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Short poem

Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)

At Mass

              1No doubt to-morrow I will hide
              2My face from you, my King.
              3Let me rejoice this Sunday noon,
              4And kneel while gray priests sing.

              5It is not wisdom to forget.
              6But since it is my fate
              7Fill thou my soul with hidden wine
              8To make this white hour great.

              9My God, my God, this marvelous hour
            10I am your son I know.
            11Once in a thousand days your voice
            12Has laid temptation low.


1] Camp (III, 842) associates this poem with the Paulist Father's Church in New York City.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Vachel Lindsay, General William Booth Enters into Heaven and Other Poems (London: Chatto and Windus, 1919): 39. PS 3523 I58G4 1919 Robarts Library. Collected Poems (New York: Macmillan, 1923): 308-09.
First publication date: June 1913
Publication date note: Poetry Magazine (June 1913)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/21

Composition date: 1913
Rhyme: abcb

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