Close your eyes and see


To see us all in glory spread
Across all ages sown
On Trinal throne our risen head
His members gladly own

Seen thus can demons terrify
By the very brilliance
But focused only through one eye
You see but this demense

How gleeful is the evil host
To make you yeild
‘Gainst gates of hell you will not boast
If but this sword you wield

So close your eyes at mass today
And hear not the baleful sounds
Of ag’d sopranos as they flay
And hymns the organ drowns

See not the siblings squalling there
Who torture while at play
And pay no heed to clothings fair
Best worn another day

But open up your soulful eyes
And see the glorious vision
Of heaven’s strikes through earthy skies
And Satan’s forces riven

The Son of God who’s son you are
Has vict’ry ready done
And child of earth though it seem far
The Church is ever won

And we here in this earthly place
Share already now in love
With those whose light we daren’t face
As they pray above.

Heed not the stammered hymns and gloom
Of those who fail and strive
With demons hear the martial boom
And know God’s church alive

From Trinal throne our risen head
His members gladly claim
United all in glory spread
Across all ages flame

Author: Huw Raphael

A Dominican Tertiary living in San Francisco, CA. He is almost 59. He feeds the homeless as a parochial almoner and is studying to be a Roman Catholic Deacon. He is learning modern Israeli Hebrew and enjoys cooking, keto, cats, long urban hikes, and SF Beer Week.

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