Grief Poetry: The Angel of Patience

A poem for grieving, coping with death, healing


The Angel of Patience
by Elizabeth Akers Allen

Beside the toilsome way
Lonely and dark, by fruits and flowers unblest,
Which my feet tread sadly, day by day,
Longing in vain for rest.

An angel softly walks,
With pale sweet face, and eye cast meekly down,
The while from withered leaves and flowerless stalks
She weaves my fitting crown.

A sweet and patient grace,
A look of firm endurance, true and tried,
Of suffering meekly borne, rests on her face
So pure – so glorified.

And when my fainting heart
Desponds and murmurs at its adverse fate,
Then quietly the angel’s bright lips part,
Murmuring softly, “Wait!

‘Patience!’ she sweetly saith, -
The Father’s mercies never come too late;
Gird thee with patient strength and trusting faith,
And firm endurance, - wait!”

Angel! behold, I wait,
Wearing the thorny crown through all life’s hours, -
Wait till thy hand shall ope the eternal gate,
And change the thorns to flowers!

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Comment by Shirley Denton on March 30, 2014 at 8:14pm

beautiful poem so uplifting 

Comment by Karen W on March 8, 2014 at 10:56am
Such a beautiful, comforting poem.
Comment by M. Julianne Wilson on November 18, 2010 at 1:41am
So pure, lovely, and comforting...
Comment by Jean Ann-Marie HennessyDusetzina on November 5, 2010 at 9:24pm
Love it !!! xxxo
Comment by susie watters on October 27, 2010 at 6:44pm
absolutely beautiful!!

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