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Famous Subside Poems by Famous Poets

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by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
Thrilled with joy that its brief death gives -- 
Death whose laugh or whose breath forgives 
Change that bids it subside and rise. 

Hard and heavy, remote but nearing, 
Sunless hangs the severe sky's weight, 
Cloud on cloud, though the wind be veering 
Heaped on high to the sundawn's gate. 
Dawn and even and noon are one, 
Veiled with vapour and void of sun; 
Nought in sight or in fancied hearing 
Now less mighty than time or fate. 

The grey sky gleam...Read More

by Keats, John
...Tis the life of waters:—Ocean
And all its vassal streams, pools numberless,
May rage, and foam, and fret, but never can
Subside, if not to dark-blue nativeness.
Blue! gentle cousin of the forest-green,
Married to green in all the sweetest flowers— 
Forget-me-not,—the blue-bell,—and, that queen
Of secrecy, the violet: what strange powers
Hast thou, as a mere shadow! But how great,
When in an Eye thou art alive with fate!...Read More

by Larkin, Philip
...d parasols: outside,
Squadrons of empty cars, and heat,
And littered grass : then the long cry
Hanging unhushed till it subside
To stop-press columns on the street.

Do memories plague their ears like flies?
They shake their heads. Dusk brims the shadows.
Summer by summer all stole away,
The starting-gates, the crowd and cries -
All but the unmolesting meadows.
Almanacked, their names live; they

Have slipped their names, and stand at ease,
Or gallop for what ...Read More

by Carman, Bliss
...rit, come 
None knows wherefrom, 
The viewless draughty tide 
And wash of being. I hear it yaw and glide, 
And then subside, 

Along these ghostly corridors and halls 
Like faint footfalls; 
The hangings stir in the air; 
And when I start and challenge, "Who goes there?" 
It answers, "Where?" 

The wail and sob and moan of the sea's dirge, 
Its plangor and surge; 
The awful biting sough 
Of drifted snows along some arctic bluff, 
That veer and luff, 

And have the vaca...Read More

by Larkin, Philip
...lawn spreads dazzlingly wide.
A known bell chimes. I catch my train, ignored.
Canal and clouds and colleges subside
Slowly from view. But Dockery, good Lord,
Anyone up today must have been born
In '43, when I was twenty-one.
If he was younger, did he get this son
At nineteen, twenty? Was he that withdrawn

High-collared public-schoolboy, sharing rooms
With Cartwright who was killed? Well, it just shows
How much . . . How little . . .Read More

by Berryman, John
...Full moon. Our Narragansett gales subside
and the land is celebrating men of war
more or less, less or more.
In valleys, thin on headlands, narrow & wide
our targets rest. In us we trust. Far, near,
the bivouacs of fear

are solemn in the moon somewhere tonight,
in turning time. It's late for gratitude,
an annual, rude
roar of a moment's turkey's 'Thanks'. Bright & white
...Read More

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
...d that of him, and all that his may be;
All things that move and breathe with toil and sound
Are born and die; revolve, subside, and swell.
Power dwells apart in its tranquility,
Remote, serene, and inaccessible:
And this, the naked countenance of earth,
On which I gaze, even these primeval mountains
Teach the adverting mind. The glaciers creep
Like snakes that watch their prey, from their far fountains,
Slow rolling on; there, many a precipice,
Frost and the Sun in s...Read More

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
...nd that of him and all that his may be;
All things that move and breathe with toil and sound
Are born and die; revolve, subside, and swell.
Power dwells apart in its tranquillity,
Remote, serene, and inaccessible:
And this, the naked countenance of earth,
On which I gaze, even these primeval mountains
Teach the adverting mind. The glaciers creep
Like snakes that watch their prey, from their far fountains,
Slow rolling on; there, many a precipice
Frost and the Sun in s...Read More

by Berry, Wendell
...e river. Green leaves
grow weary of their color.
Now evening too is in the air.
The bright hawks of the day
subside. The owls waken.
Small creatures die because
larger creatures are hungry.
How superior to this
human confusion of greed
and creed, blood and fire.

The question before me, now that I
am old, is not how to be dead,
which I know from enough practice,
but how to be alive, as these worn
hills still tell, and some paintings
of Paul Ce...Read More

by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...ilent o'er the future's plain
Its mystic waters roll.

God, seeing, knoweth best, 
And in His time the waters shall subside, 
And thou shalt know what lies beneath the tide, 
Then wait, my soul, and rest....Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...tamed them,—not for ever;
Thou overflow'st thy banks, and not for aye
The bosom overboils, congenial river!
Thy floods subside, and mine have sunk away.

But left long wrecks behind, and now again,
Born in our old unchanged career, we move;
Thou tendest wildly onwards to the main,
And I—to loving one I should not love.

The current I behold will sweep beneath
Her native walls and murmur at her feet;
Her eyes will look on thee, when she shall breathe
The twilight air...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...usiness, whatever it may be? 

It is well—Against such I say not a word—I am their poet also; 
But behold! such swiftly subside—burnt up for Religion’s sake; 
For not all matter is fuel to heat, impalpable flame, the essential life of the
Any more than such are to Religion.

10What do you seek, so pensive and silent? 
What do you need, Camerado? 
Dear son! do you think it is love? 

Listen, dear son—listen, America, daughter or son! 
It is a painful thing to love...Read More

by Williams, C K
...s to fiddle with a 
cock, then hammer it,
before the gush and stench will deintensify, the dark, Dantean broth 
wearily subside.
In its crucible, the stuff looks bland, like licorice, spill it, though, on 
your boots or coveralls,
it sears, and everything is permeated with it, the furnace gunked with 
burst and half-burst bubbles,
the men themselves so completely slashed and mucked they seem almost 
from another realm, like trolls.
When they take their break, they lea...Read More

by Pope, Alexander
...ens Wits against the Lady's Hair;
The doubtful Beam long nods from side to side;
At length the Wits mount up, the Hairs subside.

See fierce Belinda on the Baron flies,
With more than usual Lightning in her Eyes;
Nor fear'd the Chief th' unequal Fight to try,
Who sought no more than on his Foe to die.
But this bold Lord, with manly Strength indu'd,
She with one Finger and a Thumb subdu'd, 
Just where the Breath of Life his Nostrils drew,
A Charge of Snuff the wily Vir...Read More

by Pope, Alexander
...s wits against the lady's hair;
The doubtful beam long nods from side to side;
At length the wits mount up, the hairs subside.

See, fierce Belinda on the baron flies,
With more than usual lightning in her eyes,
Nor fear'd the chief th' unequal fight to try,
Who sought no more than on his foe to die.
But this bold lord with manly strength endu'd,
She with one finger and a thumb subdu'd:
Just where the breath of life his nostrils drew,
A charge of snuff the ...Read More

by Walcott, Derek
...Flight quail
like two criminal. Whole night, with no rest,
till red-eyed like dawn, we watch our travail
subsiding, subside, and there was no more storm.
And the noon sea get calm as Thy Kingdom come.

11 After the Storm

There's a fresh light that follows a storm
while the whole sea still havoc; in its bright wake
I saw the veiled face of Maria Concepcion
marrying the ocean, then drifting away
in the widening lace of her bridal train
with white gulls her bridesm...Read More

by Wheatley, Phillis
...e cause whence heav'n and earth began to be,
"And is not man immortaliz'd by me?
"Reason let this most causeless strife subside."
Thus Love pronounc'd, and Reason thus reply'd.
"Thy birth, coelestial queen! 'tis mine to own,
"In thee resplendent is the Godhead shown;
"Thy words persuade, my soul enraptur'd feels
"Resistless beauty which thy smile reveals."
Ardent she spoke, and, kindling at her charms,
She clasp'd the blooming goddess in her arms.
Infinite Lov...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...she should hide
As I ride, as I ride,
All that's meant me: satisfied
When the Prophet and the Bride
Stop veins I'd have subside
As I ride, as I ride!...Read More

by Robinson, Mary Darby waves unfold, 
In one vast sheet of liquid gold; 
Then shalt thou mark CREATION'S pride 
In slow and trembling tints subside, 
'Till darkness stealing o'er the globe, 
Unfurls its sable spangled robe. 
Then shall thy conscious feelings find 
An emblem of the Human Mind; 
How grand, ineffable and bright, 
When all its lustrous fires unite: 
But when chill sorrow spreads its snare, 
And tempts its victim to DESPAIR, 
All, all its proud perfections fade 
In black, oblivio...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
The active agony of grief
Retards, but never counts the hour.
In joy I've sighed to think thy flight
Would soon subside from swift to slow;
Thy cloud could overcast the light,
But could not add a night to Woe;
For then, however drear and dark,
My soul was suited to thy sky;
One star alone shot forth a spark
To prove thee---not Eternity.
That beam hath sunk---and now thou art
A blank---a thing to count and curse
Through each dull tedious trifling part,
Which all re...Read More

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