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FIRST CYCLE OF LOVE POEMS: 1, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: This morning take a holiday from unhappiness because
Last Line: The rock for the resurrection, and much love.
Subject(s): God


This morning take a holiday from unhappiness because
It is the greatest day there ever was
When he stepped down out of the nuptial arch
With the cross in his face and he shall search
For ever for the wreath and not even at his death
Really regret this day that gave him birth.

O history be kind and Time be short to him
Where his is anonymous and let him come to no harm
From the hammer of the diurnal, or the drum,
The sweatbox and the wheel where the dog's dream
Turns and is interminable. O be near always
You whom from far I shall not the less praise!

Let the gentle solstice, like the Fierral Bay
Where the Eleven Thousand Virgins keep
The fishes quiet in their arms, keep him asleep
All his life long in a long summer's day:
With the empty hourglass, the four-leafed clover,
The rock for the resurrection, and much love.




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