IS IT TRUE?

Is It True, O Christ in Heaven,
That the highest suffer most?

That the strongest wander furthest,
And more helplessly are lost?

That the mark of rank in nature
Is capacity for pain?

And the anguish of the singer
Makes the sweetness of the strain?

Is It True, O Christ in Heaven,
That whichever way we go
Walls of darkness must surround us
Things we would but cannot know?

That the infinite must bound us
Like a temple veil unrent,
Whilst the finite ever wearies,
So that none’s therein content?

Is It True, O Christ in Heaven,
That the fullness yet to come
Is so glorious and so perfect
That to know would strike us dumb?

That if ever for a moment
We could pierce beyond the sky
With these poor dim eyes of mortals,
We should just see God and die?

Sarah Williams

 

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