William Wordsworth

(1770-1850 / Cumberland / England)

In Due Observance Of An Ancient Rite - Poem by William Wordsworth

IN due observance of an ancient rite,
The rude Biscayans, when their children lie
Dead in the sinless time of infancy,
Attire the peaceful corse in vestments white;
And, in like sign of cloudless triumph bright,
They bind the unoffending creature's brows
With happy garlands of the pure white rose:
Then do a festal company unite
In choral song; and, while the uplifted cross
Of Jesus goes before, the child is borne
Uncovered to his grave: 'tis closed,--her loss
The Mother 'then' mourns, as she needs must mourn;
But soon, through Christian faith, is grief subdued;
And joy returns, to brighten fortitude.

Comments about In Due Observance Of An Ancient Rite by William Wordsworth

  • Rogelio Guillermo (10/18/2017 10:41:00 AM)

    There is, indeed, something in Christian faith that gives consolation to a grieving person. (Report) Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/21/2017 9:56:00 AM)

    And joy returns, to brighten fortitude
    Beautifully written, thanks poet.
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  • (4/23/2016 3:42:00 PM)

    .............very nicely penned, so sad though when a child passes away (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 5, 2010

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