
Canst Thou the sinless sufferer's pang forget?
Or is thy dread account-book's page so narrow
Its one long column scores thy creatures' debt?

Poor gentle guest, by nature kindly cherished,
A world grows dark with thee in blinding death;
One little gasp-- thy universe has perished,
Wrecked by the idle thief who stole thy breath!

Is this the whole sad story of creation,
Liv...Read More

by Milton, John
...sible to mix 
With blessedness. Whence Adam soon repealed 
The doubts that in his heart arose: and now 
Led on, yet sinless, with desire to know 
What nearer might concern him, how this world 
Of Heaven and Earth conspicuous first began; 
When, and whereof created; for what cause; 
What within Eden, or without, was done 
Before his memory; as one whose drouth 
Yet scarce allayed still eyes the current stream, 
Whose liquid murmur heard new thirst excites, 
Proceeded thus ...Read More

by Milton, John
Of all these garden-trees ye shall not eat, 
Yet Lords declared of all in earth or air$? 
To whom thus Eve, yet sinless. Of the fruit 
Of each tree in the garden we may eat; 
But of the fruit of this fair tree amidst 
The garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat 
Thereof, nor shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 
She scarce had said, though brief, when now more bold 
The Tempter, but with show of zeal and love 
To Man, and indignation at his wrong, 
New part puts on...Read More

by Milton, John
...sted fruit 
The sun, as from Thyestean banquet, turned 
His course intended; else, how had the world 
Inhabited, though sinless, more than now, 
Avoided pinching cold and scorching heat? 
These changes in the Heavens, though slow, produced 
Like change on sea and land; sideral blast, 
Vapour, and mist, and exhalation hot, 
Corrupt and pestilent: Now from the north 
Of Norumbega, and the Samoed shore, 
Bursting their brazen dungeon, armed with ice, 
And snow, and hail, and sto...Read More

by Milton, John
...some howled, some yelled, some shrieked,
Some bent at thee their fiery darts, while thou
Sat'st unappalled in calm and sinless peace.
Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey,
Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
And griesly spectres, which the Fiend had raised 
To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
And now the sun with more effectual beams
Had cheered...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
 If they are hungry, Paradise 
 Weeps, and if cold, Heaven thrills with pain. 
 The want that saps their sinless flower 
 Speaks judgment on Sin's ministers. 
 Man holds an angel in his power. 
 Ah! deep in Heaven what thunder stirs. 
 When God seeks out these tender things, 
 Whom in the shadow where we keep, 
 He sends them clothed about with wings, 
 And finds them ragged babes that weep! 
 Dublin University Magazine. 


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by Swinburne, Algernon Charles of love that lights the pyre of death. 

Howbeit I shall not die an evil death 
Who have loved in such a sad and sinless way, 
That this my love, lord, was no shame to thee. 
So when mine eyes are shut against the sun, 
O my soul's sun, O the world's sunflower, 
Thou nor no man will quite despise me dead. 
And dying I pray with all my low last breath 
That thy whole life may be as was that day, 
That feast-day that made trothplight death and me, 
Giving the wor...Read More

by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
West worlds of seas;
And my sons as brides took unto them the tameless
Till my sins and sons through sinless lands dispersed,
With red flame shod,
Made accurst the name of man, and thrice accursed
The name of God.
Lest for those past fires the fires of my repentance
Hell's fume yet smother,
Now my blood would buy remission of my sentence;
(Cho.) Hear us, O mother.


I am she that was thy sign and standard-bearer,
Thy voice and cry;
She th...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
If they are hungry Paradise 
Weeps, and, if cold, Heaven thrills with pain. 

The want that saps their sinless flower 
Speaks judgment on sin's ministers. 
Man holds an angel in his power. 
Ah! deep in Heaven what thunder stirs, 

When God seeks out these tender things 
Whom in the shadow where we sleep 
He sends us clothed about with wings, 
And finds them ragged babes that weep!...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...s oak from elm: one loves the soldier, one 
The silken priest of peace, one this, one that, 
And some unworthily; their sinless faith, 
A maiden moon that sparkles on a sty, 
Glorifying clown and satyr; whence they need 
More breadth of culture: is not Ida right? 
They worth it? truer to the law within? 
Severer in the logic of a life? 
Twice as magnetic to sweet influences 
Of earth and heaven? and she of whom you speak, 
My mother, looks as whole as some serene 
Creation mi...Read More

by Akhmatova, Anna
...t weaker.
It has become still better without love,
The sky is tall, the mountain wind is blowing
My thoughts are sinless to true God above.
The sleeplessness has gone to other places,
I do not on grey ashes count my sorrow,
And the skewed arrow of the clock face
Does not look to me like a deadly arrow.
How past over the heart is losing power!
Freedom is near. I will forgive all yet,
Watching, as ray of sun runs up and down
The springtime vine that w...Read More

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