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Poem by Amy Levy


A Prayer


Since that I may not have
Love on this side the grave,
Let me imagine Love.
Since not mine is the bliss
Of claspt hands and lips that kiss,
Let me in dreams it prove.
What tho as the years roll
No soul shall melt to my soul,
Let me conceive such thing;
Tho never shall entwine
Loving arms around mine
Let dreams caresses bring.
To live--it is my doom--
Lonely as in a tomb,
This cross on me was laid;
My God, I know not why;
Here in the dark I lie,
Lonely, yet not afraid.
It has seemed good to Thee
Still to withhold the key
Which opes the way to men;
I am shut in alone,
I make not any moan,
Thy ways are past my ken.
Yet grant me this, to find
The sweetness in my mind
Which I must still forego;
Great God which art above,
Grant me to image Love,--
The bliss without the woe.



Amy Levy


Amy Levy's other poems:
  1. On the Wye in May
  2. In the Nower
  3. A Wall Flower
  4. Ballade of a Special Edition
  5. The Old Poet


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")
  • James Joyce A Prayer ("Again!") Paris, 1924
  • Edward Sill A Prayer ("O GOD, our Father, if we had but truth!")
  • Claude McKay A Prayer ("Mid the discordant noises of the day I hear thee calling")
  • John Stagg A Prayer ("Hail, mighty Father! God of all!")

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