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Famous Time Has Come Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Laurence Dunbar, Paul
...When summer time has come, and all
The world is in the magic thrall
Of perfumed airs that lull each sense
To fits of drowsy indolence;
When skies are deepest blue above,
And flow'rs aflush,—then most I love
To start, while early dews are damp,
And wend my way in woodland tramp
Where forests rustle, tree on tree,
And sing their silent songs to me;
Where pathway...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
...perder lo face,
che 'n tutt'i suoi pensier piange e s'attrista ;

Even as he who glories while he gains
will, when the time has come to tally loss,
lament with every thought and turn despondent,

tal mi fece la bestia sanza pace,
che, venendomi 'ncontro, a poco a poco
mi ripigneva l? dove 'l sol tace .

so was I when I faced that restless beast
which, even as she stalked me, step by step
had thrust me back to where the sun is speechless.

Mentre ch'i' rovinava in b...Read More

by Whittier, John Greenleaf
...The autumn-time has come; 
On woods that dream of bloom, 
And over purpling vines, 
The low sun fainter shines. 

The aster-flower is failing, 
The hazel's gold is paling; 
Yet overhead more near 
The eternal stars appear! 

And present gratitude 
Insures the future's good, 
And for the things I see 
I trust the things to be; 

That in the paths untrod, 
And the lo...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
...diators. They talk and forget and nod and are out of talk with closed eyes. Forgetting to live. Knowing the time has come useless for them to live. Old eagles and old dogs run and fly in the dreams.

Babies sleep. In flannels the papoose faces, the bambino noses, and dodo, dodo the song of many matushkas. Babies—a leaf on a tree in the spring sun. A nub of a new thing sucks the sap of a tree in the sun, yes a new thing, a what-is-it? A left han...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...the universe; 
And I do not see one cause or result lamentable at last in the universe. 

O setting sun! though the time has come, 
I still warble under you, if none else does, unmitigated adoration....Read More

by Bishop, Elizabeth
I'm going to get a job in the next town."
Le Roy, you're earning too much money now.


The time has come to call a halt;
 and so it ends.
 He's gone off with his other friends.
 He needn't try to make amends,
this occasion's all his fault.
 Through rain and dark I see his face
 across the street at Flossie's place.
 He's drinking in the warm pink glow
 to th' accompaniment of the piccolo.*

The time has come to call a halt....Read More

by Tagore, Rabindranath
...When I give up the helm 
I know that the time has come for thee to take it. 
What there is to do will be instantly done. 
Vain is this struggle. 

Then take away your hands 
and silently put up with your defeat, my heart, 
and think it your good fortune to sit perfectly still 
where you are placed. 

These my lamps are blown out at every little puff of wind, 
and trying to light the...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...t, of fear that she forget.
He sought once more her cabin door: "I've laboured like a beast;
But now, dear one, the time has come to go before the priest.

"I've brought you gold - a hundred fold I'll bring you bye and bye;
But oh I want you, want you bad; I want you till I die.
Come, quit this life with evil rife - we'll joy while yet we can..."
"I may not wed with you," she said; "I love another man.

"I love him and I hate him so. He holds m...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...ce our fortune swerved from sun to shade, 
And all through that young traitor, cruel need 
Constrained us, but a better time has come; 
So clothe yourself in this, that better fits 
Our mended fortunes and a Prince's bride: 
For though ye won the prize of fairest fair, 
And though I heard him call you fairest fair, 
Let never maiden think, however fair, 
She is not fairer in new clothes than old. 
And should some great court-lady say, the Prince 
Hath picked a ragged-robi...Read More

by Carroll, Lewis
...then they rested on a rock
   Conveniently low;
And all the little Oysters stood
   And waited in a row.

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
   "To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
   And cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
   And whether pigs have wings."

"But wait a bit," the Oysters cried,
   "Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
   And all of us are fat!"
"No hurry!" said the Carpent...Read More

by Laurence Dunbar, Paul, love.)
The little bird is sleeping
In the softness of its nest.
Night follows day, day follows dawn,
And so the time has come and gone:
And it's weary, weary waiting, love.
The cruel wind is rising
[Pg 101]With a whistle and a wail.
(And it's weary, weary waiting, love.)
My eyes are seaward straining
For the coming of a sail;
But void the sea, and void the beach
Far and beyond where gaze can reach!
And it's ...Read More

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