Posted by: Mark Nielsen | January 2, 2014

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night -Dylan Thomas (& my prayer today)

For burning down, or keeping warm?

For keeping warm, shedding Light

a kind of prayer for me in December: for sick friends, for Advent, and for the Kingdom coming… I misplaced this the other day, but we’ve got it back now!

…and yet, I shall not rage , but love my way into the Light that loved me first–

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

BY DYLAN THOMAS

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
.  .  .  .  .

Dylan Thomas, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” from The Poems of Dylan Thomas. Copyright 1939, 1946 by New Directions Publishing Corporation. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

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— the above text compliments of the Poetry Foundation,  text Source: The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1957)


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