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Famous Sturdy Poems by Famous Poets

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by Burns, Robert a rantin kirn we gat,
 An’ just on Halloween
 It fell that night.

“Our stibble-rig was Rab M’Graen,
 A clever, sturdy fallow;
His sin gat Eppie Sim wi’ wean,
 That lived in Achmacalla:
He gat hemp-seed, 11 I mind it weel,
 An’he made unco light o’t;
But mony a day was by himsel’,
 He was sae sairly frighted
 That vera night.”

Then up gat fechtin Jamie Fleck,
 An’ he swoor by his conscience,
That he could saw hemp-seed a peck;
 For it was a’ but nonsense:
The au...Read More

by Burns, Robert

My heart did glowing transport feel,
To see a race heroic 3 wheel,
And brandish round the deep-dyed steel,
 In sturdy blows;
While, back-recoiling, seem’d to reel
 Their Suthron foes.

His Country’s Saviour, 4 mark him well!
Bold Richardton’s heroic swell,; 5
The chief, on Sark who glorious fell, 6
 In high command;
And he whom ruthless fates expel
His native land.

There, where a sceptr’d Pictish shade
Stalk’d round his ashes lowly laid, 7
I mark’d a marti...Read More

by Bradstreet, Anne
241 By force expel, destroy, and tread them down.
242 Let Gaols be fill'd with th' remnant of that pack,
243 And sturdy Tyburn loaded till it crack.
244 And ye brave Nobles, chase away all fear,
245 And to this blessed Cause closely adhere.
246 O mother, can you weep and have such Peers?
247 When they are gone, then drown your self in tears,
248 If now you weep so much, that then no more
249 The briny Ocean will o'erflow your shore.
250 These, these are the...Read More

by Thayer, Ernest Lawrence
...d sphere came hurtling through the air, 
and Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there. 

Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped -- 
"That ain't my style," said Casey. 

"Strike one!" the umpire said. 
From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar, 
like the beating of the storm waves on a stern and distant shore. 

"Kill him! Kill the umpire!" shouted someone on the stand, 
and it's likely they'd have kille...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...t of betrothal.
There in the shade of the porch were the priest and the notary seated;
There good Benedict sat, and sturdy Basil the blacksmith.
Not far withdrawn from these, by the cider-press and the beehives,
Michael the fiddler was placed, with the gayest of hearts and of waistcoats.
Shadow and light from the leaves alternately played on his snow-white
Hair, as it waved in the wind; and the jolly face of the fiddler
Glowed like a living coal when the ashes are...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
.... The Polish King was fain 
 To help the Russian Spotocus—his aid 
 Was like the help that in their common trade 
 A sturdy butcher gives a weaker one. 
 The King it is who seizes, and this done, 
 The Emp'ror pillages, usurping right 
 In war Teutonic, settled but by might. 
 The King in Jutland cynic footing gains, 
 The weak coerced, the while with cunning pains 
 The strong are duped. But 'tis a law they make 
 That their accord themselves should never break. 
...Read More

by Thoreau, Henry David
...can do, 
What power there is in Love 
His inmost soul to move 

Two sturdy oaks I mean, which side by side, 
Withstand the winter's storm, 
And spite of wind and tide, 
Grow up the meadow's pride, 
For both are strong 

Above they barely touch, but undermined 
Down to their deepest source, 
Admiring you shall find 
Their roots are intertwined 
Insep'rably....Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...than flame.


'We neared the wild wood - 'twas so wide,
I saw no bounds on either side;
'Twas studded with old sturdy trees,
That bent not to the roughest breeze
Which howls down from Siberia's waste,
And strips the forest in its haste, -
But these were few and far between,
Set thick with shrubs more young and green,
Luxuriant with their annual leaves,
Ere strown by those autumnal eves
That nip the forest's foliage dead,
Discoloured with a lifeless red,
Which stands ...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
Her thoughts of gentler blood, when these had duked
It with the best, and scorned to change their 

A sturdy family, and old besides, Much older 
than her own, the Earls of Crowe.
Since Saxon days, these men had sought their brides Among the 
highest born, but always so,
Taking them to themselves, their wealth, their lands, But never 
their titles. Stern perhaps, but strong,
The Framptons fed their blood from richest streams, Scorning 
the common thr...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...Spain! you Portuguese! 
You Frenchwoman and Frenchman of France! 
You Belge! you liberty-lover of the Netherlands! 
You sturdy Austrian! you Lombard! Hun! Bohemian! farmer of Styria! 
You neighbor of the Danube!
You working-man of the Rhine, the Elbe, or the Weser! you working-woman too! 
You Sardinian! you Bavarian! Swabian! Saxon! Wallachian! Bulgarian! 
You citizen of Prague! Roman! Neapolitan! Greek! 
You lithe matador in the arena at Seville! 
You mountaineer living lawl...Read More

by Whitman, Walt! 
Behold how the ash writhes under those muscular arms! 

There by the furnace, and there by the anvil, 
Behold thy sturdy blacksmiths, swinging their sledges; 
Overhand so steady—overhand they turn and fall, with joyous clank,
Like a tumult of laughter. 

Behold! (for still the procession moves,) 
Behold, Mother of All, thy countless sailors, boatmen, coasters! 
The myriads of thy young and old mechanics! 
Mark—mark the spirit of invention everywhere—thy rapid patent...Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...e prowess of the Christian steel?
False idols only shall be brave?
His mission is the world to save;
To free it, by his sturdy arm,
From every hurt, from every harm;
Yet wisdom must his courage bend,
And cunning must with strength contend.'
Thus spake I oft, and went alone
The monster's traces to espy;
When on my mind a bright light shone,--
'I have it!' was my joyful cry."

"To thee I went, and thus I spake:
'My homeward journey I would take.'
Thou, lord, didst g...Read More

by Yeats, William Butler
...rry face,
A bundle of rags upon a crutch,
Stumbled upon that windy place
Called Cruachan, and it was as much
As the one sturdy leg could do
To keep him upright while he cursed.
He had counted, where long years ago
Queen Maeve's nine Maines had been nursed,
A pair of lapwings, one old sheep,
And not a house to the plain's edge,
When close to his right hand a heap
Of grey stones and a rocky ledge
Reminded him that he could make.
If he but shifted a few stones,
A shelter...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter hoar trunks bared,
     And by the hatchet rudely squared,
     To give the walls their destined height,
     The sturdy oak and ash unite;
     While moss and clay and leaves combined
     To fence each crevice from the wind.
     The lighter pine-trees overhead
     Their slender length for rafters spread,
     And withered heath and rushes dry
     Supplied a russet canopy.
     Due westward, fronting to the green,
     A rural portico was seen,
     Aloft o...Read More

by Wordsworth, William
..., I met;  Along the broad high-way he came,  His cheeks with tears were wet.  Sturdy he seemed, though he was sad;  And in his arms a lamb he had.   He saw me, and he turned aside,  As if he wished himself to hide:  Then with his coat he made essay  To wipe those briny tears away.  I follow'd him, and said, "My friend  What ails yo...Read More

by Brooks, Gwendolyn
...ood. Old marble. Old tile. Old old old.
Note homekind Oldness! Not Lake Forest, Glencoe.
Nothing is sturdy, nothing is majestic,
There is no quiet drama, no rubbed glaze, no
Unkillable infirmity of such
A tasteful turn as lately they have left,
Glencoe, Lake Forest, and to which their cars
Must presently restore them. When they're done
With dullards and distortions of this fistic
Patience of the poor and put-upon.
They've never seen such a make-do-...Read More

by Lindsay, Vachel
...the China sea, 
Yet do they think of that bright lamp he burned 
Of family worth and proud integrity. 

And many a sturdy grandchild hears his name 
In reverence spoken, till he feels akin 
To all the lion-eyed who built the world — 
And lion-dreams begin to burn within....Read More

by Thomson, James the Sea-Mew, unconfin'd, they fly,
And, hurrying, swallow up the steril Shore.

THE Mountain growls; and all its sturdy Sons
Stoop to the Bottom of the Rocks they shade:
Lone, on its Midnight-Side, and all aghast, 
The dark, way-faring, Stranger, breathless, toils,
And climbs against the Blast --
Low, waves the rooted Forest, vex'd, and sheds
What of its leafy Honours yet remains.
Thus, struggling thro' the dissipated Grove, 
The whirling Tempest raves along the Pl...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
(If nations may be liken'd to a goose), 
And realised the phrase of 'hell broke loose.' 


Here crash'd a sturdy oath of stout John Bull, 
Who damn'd away his eyes as heretofore: 
There Paddy brogued, 'By Jasus!' — 'What's your wull?' 
The temperate Scot exclaim'd: the French ghost swore 
In certain terms I shan't translate in full, 
As the first coachman will; and 'midst the roar, 
The voice of Jonathan was heard to express, 
'Our president is going to war, I g...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey, and my heart is martian;* *under the influence of Mars
Venus me gave my lust and liquorishness,
And Mars gave me my sturdy hardiness.] 25
Mine ascendant was Taure,* and Mars therein: *Taurus
Alas, alas, that ever love was sin!
I follow'd aye mine inclination
By virtue of my constellation:
That made me that I coulde not withdraw
My chamber of Venus from a good fellaw.
[Yet have I Marte's mark upon my face,
And also in another privy place.
For God so wisly* be m...Read More

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