Monday, 8 June 2015

Bethel, Redemption’s Loch: a.k.a. ‘Corpus Christi et Sanguinem’

A poem written to mark the occasion of the Solemnity of 'Corpus Christi',
the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.







‘Tis blood red rock
From which pours redemption’s loch;

On whom, on which
Each lover may lay his head
To rest
As newer forms of Jacob old
-Who laid at Luz
And ‘held the ladder long,
‘Pon which the angels
Went up and down
On founding stone of ‘House of Bread.’

And yea that pillow bled,

For ‘twas blood red rock
From which pours redemption’s loch.

Now ladder long
Is Israel’s lass in whom her sons
Make flight.
Gathering the scarlet iron
To smelt on high
In tent unmade, unknown;
From whence descending
They bring smithed swords,
Lambent with red that slays men old.

And yea in ore was gold,

For ‘twas blood red rock
From which pours redemption’s loch;

In which was found
Lofty gold of sanctity
Most high.
For in slain lamb’s loch
Swim golden fish
With drunk-dream glee that’s real,
Who feast on wine’s loch
Named Luz now Bethel,
Since Moses-staff changed substance t’new.
Yet all brazen beasts that drink thereat
Call loch by other name:
“Corpus Christi et Sanguinem”.

And yea each draught makes union deeper,
Since drink each beast and bird and fish

From blood red rock
From which pours redemption’s loch.


8/6/2015.


Note: "...that slays men old" refers to the 'killing' of sin and our false-selves -'the old man', as St. Paul calls it. For indeed the Blood of Christ has killed our old man, and continues to kill him, as it were; whilst recreating us as 'new men': as our true and perfect-selves who we were created to be from the beginning.