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Rainer Maria Rilke

(4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926 / Prague / Czech Republic)

Abishag


I
She lay, and serving-men her lithe arms took,
And bound them round the withering old man,
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  • Rookie Mark J. Mitchell (12/27/2009 6:28:00 PM)

    This is a lovely poem, but a terrible translation. Please look at Edward Snow's version in NewPoems 1907. It also helps to know that this is a biblical poem, drawn from I Kings, I think. Abishag the Shunemite was maiden chosen to warm King David's bed in his old age. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sunshine Daydream (8/24/2009 12:12:00 PM)

    im in love this poem it gives me a happy and satisfying sensation.....I reccomend this to every sad and unsatisfied man or woman girl or boy..... (Report) Reply

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