Robert Southwell

(1561 - 1595 / England)

Robert Southwell Poems

1. Love's Servile Lot 1/1/2004
2. Content And Rich 4/20/2010
3. The Nativity Of Christ 1/1/2004
4. New Heaven, New War 3/4/2014
5. Man's Civil War 1/1/2004
6. Look Home 1/1/2004
7. The Burning Babe 1/4/2003
8. A Child My Choice 1/1/2004
9. New Prince New Pomp 1/1/2004
10. Upon The Image Of Death 4/20/2010
Best Poem of Robert Southwell

Upon The Image Of Death

Before my face the picture hangs
That daily should put me in mind
Of those cold names and bitter pangs
That shortly I am like to find;
But yet, alas, full little I
Do think hereon that I must die.

I often look upon a face
Most ugly, grisly, bare, and thin;
I often view the hollow place
Where eyes and nose had sometimes been;
I see the bones across that lie,
Yet little think that I must die.

I read the label underneath,
That telleth me whereto I must;
I see the sentence eke that saith
Remember, man, that thou art dust!
But yet, alas, but ...

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