He Came in Silvern Armor

"He Came in Silvern Armor" is part of Dorothy Rudd Moore's song cycle Sonnets on Love, Rosebuds, and Death.

Date: 1976Composer: Dorothy Rudd MooreText: Gwendolyn BennettSong Collection: Sonnets on Love, Rosebuds and Death

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He came in silvern armour, trimmed with black—
A lover come from legends long ago—
With silver spurs and silken plumes a-blow,
And flashing sword caught fast and buckled back
In a carven sheath of Tamarack.
He came with footsteps beautifully slow,
And spoke in voice meticulously low.
He came and Romance followed in his track…

I did not ask his name—I thought him Love;
I did not care to see his hidden face.
All life seemed born in my intaken breath;
All thought seemed flown like some forgotten dove.
He bent to kiss and raised his visor’s lace…
All eager-lipped I kissed the mouth of Death.

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