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Poem by Louise Imogen Guiney

The Vigil-at-Arms

KEEP holy watch with silence, prayer, and fasting
Till morning break, and all the bugles play;
Unto the One aware from everlasting
Dear are the winners: thou art more than they.

Forth from this peace on manhoodТs way thou goest,
Flushed with resolve, and radiant in mail;
Blessing supreme for men unborn thou sowest,
O knight elect! O soul ordained to fail!

Louise Imogen Guiney

Louise Imogen Guiney's other poems:
  1. Sunday Chimes in the City
  2. The Old Dial of Corpus
  3. Saint Peter-ad-Vincula
  4. A Madonna of Domenico Ghirlandajo
  5. Florentin

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