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Prayer Before Birth - Poem by Louis Macneice
I am not yet born; O hear me.
Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the
club-footed ghoul come near me.
I am not yet born, console me.
I fear that the human race may with tall walls wall me,
with strong drugs dope me, with wise lies lure me,
on black racks rack me, in blood-baths roll me.
I am not yet born; provide me
With water to dandle me, grass to grow for me, trees to talk
to me, sky to sing to me, birds and a white light
in the back of my mind to guide me.
I am not yet born; forgive me
For the sins that in me the world shall commit, my words
when they speak me, my thoughts when they think me,
my treason engendered by traitors beyond me,
my life when they murder by means of my
hands, my death when they live me.
I am not yet born; rehearse me
In the parts I must play and the cues I must take when
old men lecture me, bureaucrats hector me, mountains
frown at me, lovers laugh at me, the white
waves call me to folly and the desert calls
me to doom and the beggar refuses
my gift and my children curse me.
I am not yet born; O hear me,
Let not the man who is beast or who thinks he is God
come near me.
I am not yet born; O fill me
With strength against those who would freeze my
humanity, would dragoon me into a lethal automaton,
would make me a cog in a machine, a thing with
one face, a thing, and against all those
who would dissipate my entirety, would
blow me like thistledown hither and
thither or hither and thither
like water held in the
hands would spill me.
Let them not make me a stone and let them not spill me.
Otherwise kill me.
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Poems About Birth
- 1. Prayer Before Birth , Louis Macneice
- 2. The Angel That Presided O'Er My Birth , William Blake
- 3. The Birth Of Love , William Wordsworth
- 4. Birth-Dues , Robinson Jeffers
- 5. Before The Birth Of One Of Her Children , Anne Bradstreet
- 6. A Rose In Birth , s./j. goldner
- 7. Sonnet 91: Some Glory In Their Birth, So.. , William Shakespeare
- 8. On Stella's Birth-Day, 1719 , Jonathan Swift
- 9. Between Birth N Death , indira babbellapati
- 10. Birth And Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
- 11. On The Birth Of His Son , Su Tung-po
- 12. #(Buddha) 01 The Birth Of Gautama Bud.. , Rajaram Ramachandran
- 13. Soul's Birth , Sara Teasdale
- 14. Sonnet 04: Not In This Chamber Only At M.. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
- 15. ##01 (Vivekananda) The Birth Of Hinduism , Rajaram Ramachandran
- 16. ' ' ' ' ' Tarab(Poem For Onelia On The .. , Dónall Dempsey
- 17. Stella’s Birth-Day. 1724-5 , Jonathan Swift
- 18. Death And Birth , Algernon Charles Swinburne
- 19. Birth-Day Ode 03 , Robert Southey
- 20. Birth-Day Ode 02 , Robert Southey
- 21. To Mr. Thomas Southern, On His Birth-Day , Alexander Pope
- 22. Birth-Day Ode 01 , Robert Southey
- 23. A Birth-Day Wish , George MacDonald
- 24. On My Wife's Birth-Day , Christopher Smart
- 25. A Birth Of Poet , Hasmukhlal Amathalallal
- 26. A Birth Day Wish*. , surya surya
- 27. A Pastoral Betwixt David, Thirsis, And T.. , James Thomson
- 28. A Birth-Night Song , Katharine Tynan
- 29. Stella’s Birth-Day.1719-20 , Jonathan Swift
- 30. Bec’s Birth-Day Nov. 8, 1726 , Jonathan Swift
- 31. To Stella On Her Birth-Day, 1721-2 , Jonathan Swift
- 32. The Birth Of Man , Emma Lazarus
- 33. Sonnet Ii: Bridal Birth , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
- 34. Blind From My Birth , Christina Georgina Rossetti
- 35. Sonnet Xv: The Birth-Bond , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
- 36. Hope Is Like A Harebell Trembling From I.. , Christina Georgina Rossetti
- 37. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' Birth Of The World(For.. , Dónall Dempsey
- 38. An Ode Of The Birth Of Our Saviour , Robert Herrick
- 39. Britannia Rediviva: A Poem On The Birth .. , John Dryden
- 40. *****birth Of A Verse , Seema Aarella
- 41. Birth Day , Elise Paschen
- 42. Letters From Women Given Up For Adoption.. , Joanne Monte
- 43. Death And Birth , George MacDonald
- 44. The Birth Place Of Pleasure , Percy Bysshe Shelley
- 45. From My Birth To My Death , Scarlet .....
- 46. A Poem For The Birth-Day Of The Right Ho.. , Anne Kingsmill Finch
- 47. On The Birth-Day Of Queen Katherine , Anne Killigrew
- 48. Tell's Birth-Place. Imitated From Stolberg , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- 49. On The Birth Of John William Rizzo Hoppner , George Gordon Byron
- 50. On The Birth Of A Friend's Child , Ernest Christopher Dowson
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