Fifteen Epitaphs I

By Louise Imogen Guiney 1861–1920
I laid the strewings, darling, on thine urn;
I lowered the torch, I poured the cup to Dis.
Now hushaby, my little child, and learn
Long sleep how good it is.

In vain thy mother prays, wayfaring hence,
Peace to her heart, where only heartaches dwell;
But thou more blest, O mild intelligence!
Forget her, and Farewell.

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Poet Louise Imogen Guiney 1861–1920

Subjects Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Death, Parenthood

Occasions Funerals

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

 Louise Imogen Guiney

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Louise Imogen Guiney is known for her lyrical, Old English-style poems that often recall the literary conventions of seventeenth-century English poetry. Informed by her religious faith, Guiney's works reflect her concern with the Catholic tradition in literature and often emphasize moral rectitude and heroic gallantry. Today Guiney is praised for her scholarship in both her poetry and in her numerous literary and historical . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Death, Parenthood

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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