Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE CHURCH PORCH, by KATHARINE TYNAN



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THE CHURCH PORCH, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The sparrows underneath thine eaves
Last Line: One little pipe for thy delight.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hinkson, Katharine Tynan
Subject(s): Churches; God; Humility; Prayer; Sparrows; Cathedrals


THE sparrows underneath Thine eaves
Flutter and chatter, making merry
As in the cool shade of dark leaves.

Thy still House in the dusty town
Is a green wood, a sanctuary
For to come in and to sit down.

Such shade, such ease, deep water-wells;
Just to sit down with Thee like Mary,
And to forget all else, all else!

And yet I dare not draw so nigh,
Though to Thy guests Thou art not chary:
Thine angels, sure, would wonder why!

Give me the lowest place, even theirs,
Thy sooty sparrows, cool and airy,
Chattering Thy name to the blue airs.

Where Thou goest in and out and might
Not find too thin and customary
One little pipe for Thy delight.





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