[lit-ideas] Thursday Poem

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 10:26:35 -0700


                         SED LIBERA NOS A MALO


    "Lift together everyone,"

    Was whispered hoarsely;

    "Place the coffin on,

    And follow it in.

    I'll seat you near the front."


    "In nomine Patris,

    et Filii,

    et Spiritus Sancti."


    "Rescue his soul"

    [There souls]

    O Lord.

    May he


    Rest in peace.

    Lord hear my prayer."


    [In sacerdotal vestments as at Mass,

    He will face the people,

    Offering it in the sight of the Most high]


    "Sed libera nos a malo.



    [Mine eyes are dimmed from looking on evil;

    Mine ears are deafened from hearing of bloodshed;

    My heart is numbed with thinking on evil.

    In the havoc of my transgression

    A whirlwind swallows me up.]


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