Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SAINT'S GOLD, by JOHN BUNKER

Poetry Explorer

Classic and Contemporary Poetry

SAINT'S GOLD, by                
First Line: Whoso is faithful warden of desire
Last Line: In man's own breast he bears his heaven or hell.
Subject(s): Saints

Whoso is faithful warden of desire,
And o'er his bosom wields control complete,
Hath deep within his soul a bower meet
For shadowy ease and chaunt of woodland quire;
Nay, 'tis a sacred region walled with fire,
A sanctuary pure, a calm retreat
Of healing thoughts and claustral silence sweet
Whence all the ills o' the seeming world retire.
But if he should his wild desires unpen
Upon this precious plot and it despoil,
The snake Remorse about his heart shall coil
And this fair garth become a viperous den;
For this is truth, if any truth's to tell,
In man's own breast he bears his Heaven or Hell.

Discover our poem explanations - click here!

Other Poems of Interest...

Home: PoetryExplorer.net