Corpus Christi

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Corpus Christi


Underhill, Evelyn, Anglican Theological Review


EVELYN UNDERHILL*

Come, dear Heart!

The fields are white to harvest: come and see

As in a glass the timeless mystery

Of love, whereby we feed

On God, our bread indeed.

Torn by the sickles, see him share the smart

Of travailing Creation: maimed, despised,

Yet by his lovers the more dearly prized

Because for us he lays his beauty down

Last toll paid by Perfection for our loss!

Trace on these fields his everlasting Cross,

And o'er the stricken sheaves the Immortal Victim's crown.

From far horizons came a voice that said,

'Lo! from the hand of Death take thou thy daily bread.'

Then I, awakening, saw

A splendour burning in the heart of things:

The flame of living love which lights the law

Of mystic death that works the mystic birth.

I knew the patient passion of the earth,

Maternal, everlasting, whence there springs

The Bread of Angels and the life of man. …

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