Frederick George Scott

COLLECTED POEMS


 

Death As Priest



There lived two souls who only lived for love;
    The one a maiden, full of joy and youth,
    The other her young lord, a man of truth
And very valiant. Them did God above
Knit with those holy bands none may remove
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    Save He who formed them. But next year there came
    God’s angel, with his face and wings of flame,
And bore the young wife’s soul off like a dove.

Then did her lord, disconsolate many years,
    Cry bitterly to God to make them one,

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        And take his life, and silence the sweet past.
So Death came tenderly and stilled his tears,
    Clad as a priest, and ’neath the winter’s sun
        In a white grave re-wedded them at last. [Page 139]