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Poem by Katharine Tynan

Unhousel'd, Unanointed, Unanel'd

When these men must go alone
Sans an absolution,
When their sins are heavy as lead,
Thou Thyself will lift the head ;
Thou, High Priest, wilt whisper low,
Te Absolvo! ere they go.

When there is no sacrifice,
Bread and Wine for Thy disguise,
Come Thou in the Spirit then;
As at Agincourt our men
With desire a blade of grass
Served as Eucharist and Mass.

Lay Thyself the oil on lips,
Limbs and eyes, before the eclipse--
As once Magdalen did to Thee--
And so speed them, safe and free,
To lie down with Thee a while
And to waken to Thy smile.

They shall sit down at the Feast
Where Thou are Sacrament and Priest.

Katharine Tynan

Katharine Tynan's other poems:
  1. Any Mother
  2. A Song of Going
  3. The Vestal
  4. Dead - A Prisoner
  5. The Sad Spring

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