Main Street and Other Poems

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Author: Joyce Kilmer

The Visitation

(For Louise Imogen Guiney)

There is a wall of flesh before the eyes
Of John, who yet perceives and hails his King.
It is Our Lady’s painful bliss to bring
Before mankind the Glory of the skies.
Her cousin feels her womb’s sweet burden rise
And leap with joy, and she comes forth to sing,
With trembling mouth, her words of welcoming.
She knows her hidden God, and prophesies.

Saint John, pray for us, weary souls that tarry
Where life is withered by sin’s deadly breath.
Pray for us, whom the dogs of Satan harry,
Saint John, Saint Anne, and Saint Elizabeth.
And, Mother Mary, give us Christ to carry
Within our hearts, that we may conquer death.

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Chicago: Joyce Kilmer, "The Visitation," Main Street and Other Poems in Main Street and Other Poems (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed January 22, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3TI8SFHUYLQ7K4W.

MLA: Kilmer, Joyce. "The Visitation." Main Street and Other Poems, in Main Street and Other Poems, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 22 Jan. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3TI8SFHUYLQ7K4W.

Harvard: Kilmer, J, 'The Visitation' in Main Street and Other Poems. cited in 1850, Main Street and Other Poems, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 22 January 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3TI8SFHUYLQ7K4W.