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Famous Vale Of Tears Poems by Famous Poets

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by Chatterton, Thomas
...till was the Man Almighty God 
In Glory all his own. 

Despis'd, oppress'd, the Godhead bears 
The Torments of this Vale of tears; 
Nor bade his Vengeance rise; 
He saw the Creatures he had made, 
Revile his Power, his Peace invade; 
He saw with Mercy's Eyes. 

How shall we celebrate his Name, 
Who groan'd beneath a Life of shame 
In all Afflictions tried! 
The Soul is raptured to concieve 
A Truth, which Being must believe, 
The God Eternal died. 

My Soul exert ...Read More



by Browning, Robert
...What is he buzzing in my ears?
"Now that I come to die,
Do I view the world as a vale of tears?"
Ah, reverend sir, not I!

What I viewed there once, what I view again
Where the physic bottles stand
On the table's edge,—is a suburb lane,
With a wall to my bedside hand.

That lane sloped, much as the bottles do,
From a house you could descry
O'er the garden-wall: is the curtain blue
Or green to a healthy eye?

To mine, it serves for th...Read More

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
...shine upon
Of human thought or form, -- where art thou gone?
Why dost thou pass away and leave our state,
This dim vast vale of tears, vacant and desolate?
Ask why the sunlight not for ever
Weaves rainbows o'er yon mountain-river,
Why aught should fail and fade that once is shown,
Why fear and dream and death and birth
Cast on the daylight of this earth
Such gloom, -- why man has such a scope
For love and hate, despondency and hope?

No voice from some sublimer world hath eve...Read More

by Robinson, Mary Darby
...se now are lost to me­I stand 
Alone in ev'ry peopled land, 
No pleasure now my cold heart cheers, 
The future points a vale of tears­ 
Love rends my name from his bright page, 
And yields it to approaching age­ 
Then lead me, LAURA! to the bow'r 
Where sadly droops each with'ring flow'r, 
Where pois'nous shrubs disease exhale, 
And fev'rish vapours load the gale; 
There sink me to the sordid grief 
That meanly supplicates relief; 

There tell me I am most despis'd, 
E'en by ...Read More

by Bronte, Anne
...ging in the air;
The very clouds are standing still:
A breathless calm broods everywhere.
Thou pilgrim through this vale of tears,
Thou, too, a little moment cease
Thy anxious toil and fluttering fears,
And rest thee, for a while, in peace.' 

'I would, but Time keeps working still
And moving on for good or ill:
He will not rest or stay.
In pain or ease, in smiles or tears,
He still keeps adding to my years
And stealing life away.
His footsteps in the ceaseles...Read More



by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...churchbell
Entreats the soul to pray,
The midnight phantoms feel the spell,
The shadows sweep away.

Down the broad Vale of Tears afar
The spectral camp is fled;
Faith shineth as a morning star,
Our ghastly fears are dead....Read More

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