Friday, 6 December 2019

Advent Book Club 6 - 'Sweet Death'


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The 'four last things' to meditate upon during the four weeks of Advent, in the traditional 'keeping of Advent' are Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell. So next week -Judgement - is likely to be as challenging as hard-hitting as this one... 

I'm looking forward to the 'Heaven' week, but then, 'Hell'? Give me strength!

Anyway, today's poem;
 

Sweet Death

The sweetest blossoms die.
And so it was that, going day by day
Unto the church to praise and pray,
And crossing the green churchyard thoughtfully,
I saw how on the graves the flowers
Shed their fresh leaves in showers,
And how their perfume rose up to the sky
Before it passed away.

The youngest blossoms die.
They die, and fall and nourish the rich earth
From which they lately had their birth;
Sweet life, but sweeter death that passeth by
And is as though it had not been:—
All colours turn to green:
The bright hues vanish, and the odours fly,
The grass hath lasting worth.

And youth and beauty die.
So be it, O my God, Thou God of truth:
Better than beauty and than youth
Are Saints and Angels, a glad company;
And Thou, O Lord, our Rest and Ease,
Are better far than these.
Why should we shrink from our full harvest? why
Prefer to glean with Ruth?

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