29th Sun C
Sunday 18th October 2020

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Poetry speaks to the heart through the experience of another. The effort it takes to lay aside our own views and feelings and enter into someone else's vision helps us to prepare our hearts to be open to the wisdom of God.

This Sunday's Poetry


Vengeance will sit above our faults ; but till
She there do sit,
We see her not, nor them. Thus blind, yet still
We lead her way ; and thus, whilst we do ill,
We suffer it.

  1. Unhappy he whom youth makes not beware
    Of doing ill.
    Enough we labour under age, and care ;
    In number, th' errors of the last place are
    The greatest still.

  2. Yet we, that should the ill we now begin
    As soon repent,
    Strange thing ! perceive not ; our faults are not seen,
    But past us ; neither felt, but only in
    The punishment.

  3. But we know ourselves least ; mere outward shows
    Our minds so store,
    That our souls no more than our eyes disclose
    But form and colour. Only he who knows
    Himself, knows more.

John Donne

Holy Sonnet V: I Am A Little World Made Cunningly

I am a little world made cunningly
Of elements, and an angelic sprite;
But black sin hath betrayed to endless night
My worlds both parts, and (oh!) both parts must die.
You which beyond that heaven which was most high
Have found new spheres, and of new lands can write,
Pour new seas in mine eyes, that so I might
Drown my world with my weeping earnestly,
Or wash it if it must be drowned no more:
But oh it must be burnt! alas the fire
Of lust and envy have burnt it heretofore,
And made it fouler: Let their flames retire,
And burn me, O Lord, with a fiery zeal
Of Thee and Thy house, which doth in eating heal. John Donne