poet William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

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In Due Observance Of An Ancient Rite

IN due observance of an ancient rite,
The rude Biscayans, when their children lie
Dead in the sinless time of infancy,
Attire the peaceful corse in vestments white;
And, in like sign of cloudless triumph bright,
They bind the unoffending creature's brows
With happy garlands of the pure white rose:
Then do a festal company unite
In choral song; and, while the uplifted cross
Of Jesus goes before, the child is borne
Uncovered to his grave: 'tis closed,--her loss
The Mother 'then' mourns, as she needs must mourn;
But soon, through Christian faith, is grief subdued;
And joy returns, to brighten fortitude.

Poem Submitted: Monday, April 5, 2010

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  • Gangadharan nair pulingat (3/17/2020 1:58:00 AM)

    Every sorrow slowly forgets in human tradition and the mind wanders and finds the joy slowly. great poem.

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  • Konab GhummanKonab Ghumman (8/3/2019 4:50:00 PM)

    I love this poem feel like reading again................

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  • hateman3 (5/23/2018 4:18:00 AM)

    I agree with hate man

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (9/21/2017 9:56:00 AM)

    And joy returns, to brighten fortitude
    Beautifully written, thanks poet.

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  • * Sunprincess * (4/23/2016 3:42:00 PM)

    .............very nicely penned, so sad though when a child passes away

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