Angel Quotes from Male Poets

Poems About Angels Written by Men

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Few subjects are more inspirational to write poems about than angels. Jupiterimages /Workbook Stock / Getty Images

Few subjects are more inspirational to write about than angels. Male and female poets alike have long written about angels, expressing profound truths about them in creative and compelling ways. Here's a look at quotes from angel poems by men:

"Twice or thrice had I loved thee/Before I knew thy face or name/So in a voice, so in a shapeless flame/Angels affect us oft, and worship'd be;/Still when, to where thou wert, I came/Some lovely glorious nothing I did see." - John Donne, from the poem "Air and Angels"

"Go and stand amidst their scowling hearts, my child/and let your gentle eyes fall upon them like the
forgiving peace of the evening over the strife of the day./Let them see your face, my child, and thus know the meaning of all things, let them love you and love each other." - Rabindranath Tagore, from the poem "The Child Angel"

"Uttered not, yet comprehended/Is the spirit's voiceless prayer/Soft rebukes, in blessings ended/ Breathing from her lips of air." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from the poem "Footsteps of Angels"

"Dear and great Angel, wouldst thou only leave/That child, when thou hast done with him, for me!/Let me sit all the day here, that when eve/Shall find performed thy special ministry/And time come for departure, thou, suspending/Thy flight, mayst see another child for tending/Another still, to quiet and retrieve." - Robert Browning, from the poem "The Guardian Angel"

"I heard an Angel singing/When the day was springing/'Mercy, Pity, Peace/Is the world's release.'" - William Blake, from the poem "I Heard an Angel"

"When wolves and tigers howl for prey,/They pitying stand and weep;/Seeking to drive their thirst away,/
And keep them from the sheep./But if they rush dreadful,/The angels, most heedful,/Receive each mild spirit,/New worlds to inherit." - William Blake, from the poem "Night"

"In the last dark hour/Of the night,/Angels come to love us/And awaken us." - Sri Chinmoy Ghose, from the poem "For My Angel"

"Slowly up silent peaks, the white edge of the world/Trod four archangels, clear against the unheeding sky/Bearing, with quiet even steps, and great wings furled/A little dingy coffin..." - Rupert Brooke, from the poem "The Vision of the Archangels"

"I have wept a million tears:/Pure and proud one, where are thine/What the gain though all thy years/In unbroken beauty shine?" - George William Russell, from the poem "The Man to the Angel"

"To be an angel, one need not have wings./In giving love there is an equal grace./Nor need one seek the aura in the face/As love unveils the beauty of all things." - Francois Couperin, from the poem "To Be An Angel, One Need Not Have Wings"

"'It was wrong to do this,' said the angel./'You should live like a flower,/Holding malice like a puppy,/Waging war like a lambkin.'" - Stephen Crane, from the poem "'It Was Wrong to Do This,' Said the Angel"

"Sing softly the songs of Your angel/Let Your angel let you sleep/For Your angel, in her wisdom/has begun her angel’s song." - Timothy Venard, from the poem "Sing Softly the Songs of Your Angel"

"When looking back I dimly see/The trails my feet have trod/Some hand divine, it seems to me,/Has pulled the strings with God;/Some angel form has lifeward leaned/When hope for me was past;/Some love sublime has intervened/To save me at the last.” - Robert William Service from the poem "My Guardian Angel"