Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell

(7 September 1887 - 9 December 1964 / Scarborough, Yorkshire)

Still Falls The Rain - Poem by Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell

Still falls the Rain---
Dark as the world of man, black as our loss---
Blind as the nineteen hundred and forty nails
Upon the Cross.

Still falls the Rain
With a sound like the pulse of the heart that is changed to the hammer-beat
In the Potter's Field, and the sound of the impious feet

On the Tomb:
Still falls the Rain

In the Field of Blood where the small hopes breed and the human brain
Nurtures its greed, that worm with the brow of Cain.

Still falls the Rain
At the feet of the Starved Man hung upon the Cross.
Christ that each day, each night, nails there, have mercy on us---
On Dives and on Lazarus:
Under the Rain the sore and the gold are as one.

Still falls the Rain---
Still falls the Blood from the Starved Man's wounded Side:
He bears in His Heart all wounds,---those of the light that died,
The last faint spark
In the self-murdered heart, the wounds of the sad uncomprehending dark,
The wounds of the baited bear---
The blind and weeping bear whom the keepers beat
On his helpless flesh... the tears of the hunted hare.

Still falls the Rain---
Then--- O Ile leape up to my God: who pulles me doune---
See, see where Christ's blood streames in the firmament:
It flows from the Brow we nailed upon the tree

Deep to the dying, to the thirsting heart
That holds the fires of the world,---dark-smirched with pain
As Caesar's laurel crown.

Then sounds the voice of One who like the heart of man
Was once a child who among beasts has lain---
"Still do I love, still shed my innocent light, my Blood, for thee."


Comments about Still Falls The Rain by Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell

  • Tapan M. Saren (3/21/2016 11:18:00 AM)


    This poem is just wonderful.. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/2/2014 8:01:00 PM)


    .............a wonderful poem.....so nicely it flows like the rain.....nicely written... (Report) Reply

  • (7/12/2009 6:05:00 AM)


    Yes, it's a great setting, by one of the masters of setting English poetry to music. Check out his other canticles too... as well as the settings in the Spring Symphony and Les Illminations (Report) Reply

  • (12/1/2004 1:57:00 PM)


    there is an excellent setting of this poem to music by Benjamin Britten, I highly recommend it. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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