Liza Jones

Sonnet For St Dwynwen - Poem by Liza Jones

O Eternal Heaven, Dwynwen possesseth thee

In loves woven embraces: Holy sought graces;

Upon the lilies she presseth: a seraph of sanctuary,

Thy heart captured: a lyre, attuned beats, rapturous reverences

Lovers wooed: spousal slumbers, to hymeneal chambers,

Whither the well, kin come, sub rosa, covenanted

with amorous dews, that issue forth: the cup runneth over,

Whence wishes on blushing vestals are granted;

Anointing mortals with immortal lovers …forever:

Spiritual impressments for impoverished souls,

Washed in rose-water,

Supping from her sacred kissing bowls.

Holy arrows doth, in the regions of the blessed, whirr;

The Welsh Martyrs dart, sets heart astir!

Poet's Notes about The Poem

St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, celebrated on the 25th January which makes her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine. Dwynwen lived during the 5th century

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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