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On Death

Rating: 2.9
Tell me thou safest End of all our Woe,
Why wreched Mortals do avoid thee so:
Thou gentle drier o'th' afflicteds Tears,
Thou noble ender of the Cowards Fears;
Thou sweet Repose to Lovers sad dispaire,
Thou Calm t'Ambitions rough Tempestuous Care.
If in regard of Bliss thou wert a Curse,
And then the Joys of Paradise art worse;
Yet after Man from his first Station fell,
And God from Eden Adam did expel,
Thou wert no more an Evil, but Relief;
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Mountain Man 31 January 2019
Very good poem there, on death, a remembering of a past tense...
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Dennis Taylor 14 June 2018
I liked the flow of this work, the images created have me thinking, to understand its meaning fully, for me each reading opens a new door. good work.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 25 August 2017
Fly from their Good on a mistaken Fame. Thus Childish fear did Israel of old From Plenty and the Promis'd Land with-hold; They fancy'd Giants, and refus'd to go, When Canaan did with Milk and Honey flow... nice presentation. Interesting pen on death.
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Rajnish Manga 15 June 2017
The poem reveals the positive role played by death but often addressed as ' thou wert a Curse, @@ Tell me thou safest End of all our Woe, Thou wert no more an Evil, but Relief;
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Maas Weerabangsa 20 January 2017
A very well written poem which opens the eyes of mankind.
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Gajanan Mishra 25 September 2014
milk and honey flow, good writing, thanks,
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Terry Craddock 25 September 2014
Too many wonderful images to reference individually unless writing an essay on this brilliant poem. A theme I will use as a metaphor to describe this poem is; if life is a ship, a ship built in a womb, launched on maiden voyage at birth, to grow in travels, rewarded in journeys, unexpected sights, experiences ranging from calm joy to tempest fear; then ultimately if we survive all our experiences with skill in setting the right courses, taking shelter as needed, adjusting expectations to the weather reality we must endure, then death is the eventual safe port at the natural conclusion of our lives, death is a comfort for wasted timber and weary bones if we have faced and achieved our desired life goals. Just a thought. Thus because of the depth and suggested implications of this poem it is a 10+ for me.
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Liliana ~el 25 September 2013
Strong... descriptive
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Manohar Bhatia 25 September 2013
When Satan tempted Adam to bite the apple in the garden of Eden, little did Satan know, Adam's death will be glorified by the future human race. A great poem, in Shakespearian style and I enjoyed reading it in this present time.Ah! Thanks Anne Killigrew, whereever you are up there! Manohar Bhatia.
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Alfred Barna 25 September 2013
Beautiful. Satan in his long desire to be loved, cursed the very salvation of Him aboved. Satan in his tweisted need, garnered, forcing man to bow to him and be honored. He kissed us with death, and we cried; for Satan killed the very love he denied.
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