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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
September 29
Michael the Archangel
By Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826–1887)
          A festival in the Anglican and Roman Churches celebrated on Sept. 29.

MICHAEL, the leader of the hosts of God,
Who warred with Satan for the body of him
Whom, living, God had loved—If cherubim
With cherubim contended for one clod
Of human dust, for forty years that trod        5
The gloomy desert of heaven’s chastisement,
Are there not ministering angels sent
To battle with the devils that roam abroad,
Clutching our living souls? “The living, still
The living, they shall praise Thee!”—Let some great        10
Invisible spirit enter in and fill
The howling chambers of hearts desolate;
With looks like thine, O Michael, strong and wise,
My white archangel with the steadfast eyes.

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