W.H. Auden, “The Shield of Achilles”

She looked over his shoulderFor vines and olive trees,Marble well-governed citiesAnd ships upon untamed seas,But there on the shining metalHis hands had put insteadAn artificial wildernessAnd a sky like lead. A plain without a feature, bare and brown,No blade of grass, no sign of neighborhood,Nothing to eat and nowhere to sit down,Yet, congregated on its …

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Reflections on Psalm 140

Ps 1401 Rescue me, LORD, from evil men.Keep me safe from violent men2 who plan evil in their hearts.They stir up wars all day long.3 They make their tonguesas sharp as a snake’s bite;viper’s venom is under their lips. Throughout the chapter these evil men are called violent and slanderers. It is their thoughts, words, …

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“Pilgrim’s Problem,” by C.S. Lewis

By now I should be entering on the supreme stage Of the whole walk, reserved for the late afternoon. The heat was to be over now; the anxious mountains, The airless valleys and the sun-baked rocks, behind me. Now, or soon now, if all is well, come the majestic Rivers of foamless charity that glide …

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