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Famous Succession Poems by Famous Poets

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by Burns, Robert, guardian, and reward!)
 O never, never Scotia’s realm desert;
But still the patriot, and the patriot-bard
In bright succession raise, her ornament and guard!

 Note 1. Pope’s “Windsor Forest.”—R. B. [back]...Read More

by Brackenridge, Hugh Henry
...tic grows and pierces far 
Thro' ages yet unborn. We saw the states 
And mighty empires of the East arise 
In swift succession from the Assyrian 
To Macedon and Rome; to Britain thence 
Dominion drove her car, she stretch'd her reign 
Oer many isles, wide seas, and peopled lands. 
Now in the West a continent appears; 
A newer world now opens to her view; 
She hastens onward to th' Americ shores 
And bids a scene of recent wonders rise. 
New states new empires and ...Read More

by Dryden, John
...several mothers bore
To god-like David, several sons before.
But since like slaves his bed they did ascend,
No true succession could their seed attend.
Of all this numerous progeny was none
So beautiful, so brave, as Absalom:
Whether, inspir'd by some diviner lust,
His father got him with a greater gust;
Or that his conscious destiny made way,
By manly beauty to imperial sway.
Early in foreign fields he won renown,
With kings and states alli'd to Israel's crown:
I...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...water just to touch 
At some one point the inside of a sphere, 
And, as we turn the sphere, touch all the rest 
In due succession: but the finer air 
Which not so palpably nor obviously, 
Though no less universally, can touch 
The whole circumference of that emptied sphere, 
Fills it more fully than the water did; 
Holds thrice the weight of water in itself 
Resolved into a subtler element. 
And yet the vulgar call the sphere first full 
Up to the visible height--and aft...Read More

by Collins, Billy compatriots.

There are no abbeys here, no crumbling frescoes or famous
domes and there is no need to memorize a succession
of kings or tour the dripping corners of a dungeon.
No need to stand around a sarcophagus, see Napoleon's
little bed on Elba, or view the bones of a saint under glass.

How much better to command the simple precinct of home
than be dwarfed by pillar, arch, and basilica.
Why hide my head in phrase books and wrinkled maps?
Why feed scene...Read More

by Marvell, Andrew did he learn those arts that cost us dear? 
Where below earth, or where above the sphere? 
He seems a king by long succession born, 
And yet the same to be a king does scorn. 
Abroad a king he seems, and something more, 
At home a subject on the equal floor. 
O could I once him with our title see, 
So should I hope that he might die as we. 
But let them write is praise that love him best, 
It grieves me sore to have thus much confessed.' 

Pardon, great P...Read More

by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns)

In my beginning is my end. In succession
Houses rise and fall, crumble, are extended,
Are removed, destroyed, restored, or in their place
Is an open field, or a factory, or a by-pass.
Old stone to new building, old timber to new fires,
Old fires to ashes, and ashes to the earth
Which is already flesh, fur and faeces,
Bone of man and beast, cornstalk and leaf.
Houses live and die:...Read More

by Dryden, John
...urishing in peace,
And blest with issue of a large increase,
Worn out with business, did at length debate
To settle the succession of the State:
And pond'ring which of all his sons was fit
To reign, and wage immortal war with wit;
Cry'd, 'tis resolv'd; for nature pleads that he
Should only rule, who most resembles me:
Shadwell alone my perfect image bears,
Mature in dullness from his tender years.
Shadwell alone, of all my sons, is he
Who stands confirm'd in full stupidit...Read More

by Bryant, William Cullen
...s cloud,
And the horizon throws away its shroud,
Sweeping a stretching circle from the eye;
Storms upon storms in quick succession crowd,
And o'er the sameness of the purple sky
Heaven paints, with hurried hand, wild hues of every dye.

At length it comes along the forest oaks,
With sobbing ebbs, and uproar gathering high;
The scared, hoarse raven on its cradle croaks,
And stockdove-flocks in hurried terrors fly,
While the blue hawk hangs o'er them in the sky.—
The he...Read More

by Koch, Kenneth
...tracks pose dangers, too: one memory
Certainly hides another, that being what memory is all about,
The eternal reverse succession of contemplated entities. Reading 
 A Sentimental Journey look around
When you have finished, for Tristram Shandy, to see
If it is standing there, it should be, stronger
And more profound and theretofore hidden as Santa Maria Maggiore
May be hidden by similar churches inside Rome. One sidewalk
May hide another, as when you're asleep there,...Read More

by Milton, John 
All nations; and to kings foretold, of kings 
The last; for of his reign shall be no end. 
But first, a long succession must ensue; 
And his next son, for wealth and wisdom famed, 
The clouded ark of God, till then in tents 
Wandering, shall in a glorious temple enshrine. 
Such follow him, as shall be registered 
Part good, part bad; of bad the longer scroll; 
Whose foul idolatries, and other faults 
Heaped to the popular sum, will so incense 
God, as to leave ...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
di buon proponimento per udire
come Dio vuol che 'l debito si paghi.
 Non attender la forma del martìre:
pensa la succession; pensa ch'al peggio,
oltre la gran sentenza non può ire.
 Io cominciai: «Maestro, quel ch'io veggio
muovere a noi, non mi sembian persone,
e non so che, sì nel veder vaneggio».
 Ed elli a me: «La grave condizione
di lor tormento a terra li rannicchia,
sì che ' miei occhi pria n'ebber tencione.
 Ma guarda fiso là, e disviticchia
col vis...Read More

by Jeffers, Robinson
And spores; my own coast's obscene future: I remember the farther
Future, and the last man dying
Without succession under the confident eyes of the stars.
It was only a moment's accident,
The race that plagued us; the world resumes the old lonely immortal
Splendor; from here I can even
Perceive that that snuffed candle had something . . . a fantastic virtue,
A faint and unshapely pathos . . .
So death will flatter them at last: what,...Read More

by Goldsmith, Oliver
...The matron's glance that would those looks reprove:
These were thy charms, sweet village; sports like these,
With sweet succession, taught even toil to please;
These round thy bowers their cheerful influence shed,
These were thy charms—But all these charms are fled.

Sweet smiling village, loveliest of the lawn,
Thy sports are fled, and all thy charms withdrawn;
Amidst thy bowers the tyrant's hand is seen,
And desolation saddens all thy green:
One only master grasps the w...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
...der mountain high,
     I marked thee send delighted eye
     Far to the south and east, where lay,
     Extended in succession gay,
     Deep waving fields and pastures green,
     With gentle slopes and groves between:—
     These fertile plains, that softened vale,
     Were once the birthright of the Gael;
     The stranger came with iron hand,
     And from our fathers reft the land.
     Where dwell we now?  See, rudely swell
     Crag over crag, and fell o'e...Read More

by Dryden, John
...the seeds of civil war, 
Inherent right in monarchs did declare; 
And, that a lawful power might never cease, 
Secured succession to secure our peace. 
Thus property and sovereign sway at last 
In equal balances were justly cast; 
But this new Jehu spurs the hot-mounted horse, 
Instructs the beast to know his native force, 
To take the bit between his teeth and fly 
To the next headlong steep of anarchy. 
Too happy Engand, if our good we knew, 
Would we possess the f...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...ts, can see but parts, now this, now that, 
And live, perforce, from thought to thought, and make 
One act a phantom of succession: thus 
Our weakness somehow shapes the shadow, Time; 
But in the shadow will we work, and mould 
The woman to the fuller day.' 
She spake 
With kindled eyes; we rode a league beyond, 
And, o'er a bridge of pinewood crossing, came 
On flowery levels underneath the crag, 
Full of all beauty. 'O how sweet' I said 
(For I was half-oblivious of...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...Sompnour's Tale

1. Trentals: The money given to the priests for performing thirty
masses for the dead, either in succession or on the anniversaries
of their death; also the masses themselves, which were very
profitable to the clergy.

2. Possessioners: The regular religious orders, who had lands
and fixed revenues; while the friars, by their vows, had to
depend on voluntary contributions, though their need suggested
many modes of evading the prescription.

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by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
...orient incense lit by the new ray
Burned slow & inconsumably, & sent
Their odorous sighs up to the smiling air,
And in succession due, did Continent,
Isle, Ocean, & all things that in them wear
The form & character of mortal mould
Rise as the Sun their father rose, to bear
Their portion of the toil which he of old
Took as his own & then imposed on them;
But I, whom thoughts which must remain untold
Had kept as wakeful as the stars that gem
The cone of night, now they were la...Read More

by Miller, Alice Duer
Teasing every one great and small 
With a blank straight face and a Yankee drawl; 
Teasing the Vicar on Apostolic Succession 
And what the Thirty-Nine Articles really meant to convey,
Teasing Nanny, though he did not
Make much impression
On that imperturbable Scot.
Teasing our local grandee, a noble peer,
Who firmly believed the Ten Lost Tribes
Of Israel had settled here—
A theory my father had at his fingers' ends—
Only one person was always safe from his jibes—
My...Read More

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