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On Death - Poem by Anne Killigrew

Tell me thou safest End of all our Woe,
Why wreched Mortals do avoid thee so:
Thou gentle drier o'th' afflicteds Tears,
Thou noble ender of the Cowards Fears;
Thou sweet Repose to Lovers sad dispaire,
Thou Calm t'Ambitions rough Tempestuous Care.
If in regard of Bliss thou wert a Curse,
And then the Joys of Paradise art worse;
Yet after Man from his first Station fell,
And God from Eden Adam did expel,
Thou wert no more an Evil, but Relief;
The Balm and Cure to ev'ry Humane Grief:
Through thee (what Man had forfeited before)
He now enjoys, and ne'r can loose it more.



No subtile Serpents in the Grave betray,
Worms on the Body there, not Soul do prey;
No Vice there Tempts, no Terrors there afright,
No Coz'ning Sin affords a false delight:
No vain Contentions do that Peace annoy,
No feirce Alarms break the lasting Joy.



Ah since from thee so many Blessings flow,
Such real Good as Life can never know;
Come when thou wilt, in thy afrighting'st Dress,
Thy Shape shall never make thy Welcome less.
Thou mayst to Joy, but ne'er to Fear give Birth,
Thou Best, as well as Certain'st thing on Earth.
Fly thee? May Travellers then fly their Rest,
And hungry Infants fly the profer'd Brest.
No, those that faint and tremble at thy Name,
Fly from their Good on a mistaken Fame.
Thus Childish fear did Israel of old
From Plenty and the Promis'd Land with-hold;
They fancy'd Giants, and refus'd to go,
When Canaan did with Milk and Honey flow.


Comments about On Death by Anne Killigrew

  • Freshman - 567 Points Maas Weerabangsa (1/20/2017 8:58:00 AM)

    A very well written poem which opens the eyes of mankind. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 216,990 Points Gajanan Mishra (9/25/2014 9:05:00 PM)

    milk and honey flow, good writing, thanks, (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 86,426 Points Terry Craddock (9/25/2014 6:24:00 PM)

    Too many wonderful images to reference individually unless writing an essay on this brilliant poem. A theme I will use as a metaphor to describe this poem is; if life is a ship, a ship built in a womb, launched on maiden voyage at birth, to grow in travels, rewarded in journeys, unexpected sights, experiences ranging from calm joy to tempest fear; then ultimately if we survive all our experiences with skill in setting the right courses, taking shelter as needed, adjusting expectations to the weather reality we must endure, then death is the eventual safe port at the natural conclusion of our lives, death is a comfort for wasted timber and weary bones if we have faced and achieved our desired life goals. Just a thought. Thus because of the depth and suggested implications of this poem it is a 10+ for me. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  4. 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  9. 9. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  10. 10. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  11. 11. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  12. 12. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  13. 13. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  14. 14. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  15. 15. Angel Of Death (Death Death Death Dea.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  16. 16. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  18. 18. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  19. 19. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  20. 20. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  21. 21. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  23. 23. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  24. 24. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  25. 25. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  26. 26. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  27. 27. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  28. 28. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  29. 29. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  30. 30. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  31. 31. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  32. 32. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  33. 33. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  34. 34. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  35. 35. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  36. 36. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  37. 37. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  38. 38. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  39. 39. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  40. 40. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  41. 41. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  42. 42. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  43. 43. Death , Heinrich Heine
  44. 44. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
  45. 45. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  46. 46. Death Is A Dialogue Between , Emily Dickinson
  47. 47. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  48. 48. Death , William Butler Yeats
  49. 49. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  50. 50. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
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