Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE TEMPLE, by SAROJINI NAIDU



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First Line: Awake, it is love's radiant hour of praise!
Last Line: For love's burnt-offering!
Subject(s): Hearts; Love


PRIEST

AWAKE, it is Love's radiant hour of praise!
Bring new-blown leaves his temple to adorn,
Pomegranate-buds and ripe sirisha-sprays,
Wet sheaves of shining corn.

PILGRIM

O priest! only my broken lute I bring
For Love's praise-offering!

PRIEST

Behold! the hour of sacrifice draws near.
Pile high the gleaming altar-stones of Love
With delicate burdens of slain woodland deer
And frail white mountain dove.

PILGRIM

O priest! only my wounded heart I bring
For Love's blood-offering!

PRIEST

Lo! now it strikes Love's solemn hour of prayer,
Kindle with fragrant boughs his blazing shrine,
Feed the sweet flame with spice and incense rare
Curds of rose-pastured kine.

PILGRIM

O priest! only my stricken soul I bring
For Love's burnt-offering!





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