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Famous Viper Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...p that wanders wild astray,
Is not more friendless, is not more a prey;
Vampyre-booksellers drain him to the heart,
And viper-critics cureless venom dart.
 Critics! appll’d I venture on the name,
Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame,
Bloody dissectors, worse than ten Monroes,
He hacks to teach, they mangle to expose:
By blockhead’s daring into madness stung,
His heart by wanton, causeless malice wrung,
His well-won ways-than life itself more dear—
By miscreants t...Read more of this...

by Dryden, John
...ighteously decreed,
Those dire artificers of death shall bleed.
Against themselves their witnesses will swear,
Till viper-like their mother plot they tear:
And suck for nutriment that bloody gore
Which was their principle of life before.
Their Belial with the Belzebub will fight;
Thus on my foes, my foes shall do me right:
Nor doubt th'event: for factious crowds engage
In their first onset, all their brutal rage;
Then, let 'em take an unresisted course:
Retire and tra...Read more of this...

by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
...and hands were fed,
And with mute mouth out of the dusty dead
Strove to make answer when thou bad'st her rise.

Yet viper-stricken must her lifeblood feel
The fang that stung her sleeping, the foul germ
Even when she wakes of hell's most poisonous worm,
Though now it writhe beneath her wounded heel.
Turn yet, she will not fade nor fly from thee;
Wait, and see hell yield up Eurydice....Read more of this...

by Southey, Robert
...hat false image caught his warm embrace
And gored his open breast. The reptile race
Clung round his bosom, and with viper folds
Encircling, stung the fool who fostered them.
His mother was SIMPLICITY, his sire
BENEVOLENCE; in earlier days he bore
His father's name; the world who injured him
Call him MISANTHROPY. I may not chuse
But love him, HOUSEHOLD GODS! for we were nurst
In the same school.

PENATES! some there are
Who say, that not in the inmost heaven ye...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...s in armour-plated pants, 
And defies the stings of scorpions, and the bites of bull-dog ants: 
Where the adder and the viper tear each other by the throat,— 
There it was that William Johnson sought his snake-bite antidote. 
Johnson was a free-selector, and his brain went rather *****, 
For the constant sight of serpents filled him with a deadly fear; 
So he tramped his free-selection, morning, afternoon, and night, 
Seeking for some great specific that would cure the se...Read more of this...

by Smart, Christopher CROSS. 

For I am like a frog in the brambles, but the Lord hath put his whole armour upon me. 

For I was a Viper-catcher in my youth and the Lord delivered me from his venom. 

For I rejoice that I attribute to God, what others vainly ascribe to feeble man. 

For I am ready to die for his sake -- who lay down his life for all mankind. 

For the son of JOSHUA shall prevail against the servant of Gideon -- Good men have their betters, 

For my seed shal...Read more of this...

by Trumbull, John
Must yet convict you and your crew.

"Ungrateful sons! a factious band,
That rise against your parent land!
Ye viper race, that burst in strife
The genial womb that gave you life,
Tear with sharp fangs and forked tongue
The indulgent bowels whence ye sprung;
And scorn the debt and obligation,
You justly owe the British nation,
Which, since you cannot pay, your crew
Affect to swear was never due.

"Did not the deeds of England's primate
First drive your fathers t...Read more of this...

by Milton, John
...till now conceal'd.

Sam: So let her go, God sent her to debase me,
And aggravate my folly who committed 
To such a viper his most sacred trust
Of secresie, my safety, and my life.

Chor: Yet beauty, though injurious, hath strange power,
After offence returning, to regain
Love once possest, nor can be easily
Repuls't, without much inward passion felt
And secret sting of amorous remorse.

Sam: Love-quarrels oft in pleasing concord end,
Not wedlock-trechery endanger...Read more of this...

by Clare, John
...reapers quit the sultry field, 
And crown'd with corn, their thanks to Ceres yield. 
This harmless grove no lurking viper hides, 
But in my breast the serpent Love abides. 
Here bees from blossoms sip the rosy dew, 
But your Alexis knows no sweets but you. 
Oh deign to visit our forsaken seats, 
The mossy fountains, and the green retreats! 
Where-e'er you walk, cool gales shall fan the glade, 
Trees, where you sit, shall crowd into a shade, 
Where-e'er you tread, ...Read more of this...

by Hugo, Victor
...the dark horsehair 
 That waves in jet folds wide! 
 The gypsy (spiteful wench!) foretold, 
 With a voice like a viper hissing. 
 (Though I had crossed her palm with gold), 
 That from the ranks a spirit bold 
 Would be to-day found missing. 
 But I have prayed so much, I trust 
 Her words may prove untrue; 
 Though in a tomb the hag accurst 
 Muttered: "Prepare thee for the worst!" 
 Whilst the lamp burnt ghastly blue. 
 My joy her spells shall not prev...Read more of this...

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord -- it makes me angry now. 

Willy stood up like a man, and look'd the thing that he meant;
Jenny, the viper, made me a mocking courtesy and went.
And I said, `Let us part: in a hundred years it'll all be the same,
You cannot love me at all, if you love not my good name.' 

And he turn'd, and I saw his eyes all wet, in the sweet moonshine:
Sweetheart, I love you so well that your good name is mine.
And what do I care for Jane, let her sp...Read more of this...

by Finch, Anne Kingsmill
...o guide my Steps, and stumbling to prevent. 
No Staff, the Man proceeds; but to thy harm 
A Snake 'twill prove: The Viper, now grown warm 
Confirm'd it soon, and fasten'd on his Arm. 

Thus wilt thou find, Shepherd believe it true, 
Some Ill, that shall this seeming Good ensue; 
Thousand Distastes, t' allay thy envy'd Gains, 
Unthought of, on the parcimonious Plains. 
So prov'd the Event, and Whisp'rers now defame 
The candid Judge, and his Proceedings blame. ...Read more of this...

by Blake, William
...away the
rubbish from a caves mouth; within, a number of Dragons were
hollowing the cave, 
In the second chamber was a Viper folding round the rock & the 
cave, and others adorning it with gold silver and precious
In the third chamber was an Eagle with wings and feathers of
air, he caused the inside of the cave to be infinite, around were
numbers of Eagle like men, who built palaces in the immense
In the fourth chamber were Lions of flaming fire ragin...Read more of this...

by Browning, Robert
...ter me so as you never saw!
And I chiefly use my charm
On creatures that do people harm,
The mole and toad and newt and viper;
And people call me the Pied Piper."
(And here they noticed round his neck
A scarf of red and yellow stripe,
To match with his coat of the selfsame cheque;
And at the scarf's end hung a pipe;
And his fingers, they noticed, were ever straying
As if impatient to be playing
Upon this pipe, as low it dangled
Over his vesture so old-fangled.)
"Yet,"...Read more of this...

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...e sat: 
Then came a change; for sometimes I would catch 
Her hand in wild delirium, gripe it hard, 
And fling it like a viper off, and shriek 
'You are not Ida;' clasp it once again, 
And call her Ida, though I knew her not, 
And call her sweet, as if in irony, 
And call her hard and cold which seemed a truth: 
And still she feared that I should lose my mind, 
And often she believed that I should die: 
Till out of long frustration of her care, 
And pensive tendance in the all...Read more of this...

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