Death and the Lady

Original Text: 
Mary E. Coleridge, Poems (London: Elkin Mathews, 1918): 134. PR 6005 O3P6 1918 Robarts Library
1TURN in, my lord, she said ;
2    As it were the Father of Sin
3I have hated the Father of the Dead,
4    The slayer of my kin ;
5By the Father of the Living led,
6    Turn in, my lord, turn in.
7We were foes of old ; thy touch was cold,
8    But mine is warm as life ;
9I have struggled and made thee loose thy hold,
10    I have turned aside the knife.
11Despair itself in me was bold,
12    I have striven, and won the strife.
13But that which conquered thee and rose
14    Again to earth descends ;
15For the last time we have come to blows.
16    And the long combat ends.
17The worst and secretest of foes,
18    Be now my friend of friends.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1997-2000