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Poem by Louise Imogen Guiney


On First Entering Westminster Abbey


Holy of England! since my light is short
And faint, O rather by the sun anew
Of timeless passion set my dial true,
That with thy saints and thee I may consort;
And wafted in the cool enshadowed port
Of poets, seem a little sail long due,
And be as one the call of memory drew
Unto the saddle void since Agincourt!
Not now for secular loves unquiet lease,
Receive my soul, who, rapt in thee erewhile,
Hath broken tryst with transitory things;
But seal with her a marriage and a peace
Eternal, on thine Edwards altar-isle,
Above the stormless sea of ended kings.



Louise Imogen Guiney

Poem Themes: Westminster, Abbeys

Louise Imogen Guiney's other poems:
  1. The Graham Tartan to a Graham
  2. A Last Word on Shelley
  3. Writ in my Lord Clarendons History of the Rebellion
  4. Changes in the Temple
  5. In a Ruin, after a Thunderstorm


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