Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, RENEWAL, by KATHERINE HARRIS BRADLEY

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First Line: As the young phoenix, duteous to his sire
Last Line: To the enchanting miracles of change.
Alternate Author Name(s): Field, Michael (with Edith Emma Cooper)
Subject(s): Phoenix (mythical Bird); Fortitude

AS the young phœnix, duteous to his sire,
Lifts in his beak the creature he has been,
And, lifting o'er the corse broad vans for screen,
Bears it to solitudes, erects a pyre,
And, soon as it is wasted by the fire,
Grids with disdainful claw the ashes clean;
Then spreading unencumbered wings serene
Mounts to the æther with renewed desire:
So joyously I lift myself above
The life I buried in hot flames to-day.
The flames themselves are dead: and I can range
Alone through the untarnished sky I love,
And I trust myself, as from the grave I may,
To the enchanting miracles of change.

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