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Abram Joseph Ryan (Абрам Джозеф Райан)


Life


A baby played with the surplice sleeve
 Of a gentle priest; while in accents low,
The sponsors murmured the grand "I believe,"
 And the priest bade the mystic waters to flow
In the name of the Father, and the Son,
And Holy Spirit -- Three in One.

Spotless as a lily's leaf,
 Whiter than the Christmas snow;
Not a sign of sin or grief,
 And the babe laughed, sweet and low.

A smile flitted over the baby's face:
 Or was it the gleam of its angel's wing
Just passing then, and leaving a trace
 Of its presence as it soared to sing?
A hymn when words and waters win
To grace and life a child of sin.

Not an outward sign or token,
 That a child was saved from woe;
But the bonds of sin were broken,
 And the babe laughed, sweet and low.

A cloud rose up to the mother's eyes,
 And out of the cloud grief's rain fell fast;
Came the baby's smiles, and the mother's sighs,
 Out of the future, or the past?
Ah! gleam and gloom must ever meet,
And gall must mingle with the sweet.

Yea, upon the baby's laughter
 Trickled tears:  'tis ever so --
Mothers dread the dark hereafter;
 But the babe laughed sweet and low.

And the years like waves broke on the shore
 Of the mother's heart, and her baby's life;
But her lone heart drifted away before
 Her little boy knew an hour of strife;
Drifted away on a Summer's eve,
Ere the orphaned child knew how to grieve

Her humble grave was gently made
 Where roses bloomed in Summer's glow;
The wild birds sang where her heart was laid,
 And her boy laughed sweet and low.

He drifted away from his mother's grave,
 Like a fragile flower on a great stream's tide,
Till he heard the moan of the mighty wave,
 That welcomed the stream to the ocean wide.
Out from the shore and over the deep,
He sailed away and learned to weep.

Furrowed grew the face once fair,
 Under storms of human woe;
Silvered grew the dark brown hair,
 And he wailed so sad and low.

The years swept on as erst they swept,
 Bright wavelets once, dark billows now;
Wherever he sailed he ever wept,
 A cloud hung over the darkened brow --
Over the deep and into the dark,
But no one knew where sank his bark.

Wild roses watched his mother's tomb,
 The world still laughed, 'tis ever so --
God only knows the baby's doom,
 That laughed so sweet and low.



Abram Joseph Ryan's other poems:
  1. Sursum Corda
  2. “Out of the Depths”
  3. Reunited
  4. Memories
  5. Song of the Mystic


Poems of another poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Samuel Coleridge (Сэмюэл Кольридж) Life ("As late I journey'd o'er the extensive plain")
  • Charlotte Brontё (Шарлотта Бронте) Life ("LIFE, believe, is not a dream")
  • Abraham Cowley (Абрахам Каули) Life ("Life's a name")
  • Anna Barbauld (Анна-Летиция Барбо) Life ("Life! I Know Not What Thou Art")
  • Bryan Procter (Брайан Проктер) Life ("WE are born; we laugh; we weep")
  • Francis Bacon (Фрэнсис Бэкон) Life ("THE world's a bubble, and the life of man")
  • William Bryant (Уильям Брайант) Life ("Oh Life! I breathe thee in the breeze")
  • Florence Coates (Флоренс Коутс) Life ("Before we knew thee thou wert with us; ay")
  • Paul Dunbar (Пол Данбар) Life ("A crust of bread and a corner to sleep in")
  • James Johnson (Джеймс Джонсон) Life ("Out of the infinite sea of eternity")
  • Henry Van Dyke (Генри Ван Дайк) Life ("LET me but live my life from year to year")
  • Jones Very (Джонс Вери) Life ("IT is not life upon Thy gifts to live")
  • Edith Wharton (Эдит Уортон) Life ("LIFE, like a marble block, is given to all")
  • Mary Robinson (Мэри Робинсон) Life ("”What is this world?­thy school, O misery!")

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