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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 - 173,056 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 - 145,679 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. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  9. 9. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  10. 10. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  11. 11. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  12. 12. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  13. 13. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  14. 14. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  15. 15. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  16. 16. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  18. 18. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  19. 19. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  20. 20. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  21. 21. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  22. 22. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  23. 23. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  24. 24. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  25. 25. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  26. 26. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  27. 27. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  28. 28. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  29. 29. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  30. 30. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  31. 31. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  32. 32. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  33. 33. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  34. 34. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  35. 35. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  36. 36. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  37. 37. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  38. 38. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  39. 39. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  40. 40. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  41. 41. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  42. 42. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift
  43. 43. Don'T Fear Death , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  44. 44. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  45. 45. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  46. 46. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  47. 47. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  48. 48. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  49. 49. Death Is A Dialogue Between , Emily Dickinson
  50. 50. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
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