Robert Gilbert Welsh

(1869-1924 / Scotland)

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Azrael

The angels in high places
   Who minister to us,
Reflect God's smile, -- their faces
   Are luminous;
Save one, whose face is hidden,
   (The Prophet saith),
The unwelcome, the unbidden,
   Azrael, Angel of Death.
And yet that veiled face, I know
   Is lit with pitying eyes,
Like those faint stars, the first to glow
   Through cloudy winter skies.
That they may never tire,
   Angels, by God's decree,
Bear wings of snow and fire, -- ...

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