Jane's Marriage

The Janeites

Jane went to Paradise:
 That was only fair.
Good Sir Walter followed her,
 And armed her up the stair.
Henry and Tobias,
 And Miguel of Spain,
Stood with Shakespeare at the top
 To welcome Jane—
Then the Three Archangels
 Offered out of hand
Anything in Heaven’s gift
 That she might command.
Azrael’s eyes upon her,
 Raphael’s wings above,
Michael’s sword against her heart,
 Jane said: “Love.”
Instantly the under–
 Standing Seraphim
Laid their fingers on their lips
 And went to look for him.
Stole across the Zodiac,
    Harnessed Charles’s Wain,
 And whispered round the Nebulae
    “Who loved Jane?”
In a private limbo
 Where none had thought to look,
Sat a Hampshire gentleman
 Reading of a book.
It was called Persuasion
 And it told the plain
Story of the love between
 Him and Jane.
He heard the question,
 Circle Heaven through—
Closed the book and answered:
 “I did —and do!”
Quietly but speedily
 (As Captain Wentworth moved)
Entered into Paradise
 The man Jane loved!
Jane lies in Winchester, blessed be her shade!
Praise the Lord for making her, and her for all she made.
And while the stones of Winchester—or Milson Street—remain,
Glory, Love, and Honour unto England’s Jane!
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