Treasure Island

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

(23 September 1861 – 25 August 1907)

Death and the Lady


TURN in, my lord, she said ;
As it were the Father of Sin
I have hated the Father of the Dead,
The slayer of my kin ;
By the Father of the Living led,
Turn in, my lord, turn in.

We were foes of old ; thy touch was cold,
But mine is warm as life ;
I have struggled and made thee loose thy hold,
I have turned aside the knife.
Despair itself in me was bold,
I have striven, and won the strife.

But that which conquered thee and rose
Again to earth descends ;
For the last time we have come to blows.
And the long combat ends.
The worst and secretest of foes,
Be now my friend of friends.

Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001
Edited: Monday, May 14, 2001

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: father, despair, rose, friend, death, time, life, hate

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Death and the Lady by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge )

Enter the verification code :

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/29/2014 1:25:00 AM)

    'Be now my friends of friends' the poem concludes.The mystical enigmatic lines of poems are the peculiarity of poets which is beyond comprehension in particular but so much meanings which goes to the inner depth of mind and soul and therefore so much enjoying in a sorrow and pessimistic mental attire I think. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. A Bench on the Hike, Mae AC.
  2. For the family, hasmukh amathalal
  3. Dilli ki sadak (Hindi), S.D. TIWARI
  4. Nilife, FOEVERAMI JOHNSON
  5. Two sides of coin, hasmukh amathalal
  6. For You, Kewayne Wadley
  7. Muskuraanaa Sikho//Hindi, Aftab Alam
  8. How Good To Be Alive, Shalom Freedman
  9. His Smile You'll Recognize, Susan Lacovara
  10. Lead Feather, Joshua Riles

Poem of the Day

poet Helen Hunt Jackson

The month of carnival of all the year,
When Nature lets the wild earth go its way,
And spend whole seasons on a single day.
The spring-time holds her white and purple dear;
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]