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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Poem: “Christ in the Universe” by Alice Meynell

 With this ambiguous earth

His dealings have been told us. These abide:

The signal to the maid, the human birth,

The lesson, and the young Man crucified.


But not a star of all

The innumerable host of stars has heard

How he administered this terrestrial ball.

Our race have kept their Lord’s entrusted Word.


Of his earth-visiting feet

None knows the secret, cherished, perilous,

The terrible, shamefast, frightened, whispered, sweet,

Heart-shattering secret of his way with us.


No planet knows that this

Our wayside planet, carrying land and wave,

Love and life multiplied, and pain and bliss,

Bears, as chief treasure, one forsaken grave.


Nor, in our little day,

May his devices with the heavens be guessed,

His pilgrimage to thread the Milky Way

Or his bestowals there be manifest.


But in the eternities,

Doubtless we shall compare together, hear

A million alien Gospels, in what guise

He trod the Pleiades, the Lyre, the Bear,


O, be prepared, my soul!

To read the inconceivable, to scan

The million forms of God those stars unroll

When, in our turn, we show to them a Man.

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