John Bannister Tabb

(1845-1909 / the United States)

Easter Lilies - Poem by John Bannister Tabb

Though long in wintry sleep ye lay,
The powers of darkness could not stay
Your coming at the call of day,
Proclaiming spring.


Nay; like the faithful virgins wise,
With lamps replenished ye arise,
Ere dawn the death-anointed eyes
Of Christ, the king.


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010



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