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Poem by George Darley


Dirge


Prayer unsaid, and mass unsung, Deadman's dirge must still be rung:
Dingle-dong, the dead-bells sound! Mermen chant his dirge around!

Wash him bloodless, smooth him fair, Stretch his limbs, and sleek his hair
Dingle-dong, the dead-bells go! Mermen swing them to and fro!

In the wormless sand shall he Feast for no foul glutton be:
Dingle-dong, the dead-bells chime! Mermen keep the tone and time!

We must with a tombstone brave Shut the shark out from his grave
Dingle-dong, the dead-bells toll! Mermen dirgers ring his knoll!

Such a slab will we lay o'er him All the dead shall rise before him!
Dingle-dong, the dead-bells boom! Mermen lay him in his tomb! 



George Darley


George Darley's other poems:
  1. On the Death of a Recluse
  2. The Anonymous Poet
  3. To Helene
  4. The Moon and Sea
  5. Love's Likeness


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Shakespeare Dirge ("Come away, come away, death")
  • Thomas Beddoes Dirge ("We do lie beneath the grass")
  • Felicia Hemans Dirge ("CALM on the bosom of thy God")
  • Adelaide Crapsey Dirge ("NEVER the nightingale")
  • Edna Millay Dirge ("Boys and girls that held her dear")

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