Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, IMMORTALITY, by HELEN LOUISE STAPLEFORD

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IMMORTALITY, by            
First Line: Within the shadows of the church I kneel
Last Line: "to share with him, his immortality."
Subject(s): Jesus Christ

Within the shadows of the church I kneel,
Silent, before the altar rail alone,
And gaze upon the dead Christ carved of stone,
Striving some sense of hope renewed to feel.
My cry, soul worn and desolate, is vain.
This torn bruised body hanging from the tree
It but the end. Death holds no more for me . . .
Life, dreams, -- all end on Calvaries of pain.

But lo! the sunlight falls upon the cross.
The pale Christ speaks, "Nay, not in death seek peace,
Look to those souls who mount to Calvary
In life -- and crucified, earth's gold turned dross,
Attain that essence of God's soul, nor cease
To share with Him, His Immortality."

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