All Saint’s Day
by Ada Cambridge
Never to weary more, nor suffer sorrow,—
Their strife all over, and their work all done:
At peace—and only waiting for the morrow;
Heaven’s rest and rapture even now begun.
So tired once! long fetter’d, sorely burden’d,
Ye struggled hard and well for your release;
Ye fought in faith and love—and ye are guerdon’d,
O happy souls! for now ye are at peace.
No more of pain, no more of bitter weeping!
For us a darkness and an empty place,
Somewhere a little dust—in angels’ keeping—
A blessèd memory of a vanish’d face.
For us the lonely path, the daily toiling,
The din and strife of battle, never still’d;
For us the wounds, the hunger, and the soiling,—
The utter, speechless longing, unfulfill’d.
For us the army camp’d upon the mountains,
Unseen, yet fighting with our Syrian foes,—
The heaven-sent manna and the wayside fountains,
The hope and promise, sweetening our woes.
For them the joyous spirit, freely ranging
Green hills and fields where never mortal trod;
For them the light unfading and unchanging,
The perfect quietness—the peace of God.
For both, a dim, mysterious, distant greeting;
For both, at Jesus’ cross, a drawing near;
At Eucharistic gate a blessed meeting,
When angels and archangels worship here.
For both, God grant, an everlasting union,
When sin shall pass away and tears shall cease;
For both the deep and full and true communion,
For both the happy life that is “at peace.”
If you would like to know more about Ada Cambridge, just follow this link to Wikipedia. A special thank you to Carolyn Gail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago who is Muse Day’s original muse. Stroll on over to her place where you’ll find other poetry for this first of November.
The poem and the photo complement each other nicely.
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A lovely poem; very comforting.
The leaf-strewn path looks so inviting!
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Thank you, Rose. I walk down that path nearly every day.~~Dee
Lovely poem and photo. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you, Marnie, for stopping by.~~Dee
I wish I could stroll that path with you and enjoy the beauties of a fall day.
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Me too, Cindy.~~Dee
Brenda Kula says
It always looks so serene at your place. Must be a very nice place to live. I just relax when I see your photos. (Still itching, day 14)
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Poor Brenda. I hope your poison ivy is getting better. It is pretty serene here except on the weekends. I’m not here enough though because I’m a “stay at home mom,” an oxymoron if I ever heard one.~~Dee
A fitting poem for All Saints’ Day….Dee I do so like your new look…are you tired of me telling you that? Warmest, Gail
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Hi Gail, I’ll never tire of hearing you like the new look. Thanks.~~Dee
Mr. McGregor's Daughter says
All Saints Day really sets the tone for November. I love the photo, it so captures the mood.
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Thanks for that great selection for Muse Day, Dee.
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CG, thanks for hosting Muse Day.~~Dee
Carol, May Dreams Gardens says
Dee, a beautiful poem and a beautiful picture, both very thoughtful as this season tends to be.
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Beautifully said, Carol.~~Dee
Lisa at Greenbow says
I like this poem Dee. It has an old fashioned down to earth appeal. Peace is what we all wish for.
Yes, I think so too.~~Dee