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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 - 195,472 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

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  • Gold Star - 158,470 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

  • 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

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