A Gift for Our Times
Chapter Two: His Hands, Eyes and Lips: Love Made Flesh
1. The Altar
Upon entering The Church, our attention focuses immediately on the pattern poem shaped in the image and likeness of the altar table. The speaker introduces himself as a “servant” of God, and we soon discover that it is not artistic achievement that is his main goal, as revealed already in the astonishing paradox of the opening sentence:
A broken ALTAR, Lord thy servant rears,
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