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Poem by Louise Imogen Guiney


Saint Peter-ad-Vincula


Too well I know, pacing the place of awe,
Three queens, young save in trouble, moulder by;
More in his halo, Monmouths mocking eye,
The eagle Essex in a harpys claw;
Seymour and Dudley, and stout heads that saw
Sundown of Scotland: how with treasons lie
White martyrdoms; rank in a company
Breaker and builder of the eternal law.
Oft as I come, the bitter garden-row
Of ruined roses hanging from the stem,
Where winds of old defeat yet batter them,
Infects me: suddenly must I depart,
Ere thought of mens injustice then, and now,
Add to these aisles one other broken heart.



Louise Imogen Guiney


Louise Imogen Guiney's other poems:
  1. Ad Antiquarium
  2. Emily Brontë
  3. A Friends Song for Simoisius
  4. On the Same (continued)
  5. Martyrs Memorial


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