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

    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

    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.