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John Henry Gray (1866-1934)

Mane Nobiscum Domine

              1Stay with us, Lord, the day is travelled far;
              2we meet thee at its close.
              3Lord, at our humble table sit and share,
              4and be, our sweet repose.

              5Pledge of our hospitality, the bread
              6is broken by thy hands;
              7our quaking love, our most confiding dread
              8beholds and understands.

              9Food of our souls enlightens and updries
            10our darkness and our tears;
            11the breaker and the broken to our eyes
            12is all, and disappears.

            13We cannot be without thee, Lord, because
            14the night is perilous;
            15and anxiously our earthly journey draws
            16to evening; stay with us.


1] Mane, Nobiscum Domine: Stay with us, O Lord. This belongs to the Roman Catholic liturgy at Vespers.

Online text copyright © 2004, 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: The Poems of John Gray, ed. Ian Fletcher (Greenboro, N.C.: ELT Press, 1988): 285. PR 6013 R367A17 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1931
Publication date note: Poems 1931 (Sheed and Ward, 1931).
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/5/19

Form: quatrain
Rhyme: abab

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