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STILL FALLS THE RAIN; THE RAIDS, 1940. NIGHT AND DAWN, by         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Still falls the rain - / dark as the world of man, black as our loss
Last Line: "still do I love, still shed my innocent light, my blood, for thee."
Subject(s): Air Raids; Air Warfare; Crucifixion; Religion; World War Ii; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion; Theology; Second World War


Still falls the Rain --
Dark as the world of man, black as our loss --
Blind as the nineteen hundred and forty nails
Upon the Cross.

Still falls the Rain
With a sound like the pulse of the heart that is changed to the
hammer-beat
In the Potter's Field, and the sound of the impious feet

On the Tomb:
Still falls the Rain
In the Field of Blood where the small hopes breed and the human
brain
Nurtures its greed, that worm with the brow of Cain.

Still falls the Rain
At the feet of the Starved Man hung upon the Cross.
Christ that each day, each night, nails there, have mercy on us --
On Dives and on Lazurus:
Under the Rain the sore and the gold are as one.

Still falls the Rain --
Still falls the Blood from the Starved Man's wounded Side:
He bears in His Heart all wounds, -- those of the light that died,
The last faint spark
In the self-murdered heart, the wounds of the sad uncomprehend-
ing dark
The wounds of the baited bear --
The blind and weeping bear whom the keepers beat
On his helpless flesh . . . the tears of the hunted hare.

Still falls the Rain --
Then -- O Ile leape up to my God: who pulles me doune --
See, see where Christ's blood streames in the firmament:
It flows from the Brow we nailed upon the tree

Deep to the dying, to the thirsting heart
That holds the fires of the world, -- dark-smirched with pain
As Caesar's laurel crown.

Then sounds the voice of One who like the heart of man
Was once a child who among beasts has lain --
"Still do I love, still shed my innocent light, my Blood, for thee."




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