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Poem by Katharine Tynan


Mater Dei


She looked to east, she looked to west, 
Her eyes, unfathomable, mild, 
That saw both worlds, came home to rest, 
Home to her own sweet child.
Gods golden head was at her breast. 

What need to look oer land and sea? 
What could the winged ships bring to her? 
What gold or gems of price might be, 
Ivory or miniver, 
Since God Himself lay on her knee? 

What could th intense blue heaven keep 
To draw her eyes and thoughts so high? 
All heaven was where her Boy did leap, 
Where her foot quietly 
Went rocking the dear God asleep. 

The angel folk fared up and down 
A Jacobs Ladder hung between 
Her quiet chamber and Gods Town. 
She saw unawed, serene; 
Since God Himself played by her gown.



Katharine Tynan


Katharine Tynan's other poems:
  1. The Truce of God
  2. The Crown
  3. A Colloquy
  4. A Song of Going
  5. Dead - A Prisoner


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