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On Death - Poem by Anne Killigrew

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;
The Balm and Cure to ev'ry Humane Grief:
Through thee (what Man had forfeited before)
He now enjoys, and ne'r can loose it more.



No subtile Serpents in the Grave betray,
Worms on the Body there, not Soul do prey;
No Vice there Tempts, no Terrors there afright,
No Coz'ning Sin affords a false delight:
No vain Contentions do that Peace annoy,
No feirce Alarms break the lasting Joy.



Ah since from thee so many Blessings flow,
Such real Good as Life can never know;
Come when thou wilt, in thy afrighting'st Dress,
Thy Shape shall never make thy Welcome less.
Thou mayst to Joy, but ne'er to Fear give Birth,
Thou Best, as well as Certain'st thing on Earth.
Fly thee? May Travellers then fly their Rest,
And hungry Infants fly the profer'd Brest.
No, those that faint and tremble at thy Name,
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.


Comments about On Death by Anne Killigrew

  • Gold Star - 121,458 Points Rajnish Manga (6/15/2017 1:34:00 AM)

    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; (Report) Reply

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  • Freshman - 567 Points Maas Weerabangsa (1/20/2017 8:58:00 AM)

    A very well written poem which opens the eyes of mankind. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 223,927 Points Gajanan Mishra (9/25/2014 9:05:00 PM)

    milk and honey flow, good writing, thanks, (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  4. 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  9. 9. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  10. 10. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  11. 11. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  12. 12. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  13. 13. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  14. 14. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  15. 15. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  16. 16. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  17. 17. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  18. 18. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  19. 19. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  20. 20. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  21. 21. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  22. 22. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  23. 23. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  24. 24. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  25. 25. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  26. 26. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  27. 27. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  28. 28. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  29. 29. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  30. 30. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  31. 31. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  32. 32. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  33. 33. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  34. 34. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  35. 35. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  36. 36. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  37. 37. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  38. 38. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  39. 39. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  40. 40. Death , Heinrich Heine
  41. 41. On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield , Phillis Wheatley
  42. 42. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  43. 43. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  44. 44. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  45. 45. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  46. 46. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  47. 47. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  48. 48. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  49. 49. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  50. 50. Death , William Butler Yeats
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