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Poem by James Joyce


A Prayer


Again!
Come, give, yield all your strength to me!
From far a low word breathes on the breaking brain
Its cruel calm, submission's misery,
Gentling her awe as to a soul predestined.
Cease, silent love! My doom!

Blind me with your dark nearness, O have mercy, beloved enemy of my will!
I dare not withstand the cold touch that I dread.
Draw from me still
My slow life! Bend deeper on me, threatening head,
Proud by my downfall, remembering, pitying
Him who is, him who was!

Again!
Together, folded by the night, they lay on earth. I hear
From far her low word breathe on my breaking brain.
Come! I yield. Bend deeper upon me! I am here.
Subduer, do not leave me! Only joy, only anguish,
Take me, save me, soothe me, O spare me!

Paris, 1924

James Joyce


James Joyce's other poems:
  1. Chamber Music. 27. Though I Thy Mithridates Were
  2. Chamber Music. 10. Bright Cap and Streamers
  3. Chamber Music. 26. Thou Leanest to the Shell of Night
  4. Chamber Music. 31. O, It Was Out by Donnycarney
  5. Nightpiece


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Dante Rossetti A Prayer ("LADY, in thy proud eyes")
  • Anne Brontë A Prayer ("My God (oh, let me call Thee mine")
  • Paul Dunbar A Prayer ("O Lord, the hard-won miles")
  • Norman Gale A Prayer ("TEND me my birds, and bring again")
  • Amy Levy A Prayer ("Since that I may not have")
  • Edward Sill A Prayer ("O GOD, our Father, if we had but truth!")
  • Claude McKay A Prayer ("ТMid the discordant noises of the day I hear thee calling")
  • John Stagg A Prayer ("Hail, mighty Father! God of all!")

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