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A Wish, a poem by Rosa Emma Salaman (1853)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=43041 A Wish, a poem by Rosa Emma Salaman (1853) 2022-03-02 23:39:32 "A Wish" by Rosa Emma Collins née Salaman was published in her bound collections of poetry, <em>Poems</em> (1853), pp. 66-68. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Rosa Emma Salaman https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Dying 57th century A.M. English Romanticism Prayers as poems English vernacular prayer 19th century C.E.
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A Wish.
When thoughts of pleasure or of pain
With which our life’s o’ercast,
When these by turns my heart enchain,
Whiche’er I dwelt on last,—
If pleasure, then I think how short,
How transient will this be!
If pain—oh! that is always fraught
With more than pain to me!
On earth, our spirits cannot drink
Ecstatic joy for long;
And thus it is I often think,
Till thinking turns to song.
Oh! when will my soul depart?
When will the hour come
For the spirit to quit its abode
And be called to its native home?
Impatient soul, be still,
And wait God’s holy will.
Oh! when will my body die?
When will it ever rest?
Oh! ini the grave let it lie,
That the spirit may then be blest!
Impatient soul, be still,
And wait God’s holy will.
I long to leave the earth,
I long to see the sky;
For never will light shine through
The soul, till the body die.
Impatient soul, be still,
And wait God’s holy will.
Thrice has the voice said “wait;”
And shall I then dispute?
Nay, rather let this heart,
These lips, be ever mute,
Than I opposing still
My wish to His good will.
Then wait, my soul, oh! wait,
Until it please the Lord
To take thee to that state
Eternal, blest, adored.

“A Wish” by Rosa Emma Collins née Salaman was published in her bound collections of poetry, Poems (1853), pp. 66-68.

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