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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 Birth Of Love , William Wordsworth
- 3. Before The Birth Of One Of Her Children , Anne Bradstreet
- 4. Birth And Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
- 5. Stella’s Birth-Day. 1724-5 , Jonathan Swift
- 6. The Angel That Presided O'Er My Birth , William Blake
- 7. A Birth-Day Wish , George MacDonald
- 8. Sonnet 91: Some Glory In Their Birth, So.. , William Shakespeare
- 9. On Stella's Birth-Day, 1719 , Jonathan Swift
- 10. Birth Birth Birthday , gajanan mishra
- 11. Birth Is Beginning , Shalom Freedman
- 12. Sonnet 04: Not In This Chamber Only At M.. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
- 13. Death And Birth , Algernon Charles Swinburne
- 14. On My Wife's Birth-Day , Christopher Smart
- 15. Birth-Dues , Robinson Jeffers
- 16. The Birth Place Of Pleasure , Percy Bysshe Shelley
- 17. Hope Is Like A Harebell Trembling From I.. , Christina Georgina Rossetti
- 18. Soul's Birth , Sara Teasdale
- 19. Between Birth N Death , indira babbellapati
- 20. Birth Control Is Murder! , Ramona Thompson
- 21. Blind From My Birth , Christina Georgina Rossetti
- 22. To Mr. Thomas Southern, On His Birth-Day , Alexander Pope
- 23. Birth-Day Ode 02 , Robert Southey
- 24. Stella’s Birth-Day.1719-20 , Jonathan Swift
- 25. To Stella On Her Birth-Day, 1721-2 , Jonathan Swift
- 26. The Birth Of Flattery , George Crabbe
- 27. Death And Birth , George MacDonald
- 28. Bec’s Birth-Day Nov. 8, 1726 , Jonathan Swift
- 29. Birth Of A Butterfly , Is It Poetry
- 30. Imaginary Is Birth And Death. , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
- 31. The New Birth , Jones Very
- 32. My Birth Took Place In This Place And I .. , Aldo Kraas
- 33. ##01 (Vivekananda) The Birth Of Hinduism , Rajaram Ramachandran
- 34. ##02 (Vivekananda) Birth Of Narendranat.. , Rajaram Ramachandran
- 35. Birth (Senryu) , Laurence Overmire
- 36. Giving Birth , Fay Slimm
- 37. Birth-Day Ode 01 , Robert Southey
- 38. Birth-Day Ode 03 , Robert Southey
- 39. A Rose In Birth , s./j. goldner
- 40. The Birth Of The Opal , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
- 41. Birth-Re-Birth , Nassy Fesharaki
- 42. A Birth-Night Song , Katharine Tynan
- 43. Sonnet Ii: Bridal Birth , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
- 44. On The Birth Of His Son , Su Tung-po
- 45. Britannia Rediviva: A Poem On The Birth .. , John Dryden
- 46. Sonnet Xv: The Birth-Bond , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
- 47. The Birth Of Man , Emma Lazarus
- 48. A Pastoral Betwixt David, Thirsis, And T.. , James Thomson
- 49. On The Birth-Day Of Queen Katherine , Anne Killigrew
- 50. My Birth Sign , Aldo Kraas
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