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Joyce Kilmer - Multiplication

(For S. M. E.)

I take my leave, with sorrow, of Him I love so well;
I look my last upon His small and radiant prison-cell;
O happy lamp! to serve Him with never ceasing light!
O happy flame! to tremble forever in His sight!
I leave the holy quiet for the loudly human train,
And my heart that He has breathed upon is filled with lonely pain.
O King, O Friend, O Lover!  What sorer grief can be
In all the reddest depths of Hell than banishment from Thee?
But from my window as I speed across the sleeping land
I see the towns and villages wherein His houses stand.
Above the roofs I see a cross outlined against the night,
And I know that there my Lover dwells in His sacramental might.
Dominions kneel before Him, and Powers kiss His feet,
Yet for me He keeps His weary watch in the turmoil of the street:
The King of Kings awaits me, wherever I may go,
O who am I that He should deign to love and serve me so?

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Poet: Joyce Kilmer
Poem: 17. Multiplication
Volume: Main Street and Other Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1917

Comment 2 of 2, added on June 2nd, 2013 at 11:01 AM.
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Nice photos of beuutifal grand trees. It is a shame that at the moment lots of big old trees must be cut down in our town, because they are ill.Thanks for the description of how to get to Piet Oudolf. I would very much like to visit some gardens in the Netherlands and I hope we will have time for this this year!Thanks for the link to my blog on your page. I now did the same, because I love to come back often!Dag en groetjes uit Duitsland, Monika

Joana from Somalia
Comment 1 of 2, added on April 2nd, 2008 at 9:13 PM.

ca poeme est tres, tres, bien!!!! j'aime beaucoup!!!!

Carly from France

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