Monday, November 2, 2009

Remembering the Dead: All Souls Day

From Godey's Lady's Book, January 1858

O Leave Her to Her Grief!

by Charles Mackay

O leave her to her grief,
Nor urge her to forget:
All art is vain to soothe her pain;
She mourns her loved one yet.

The storm will run its course;
And not till clouds have burst
Shall light appear, serene and clear,
And glorious as at first.

O leave her till she weep;
And when the tear-drops flow,
Let Pity's word, soft-stealing, heard,
Be music to her woe.

And water'd by those tears,
A little flower shall bloom;
A blossom fair for love to wear,
A hope beyond the tomb.


Thomas said...

I like that, it is very beautiful. It flows, and rhymes magnificently.

Wendy Haught said...

I'm glad you like it. I do too. I found it while looking for something else.

I've noticed that it's hard to grieve in our culture. Everyone wants you to "move on" and not be sad. So I heartily endorse the poem's message.

The beautiful lady in the picture resembles Mrs. Reyes, don't you think?