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Father Ryan's Poems (82)

2006-09-08 16:13

    Death of the Flower

    I love my mother, the wildwood, I sleep upon her breast; A day or two of childhood, And then I sink to rest.

    I had once a lovely sister —— She was cradled by my side; But one Summer day I missed her —— She had gone to deck a bride.

    And I had another sister, With cheeks all bright with bloom; And another morn I missed her —— She had gone to wreathe a tomb.

    And they told me they had withered, On the bride's brow and the grave; Half an hour, and all their fragrance Died away, which heaven gave.

    Two sweet-faced girls came walking Thro' my lonely home one day, And I overheard them talking Of an altar on their way.

    They were culling flowers around me, And I said a little prayer To go with them —— and they found me —— And upon an altar fair,

    Where the Eucharist was lying On its mystical death-bed, I felt myself a-dying, While the Mass was being said.

    But I lived a little longer, And I prayed there all the day, Till the evening Benediction, When my poor life passed away.

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