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Famous With Bated Breath Poems by Famous Poets

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by Davies, William Henry
...Thou shalt not laugh, thou shalt not romp, 
Let's grimly kiss with bated breath; 
As quietly and solemnly 
As Life when it is kissing Death. 
Now in the silence of the grave, 
My hand is squeezing that soft breast; 
While thou dost in such passion lie, 
It mocks me with its look of rest.

But when the morning comes at last, 
And we must part, our passions cold, 
You'll think of some new feather, scarf 
To buy w...Read More



by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...me any rain, 
You couldn't cross the black-soil plain -- 
You'd have to stop in Booligal." 



"We'd have to stop!" With bated breath 
We prayed that both in life and death 
Our fate in other lines might fall; 
"Oh, send us to our just reward 
In Hay or Hell, but, gracious Lord, 
Deliver us from Booligal!"...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...iven --
 A "coal-box" blots the "boyou" on my right.
Or else to evil Carnoy I am stealing,
 Past sentinels who hail with bated breath;
Where not a cigarette spark's dim revealing
 May hint our mission in that zone of death.

I see across the shrapnel-seeded meadows
 The jagged rubble-heap of La Boiselle;
Blood-guilty Fricourt brooding in the shadows,
 And Thiepval's chateau empty as a shell.
Down Albert's riven streets the moon is leering;
 The Hanging Virgin take...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...hundred. 

And they were supplied with a white flag, fit emblem of death,
Then they started off to O'Neill's farm, with bated breath,
Where their comrades had been left the previous night,
And were lying weltering in their gore, oh! what a horrible sight. 

And when they arrived at the foot of Majuba Hill,
They were stopped by a Boer party, but they meant no ill,
Who asked them what they wanted without dismay,
And when they said, their dead, there was no further dela...Read More

by Gordon, Adam Lindsay
...from this 
Softer lips might kiss. 

All is over! this is death, 
And I stand to watch thee die, 
Brave old horse! with bated breath 
Hardly drawn through tight-clenched teeth, 
Lip indented deep, but eye 
Only dull and dry. 

Musing on the husk and chaff 
Gathered where life’s tares are sown, 
Thus I speak, and force a laugh, 
That is half a sneer and half 
An involuntary groan, 
In a stifled tone— 

‘Rest, old friend! thy day, though rife 
With its toil, hath ended...Read More



by Yeats, William Butler
...fferent of a base intent;
Pull down established honour; hawk for news
Whatever their loose fantasy invent
And murmur it with bated breath, as though
The abounding gutter had been Helicon
Or calumny a song. How can they know
Truth flourishes where the student's lamp has shone,
And there alone, that have no Solitude?
So the crowd come they care not what may come.
They have loud music, hope every day renewed
And heartier loves; that lamp is from the tomb....Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...un cold.
To see the children's faces, blackened, that were trampled to death,
And their parents lamenting o'er them with bated breath. 

Oh! it was most lamentable for to hear
The cries of the mothers for their children dear;
And many mothers swooned in grief away
At the sight of their dead children in grim array. 

There was a parent took home a boy by mistake,
And after arriving there his heart was like to break
When it was found to be the body of a neighbour's ...Read More

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