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Tenth Litany - Gloria In Excelsis Tenth Litany - Gloria In Excelsis

Tenth Litany - Gloria In Excelsis
i. O Love! O Lustre of the sunlit earth That knows thy step and revels in the worth Of thy much beauty! Is't thy will anew, Famed as thou art, to marvel that I sue With such persistence, and in such unrest Amid the frenzies of my passion-quest? Wilt look ungently, and without a tear, On all the pangs I bear at thy behest? ii. Morning and eve I cease not, when I kneel To my Redeemer for my spirit's weal And for my body's,--as becomes a man,-- Morning and eve I cease not in the span Of all my days, O thou Unconquer'd One! To pray for thee, and... Poems - Post by : dburdon - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 3464

Ninth Litany - Lilium Inter Spinas Ninth Litany - Lilium Inter Spinas

Ninth Litany - Lilium Inter Spinas
i. Dearest and best of maidens, whom the Fates have dower'd with beauty, whom the glory-gates Have shown so splendid in my waking sight, Is't well, thou syren! thus to haunt the night And grant no mercy, none from week to week All through the year? Is't well my soul to seek And shun my body? Is't throughout ordain'd That thou shouldst spurn a love so tender-meek? ii. It is my joy to serve thee, 'tis my pride To own my follies, though anew denied The chance of wisdom, and for this, who knows? I shall be counted, ere the season's close, A time-perverter. Yes! I shall be shamed, And... Poems - Post by : Rickyz113 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 2876

Eighth Litany - Domina Exaudi Eighth Litany - Domina Exaudi

Eighth Litany - Domina Exaudi
i. It seems a year, and more, since last we met, Since roseate spring repaid, in part, its debt To thy bright eyes, and o'er the lowlands fair Made daffodils so like thy golden hair That I, poor wretch, have kiss'd them on my knees! Forget-Me-Nots peep out beneath the trees So like thine eyes that I have question'd them, And thought thee near, though viewless on the breeze. ii. It seems a year; and yet, when all is told, 'Tis but a week since I was re-enroll'd Among thy friends. How fairy-like the scene! How gay with lamps! How fraught with tender sheen Of life and languor! I... Poems - Post by : Surfcaster - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 2338

Seventh Litany - Stella Matutina Seventh Litany - Stella Matutina

Seventh Litany - Stella Matutina
i. Arise, fair Phoebus! and with looks serene Survey the world which late the orbèd Queen Did pave with pearl to please enamour'd swains. Arise! Arise! The Dark is bound in chains, And thou'rt immortal, and thy throne is here To sway the seasons, and to make it clear How much we need thee, O thou silent god! That art the crown'd controller of the year. ii. And while the breezes re-construct for thee The shimmering clouds; and while, from lea to lea, The great earth reddens with a maid's delight, Behold! I bring to thee, as yesternight, My subject song. Do thou protect apace My peerless one, my Peri... Poems - Post by : allison0224 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 2128

Sixth Litany - Benedicta Tu Sixth Litany - Benedicta Tu

Sixth Litany - Benedicta Tu
i. I tell thee Sweet! there lives not on the earth A love like mine in all the height and girth And all the vast completion of the sphere. I should be proud, to-day, to shed a tear If I could weep. But tears are most denied When most besought; and joys are sanctified By joys' undoing in this world of ours From dusk to dawn and dawn to eventide. ii. Wert thou a marble maid and I endow'd With power to move thee from thy seeming shroud Of frozen splendour,--all thy whiteness mine And all the glamour, all the tender shine Of thy glad eyes,--ah God! if this... Poems - Post by : trueblue - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 906

Fifth Litany - Salve Regina Fifth Litany - Salve Regina

Fifth Litany - Salve Regina
i. Glory to thee, my Queen! whom far away My thoughts aspire to,--as the birds of May Aspire o' mornings,--as in lonely nooks The gurgling murmurs of neglected brooks Aspire to moonlight,--aye! as earth aspires When through the East, alert with wild desires, The rapturous sun surveys the welkin's height, And flecks the world with witcheries of his fires. ii. Oh, I should curb my grief. I should entone No plaint to thee; no loss should I bemoan! I should be patient, I, though full of care, And not attempt, by bias of a prayer, To sway thy spirit, or to urge anew A claim contested. For my days are... Poems - Post by : artie2004 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 2234

Fourth Litany - Gratia Plena Fourth Litany - Gratia Plena

Fourth Litany - Gratia Plena
i. Oh, smile on me, thou syren of my soul! That I may curb my thoughts to some control And not offend thee, as in truth I do, Morning, and noon and night, when I pursue My vagrant fancies, unallow'd of thee, But fraught with such consolement unto me As may be felt in homeward-sailing ships When wind and wave contend upon the sea. ii. Dower me with patience and imbue me still With some reminder, when the night is chill, Of thy dear presence, as, in winter-time, The maiden moon, that tenderly doth climb The lofty heavens, hath yet a beam to spare For doleful wretches in their dungeon-lair;... Poems - Post by : soram - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 3106

Third Litany - Ad Te Clamavi Third Litany - Ad Te Clamavi

Third Litany - Ad Te Clamavi
i. Again, O Love! again I make lament, And, Arab-like, I pitch my summer-tent Outside the gateways of the Lord of Song. I weep and wait, contented all day long To be the proud possessor of a grief. It comforts me. It gives me more relief Than pleasures give; and, spirit-like in air, It re-invokes the peace that was so brief. ii. It speaks of thee. It keeps me from the lake Which else might tempt me; and for thy sweet sake I shun all evil. I am calmer now Than when I wooed thee, calmer than the vow Which made me thine, and yet so fond withal I start... Poems - Post by : imdreams - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 3335

Second Litany - Vox Amoris Second Litany - Vox Amoris

Second Litany - Vox Amoris
Vox Amorís.(1) i. Vouchsafe, my Lady! by the passion-flower, And by the glamour of a moonlit hour, And by the cries and sighs of all the birds That sing o'nights, to heed again the words Of my poor pleading! For I swear to thee My love is deeper than the bounding sea, And more conclusive than a wedding-bell, And freer-voiced than winds upon the lea. (Footnote 1: This Litany was introduced in the Author's "Gladys the Singer," published by Messrs. Reeves & Turner, London, 1887.) ii. In all the world, from east unto the west, There is no vantage-ground, and little rest, And no content for me from dawn... Poems - Post by : niajahi - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 1443

First Litany - Virgo Dulcis First Litany - Virgo Dulcis

First Litany - Virgo Dulcis
i. O thou refulgent essence of all grace! O thou that with the witchery of thy face Hast made of me thy servant unto death, I pray thee pause, ere, musical of breath, And rapt of utterance, thou condemn indeed My venturous wooing, and the wanton speed With which I greet thee, dear and tender soul! From out the fullness of my passion-creed. ii. I am so truly thine that nevermore Shall man be found, this side the Stygian shore, So meek as I, so patient under blame, And yet, withal, so minded to proclaim His life-long ardour. For my theme is just: A heart enslaved, a smile, a broken... Poems - Post by : ebempires - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 2488

The Song Of The Flag The Song Of The Flag

The Song Of The Flag
I. Up with the country's flag! And let the winds caress it, fold on fold,-- A stainless flag, and glorious to behold! It is our honour's pledge; It is the token of a truth sublime, A thing to die for, and to wonder at, When, on the shuddering edge Of some great storm, it waves its woven joy, Which no man shall destroy, In shine or shower, in peace or battle-time.... Poems - Post by : cwestern - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 2880

I Miei Saluti I Miei Saluti

I Miei Saluti
I. Ti saluto, Margherita Fior di vita, ... ti saluto! Sei la speme del mattino, Sei la gioja del giardino. II. Ti saluto, Rosignolo Nel tuo duolo, ... ti saluto! Sei l' amante della rosa Che morendo si fa sposa. III. Ti saluto, Sol di Maggio... Poems - Post by : poisedman - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 1196

Il Ponte D'aviglio Il Ponte D'aviglio

Il Ponte D'aviglio
I. O mesto bambino col capo chinato, Rispondi; rispondi. Che fece Renato? Fu vinto Morello? Fu salvo Lindoro? Rispondi; rispondi!--Son padre di loro. II. Non veggo tornare dal Ponte d'Aviglio Renato superbo del vinto periglio. L' han forse promosso? Risorge la guerra? Rispondi; rispondi!--L' han messo sotterra. III. O ciel! tu lo senti, tu vedi l'oltraggio; Renato fu prence del nostro villaggio! ... Ma... Poems - Post by : RenFromPenn - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 1978

La Zingarella La Zingarella

La Zingarella
I. Dimmi, dimmi, o trovatore, Tu che canti sul lïuto, Bello e bruno e pien d'amore Dalla valle in su venuto, Non ti fermi sull' altura Per mostrar la tua bravura? Non mi canti sul burrone Qualche lieta tua canzone? II. --Zingarella, in sulla sera... Poems - Post by : snuff30 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 2741

A Choral Ode To Liberty A Choral Ode To Liberty

A Choral Ode To Liberty
I. O sunlike Liberty, with eyes of flame, Mother and maid, immortal, man's delight! Fairest and first art thou in name and fame And none shall rob thee of thy vested right. Where is the man, though fifty times a king, Shall stay the tide, or countermand the spring? And where is he, though fifty times a knave, Shall track thy steps to cast thee in a grave? II. Old as... Poems - Post by : walter1970 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 3305

A Veteran Poet A Veteran Poet

A Veteran Poet
I knew thee first as one may know the fame Of some apostle, as a man may know The mid-day sun far-shining o'er the snow. I hail'd thee prince of poets! I became Vassal of thine, and warm'd me at the flame Of thy pure thought, my spirit all aglow With dreams of peace, and pomp, and lyric show, And all the splendours, Master! of thy name. But now,... Poems - Post by : eddiem - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 1488

A Prayer For England A Prayer For England

A Prayer For England
Ah, fair Lord God of Heaven, to whom we call,-- By whom we live,--on whom our hopes are built,-- Do Thou, from year to year, e'en as Thou wilt, Control the Realm, but suffer not to fall Its ancient faith, its grandeur, and its thrall! Do Thou preserve it, in the hours of guilt, When foemen thirst for blood that should be spilt, And keep it strong when traitors would appal.... Poems - Post by : indigo24 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 2656

Token Flowers Token Flowers

Token Flowers
Oh, not the daisy, for the love of God! Take not the daisy; let it bloom apace Untouch'd alike by splendour or disgrace Of party feud. Its stem is not a rod; And no one fears, or hates it, on the sod. It laughs, exultant, in the Morning's face, And everywhere doth fill a lowly place, Though fraught with favours for the darkest clod. 'Tis said the primrose is... Poems - Post by : chrisball - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 537

The Sonnet King The Sonnet King

The Sonnet King
O Petrarch! I am here. I bow to thee, Great king of sonnets, thronèd long ago And lover-like, as Love enjoineth me, And miser-like, enamoured of my woe, I reckon up my teardrops as they flow. I would not lose the power to shed a tear For all the wealth of Plutus and his reign. I would not be so base as not complain When she I... Poems - Post by : kiswd - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 2307

Philomel Philomel

Philomel
Lo, as a minstrel at the court of Love, The nightingale, who knows his mate is nigh, Thrills into rapture; and the stars above Look down, affrighted, as they would reply. There is contagion, and I know not why, In all this clamour, all this fierce delight, As if the sunset, when the day did swoon, Had drawn some wild confession from the moon. Have wrongs been... Poems - Post by : Joyce - Date : November 2011 - Author : Eric Mackay - Read : 1393