Posts Tagged ‘angels’

O world invisible, we view thee,
O world intangible, we touch thee,
O world unknowable, we know thee,
Inapprehensible, we clutch thee. 

Does the fish soar to find the ocean,
The eagle plunge to find the air –
That we ask of the stars in motion
If they have rumour of thee there? 

Not where the wheeling systems darken,
And our benumbed conceiving soars! –
The drift of pinions, would we harken,
Beats at our own clay-shuttered doors. 

The angels keep their ancient places; –
Turn but a stone and start a wing!
‘Tis ye, ’tis your estranged faces,
That miss the many-spendoured thing.

But (when so sad thou canst not sadder)
Cry, – and upon thy so sore loss
Shall shine the traffic of Jacob’s ladder
Pitched betwixt Heaven and Charing Cross, 

You, in the night, my Soul, my daughter,
Cry – clinging Heaven by the hems;
And lo, Christ walking on the water
Not of Gennesareth, but Thames!



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When our baby died –
My Ma she ist cried an’ cried!
Yes ‘n’ my Pa he cried, too –
An’ I cried – An’ me an’ you. –
An’ I ‘tended like my doll
She cried too – An’ ever’ – all –
O ist ever’body cried
When our baby died!

When our baby died –
Nen I got to took a ride!
An’ we all ist rode an’ rode
Clean to Heav’n where baby goed –
Mighty nigh! – An’ nen Ma she
Cried ag’in – an’ Pa – an’ me. –
All but ist the Angels cried
When our baby died!

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