Sidney Lanier

(1842-1881 / Macon / Georgia)

A Sunrise Song. - Poem by Sidney Lanier

Young palmer sun, that to these shining sands
Pourest thy pilgrim's tale, discoursing still
Thy silver passages of sacred lands,
With news of Sepulchre and Dolorous Hill,

Canst thou be he that, yester-sunset warm,
Purple with Paynim rage and wrack desire,
Dashed ravening out of a dusty lair of Storm,
Harried the west, and set the world on fire?

Hast thou perchance repented, Saracen Sun?
Wilt warm the world with peace and dove-desire?
Or wilt thou, ere this very day be done,
Blaze Saladin still, with unforgiving fire?


Comments about A Sunrise Song. by Sidney Lanier

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (3/17/2018 8:37:00 PM)

    Wilt warm the world with peace and dove-desire?
    Beautiful poem shared.
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  • Susan Williams (3/17/2018 3:04:00 PM)

    I think the more poems from his age I read the more comfortable I am with this style of writing- -he is certainly a poet with massive poetic skills (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (3/17/2018 2:18:00 AM)

    Hast thou perchance repented, Saracen Sun?
    Wilt warm the world with peace and dove-desire? fine and very meaningful word combinations adds beauty to the poem.... thank u dear poet.. tony
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/26/2017 10:14:00 PM)

    Shining sands! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (9/26/2017 9:41:00 PM)

    A Sunrise Song- Sweet and dazzling like the rays of a morning sun. Thanks. (Report)Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (9/26/2017 12:58:00 PM)

    A sunrise song shines bright! (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (9/26/2017 12:45:00 PM)

    Such a great poem posted here... Still alive like a sunrise... (Report)Reply

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  • Lopamudra Kajolika (9/26/2017 11:42:00 AM)

    A nicely penned poem, thanks for the lovely poem shared.
    10 for it.
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/26/2017 5:21:00 AM)

    Great write. Congratulations for being selected as the poem of the day. (Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/26/2017 4:52:00 AM)

    Purple with Paynim rage and wrack desire,
    Dashed ravening out of a dusty lair of Storm,
    Harried the west, and set the world on fire?
    Nicely penned poem.
    Thanks.
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  • Sasmita Rani Nayak (9/26/2017 1:21:00 AM)

    Thy silver passages of sacred lands,
    With news of Sepulchre and Dolorous Hill,

    Beautiful lines of the poem.
    Thanks poet.
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  • Sanghamitra Nayak (9/26/2017 12:16:00 AM)

    Wilt warm the world with peace and dove-desire?
    Great poem, thanks for sharing.
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  • Naida Nepascua Supnet (10/11/2014 8:16:00 PM)

    oh..wow.. sun can do wonders
    for it could make one create wonderful poem
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  • (10/11/2014 9:03:00 AM)

    A sun rise song. Sun the source of energy that passes to the earth and the existence of earth depends upon the sunrays and a beautiful poem to read with. (Report)Reply

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  • Kevin Straw (10/11/2012 11:53:00 AM)

    What a sloppy first verse! A pilgrim traveled to a certain place, the palmer visited everywhere. So the sun must be a pilgrim except that the sun has no certain place to go except round and round in the sky! And it certainly cannot be both! And how the sun can discourse is a mystery. The sun shines and that’s it. This is a meaningless metaphor. What in the activity or appearance of the sun can give the writer leave to have it tell a religious story? (Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T A (10/11/2011 3:35:00 AM)

    Sun is the power of heat! What mercy can be expected from it? Atmosphere filters Sun's rays and saves Earth long! It is in man's hand to make or mar what the poet desires by this simple poem! (Report)Reply

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  • Abnish Singh Chauahan (4/23/2010 5:25:00 AM)

    Beautiful use of symbol- the sun; a symbol of awakening, a symbol ob joy and hope, a symbol of courage and so on: so is the message of tyhis poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/12/2009 12:45:00 AM)

    thats nice :) i like dis one (Report)Reply

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  • (10/11/2009 1:16:00 AM)

    Definition of 'palmer' from Merriam-Webster's online dictionary:

    Date: 13th century
    : a person wearing two crossed palm leaves as a sign of a pilgrimage made to the Holy Land

    Definition of “painim” (aka 'paynim') from Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary:

    A pagan; an infidel
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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