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Famous Subsidy Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Masefield, John
...t yet, "said I, "not yet they won't; 
And now you'll hear me, like or don't. 
The English Church both is and was 
A subsidy of Caiaphas. 
I don't believe in Prayer or Bible, 
They're lies all through, and you're a libel, 
A libel on the Devil's plan 
When first he miscreated man. 
You mumble through a formal code 
To get which martyrs burned and blowed. 

I look on martyrs as mistakes, 
But still they burned for it at stakes; 
Your only fire's the jolly fire 
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by Chaucer, Geoffrey

22. He would the sea were kept for any thing: he would for
anything that the sea were guarded. "The old subsidy of
tonnage and poundage," says Tyrwhitt, "was given to the king
'pour la saufgarde et custodie del mer.' -- for the safeguard and
keeping of the sea" (12 E. IV. C.3).

23. Middleburg, at the mouth of the Scheldt, in Holland;
Orwell, a seaport in Essex.

24. Shields: Crowns, so called from the shields stamped on
them; F...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...Unto the Whole -- how add?
Has "All" a further realm --
Or Utmost an Ulterior?
Oh, Subsidy of Balm!...Read More

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