Midsummer Verse

Painting by Silvia Gorr

St. John the Baptist

Thou herald spirit, by the Father’s grace
Abiding witness to the Light of Lights,
Look on our seeking.

All we have done on earth has left its trace,
And all we say sounds on for spirit ears.
Help at our judging.

Baptizer of the waking soul, lead out
Our lives from barren conflict in the dark
Into Christ’s presence.

Let sound the music of thy faithful heart,
Prophet of days to come, for brother men,
Unto Christ’s glory.

–Adam Bittleston



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