Do Not Go Raging Into That Bright Day

While I can never claim to equal Dylan Thomas’s powerful poem, I have long felt there should be a Christian counter to it. This, then, is my answer to “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.”

Do not to raging into that bright day,

for death will collapse and burn at close of night.

See, hear, the ending of dismay.

For wise men, dying, long gave hope away

that any lasting glory leans on sight.

Do not go raging into that bright day.

Good men on windswept waters calmly lay,

despite their sins of selfishness and spite,

they see, they hear the ending of dismay.

Wild dancers, claiming they were gay,

who turned aside, made crooked pathways right,

do not go raging into that bright day.

Grave men rejoicing dismal drapes of gray

will suddenly give way to holy light

can see and hear the ending of dismay.

And you, my soul, whose lusts and lies did slay

the Sun of glory—see your holy right:

Do not go raging into that bright day,

but see, and hear the ending of dismay.

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