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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

  • Rookie - 95 Points Dennis Taylor (6/14/2018 7:20:00 PM)

    I liked the flow of this work, the images created have me thinking, to understand its meaning fully, for me each reading opens a new door. good work. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 304,459 Points Kumarmani Mahakul (8/25/2017 7:29:00 AM)

    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... nice presentation. Interesting pen on death. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 210,010 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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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 Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  4. 4. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  7. 7. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  8. 8. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  9. 9. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  10. 10. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  11. 11. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  12. 12. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  14. 14. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  15. 15. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  16. 16. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  18. 18. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  19. 19. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  20. 20. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  21. 21. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  22. 22. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  23. 23. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  25. 25. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  26. 26. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  27. 27. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  28. 28. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  29. 29. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  30. 30. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  31. 31. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  32. 32. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  33. 33. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  34. 34. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  35. 35. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  36. 36. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  37. 37. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  38. 38. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  39. 39. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  40. 40. Death , William Butler Yeats
  41. 41. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  42. 42. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  43. 43. Death , Heinrich Heine
  44. 44. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  45. 45. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
  46. 46. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  47. 47. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  48. 48. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  49. 49. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  50. 50. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
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