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Kipling, R. (2017). Hymn to Physical Pain. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 11(3):254-255.

(2017). Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 11(3):254-255

Hymn to Physical Pain

Rudyard Kipling

Dread Mother of Forgetfulness

Who, when Thy reign begins,

Wipest away the Soul's distress,

And memory of her sins.

The trusty Worm that dieth not-

The steadfast Fire also,

By Thy contrivance are forgot

In a completer woe.

Thine are the lidless eyes of night

That stare upon our tears,

Through certain hours which in our sight

Exceed a thousand years:

Thine is the thickness of the Dark

That presses in our pain,

As Thine the Dawn that bids us mark

Life's grinning face again.

Thine is the weariness outworn

No promise shall relieve,

That says at eve, “Would God ‘twere morn”

At morn, “Would God ‘twere eve!”

And when Thy tender mercies cease

And life unvexed is due,

Instant upon the false release

The Worm and Fire renew.

Wherefore we praise Thee in the deep,

And on our beds we pray

For Thy return that Thou may'st keep

The Pains of Hell at bay!

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Kipling, R. (2017). Hymn to Physical Pain. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 11(3):254-255

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