Bird of Plague
O plaguing bird of familiar woes,
Thou divorce man from humbler cries,
Marry them to Empress Death by force,
To every man thy plague can fly.
O bird of macabre feathers and wings,
Thou perch on rich and poor’s shoulders alike,
Thou claim man-woman-child, unconstrasting
Every beast, prone to thy dreadful strike.
O bird who pecks bodies with thy beak brutal,
Thou art the Devil’s carrier of terror,
Thy claws make every mortal cripple,
Direction of thy flight, root of horror
O horrid bird, thy plague cause pain extreme,
Thou shall torment my mind in all my dreams