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Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death - Poem by Novalis

Longing for Death


Into the bosom of the earth,
Out of the Light's dominion,
Death's pains are but a bursting forth,
Sign of glad departure.
Swift in the narrow little boat,
Swift to the heavenly shore we float.

Blessed be the everlasting Night,
And blessed the endless slumber.
We are heated by the day too bright,
And withered up with care.
We're weary of a life abroad,
And we now want our Father's home.

What in this world should we all
Do with love and with faith?
That which is old is set aside,
And the new may perish also.
Alone he stands and sore downcast
Who loves with pious warmth the Past.

The Past where the light of the senses
In lofty flames did rise;
Where the Father's face and hand
All men did recognize;
And, with high sense, in simplicity
Many still fit the original pattern.

The Past wherein, still rich in bloom,
Man's strain did burgeon glorious,
And children, for the world to come,
Sought pain and death victorious,
And, through both life and pleasure spake,
Yet many a heart for love did break.

The Past, where to the flow of youth
God still showed himself,
And truly to an early death
Did commit his sweet life.
Fear and torture patiently he bore
So that he would be loved forever.

With anxious yearning now we see
That Past in darkness drenched,
With this world's water never we
Shall find our hot thirst quenched.
To our old home we have to go
That blessed time again to know.

What yet doth hinder our return
To loved ones long reposed?
Their grave limits our lives.
We are all sad and afraid.
We can search for nothing more --
The heart is full, the world is void.

Infinite and mysterious,
Thrills through us a sweet trembling --
As if from far there echoed thus
A sigh, our grief resembling.
Our loved ones yearn as well as we,
And sent to us this longing breeze.

Down to the sweet bride, and away
To the beloved Jesus.
Have courage, evening shades grow gray
To those who love and grieve.
A dream will dash our chains apart,
And lay us in the Father's lap.


Comments about Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death by Novalis

  • Gold Star - 71,643 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (1/12/2017 10:12:00 AM)

    Simply superb poem explaining the life cycle and it's salient features. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 73,402 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (1/12/2017 8:36:00 AM)

    The helplessness of human beings before death that too a sure procedure of life this a meaningful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 25,127 Points Seamus O' Brian (1/12/2017 8:10:00 AM)

    Lyrically captures the ambivalence of standing in the weariness of this life, and contemplating a rest from the striving labours in the company of our loved ones already passed, and in the presence of our loving Father. Beautifully poignant contemplations. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

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  6. 56. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  7. 57. On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield , Phillis Wheatley
  8. 58. Death Is A Dialogue Between , Emily Dickinson
  9. 59. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  10. 60. Death The Leveller , James Shirley
  11. 61. On The Death Of Friends In Childhood , Donald Justice
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  16. 66. A Baby's Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  17. 67. Death Of A Poet , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  18. 68. Passing On (Death Death Death Death De.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  19. 69. On The Death Of Dr. Samuel Marshall , Phillis Wheatley
  20. 70. The Death-Bed , Siegfried Sassoon
  21. 71. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  22. 72. Death Stands Above Me, Whispering Low , Walter Savage Landor
  23. 73. Death Is Here And Death Is There , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  24. 74. Death Sets A Thing Of Signigicant , Emily Dickinson
  25. 75. O Death, O Death, Rock Me Asleep , Anonymous
  26. 76. Death Snips Proud Men , Carl Sandburg
  27. 77. The Death Of Autumn , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  28. 78. Apparent Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  29. 79. The Dance Of Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  30. 80. A Death - Scene , Emily Jane Brontë
  31. 81. Enemy Of Death , Salvatore Quasimodo
  32. 82. Laughter And Death , Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
  33. 83. Bereavement In Their Death To Feel , Emily Dickinson
  34. 84. Death Is Potential To That Man , Emily Dickinson
  35. 85. For Death—or Rather , Emily Dickinson
  36. 86. On The Death Of J.C. An Infant , Phillis Wheatley
  37. 87. On The Death Of Mr. Robert Levet, A Prac.. , Samuel Johnson
  38. 88. Extempore Effusion Upon The Death Of Jam.. , William Wordsworth
  39. 89. The Death And Last Confession Of Wanderi.. , Hilaire Belloc
  40. 90. Whispers Of Heavenly Death , Walt Whitman
  41. 91. No. 101 (On His Brother's Death) , Gaius Valerius Catullus
  42. 92. Death Of A Believer , Rudyard Kipling
  43. 93. Death , Yaseen Anwer
  44. 94. The Death Of Lincoln , William Cullen Bryant
  45. 95. Love And Death , Sara Teasdale
  46. 96. Death , Thomas Hood
  47. 97. Death , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  48. 98. Death , Bill Knott
  49. 99. In Memoriam 82: I Wage Not Any Feud With.. , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  50. 100. A Death Song , William Morris
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