Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A PRAYER TO DEATH, by RACHEL ANNAND TAYLOR

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A PRAYER TO DEATH, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O god's archangel, tarriest thou so late?
Last Line: Exquisite silences, forgotten rest.
Subject(s): Death; Pain; Prayer; Dead, The; Suffering; Misery

O GOD'S archangel, tarriest thou so late?
Now would we hear the dreamy winnowing,
Now see the dreamy silver of thy wing.
Hark while we pray, life's bondsmen passionate.
—Yon soul with tears and travail satiate,
Softly redeem from long long suffering.
Fierce as this intercession that we bring
His bitter need; and, as thy beauty, great.

O thou who gatherest to thy yearning breast
Young spirits newly wedded with delight,
Lest their bright bridal-blossom spoil and fail,—
Must pity one so prostrate and so pale
With utter pain,—must snatch him to his right,—
Exquisite silences, forgotten rest.

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