Abram Joseph Ryan
Abram Joseph Ryan Poems
- A Child's Wish Before an Altar I wish I were the little ...
- A Laugh -- And A Moan The brook that down the valley So ...
- Old Trees Old trees, old trees! in your mystic gloom There's...
- The Sword Of Robert Lee Forth from its scabbard, pure and ...
- Better Than Gold Better than grandeur, better than ...
- A Flower's Song Star! Star, why dost thou shine Each night ...
- The Conquered Banner Furl that Banner, for 'tis weary; Round...
Abram Joseph Ryan (February 5, 1838 - April 22, 1886), OSFS, was an American poet, an active proponent of the Confederate States of America, and a Roman Catholic priest. He has been called the "Poet-Priest of the South," and less frequently, the "Poet Laureate of the Confederacy."
Ryan was born on February 5, 1838 in Hagerstown, Maryland, to Irish immigrants Matthew ... more »
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A Child's Wish
Before an Altar
I wish I were the little key
That locks Love's Captive in,
And lets Him out to go and free
A sinful heart from sin.
I wish I were the little bell
That tinkles for the Host,
When God comes down each day to dwell
With hearts He loves the most.
I wish I were the chalice fair,
That holds the Blood of Love,
When every flash lights holy prayer
Upon its way above.
I wish I were the little flower
So near the Host's sweet face,
Or like the light that half an hour
Burns on the shrine of grace.
I wish I were the altar ...