Classic and Contemporary Poetry
ROSAMOND C. BAILEY, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou brave, good woman! Loved
Last Line: Of the old church, with mute prayers and amens.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Churches; Prayer; Singing & Singers; Cathedrals
THOU brave, good woman! Loved of every one;
Not only that in singing thou didst fill
Our thirsty hearts with sweetness, trill on trill,
Even as a wild bird singing in the sun --
Not only that in all thy carols none
But held some tincturing of tears to thrill
Our gentler natures, and to quicken still
Our human sympathies; but thou hast won
Our equal love and reverence because
That thou wast ever mindful of the poor,
And thou wast ever faithful to thy friends.
So, loving all, serving all, thy best applause
Thy requiem -- the vast throng at the door
Of the old church, with mute prayers and amens.
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