Saturday, September 27, 2014

Read then of faith; That shone above the fagot,



Read, Sweet, How Others Strove

Read, sweet, how others strove,
Till we are stouter;
What they renounced,
Till we are less afraid;
How many times they bore the faithful witness,
Till we are helped As if a kingdom cared.
Read then of faith
That shone above the fagot,
Clear strains of hymn
The river could not drown,
Brave names of men
And celestial women
Passed out of record
Into renown.

Emily Dickinson, “Read, Sweet, How Others Strove,” in Complete Poems (Boston: Little, Brown, 1960), 119–20.

Did this destruction by fire destroy the the body of Christ or anneal his true church?
Individuals paid a heavy price to strengthen the church and greater Kingdom of God


noun: faggot; plural noun: faggots; noun: fagot; plural noun: fagots
    a bundle of sticks or twigs bound together as fuel.
        a bundle of iron rods bound together for reheating, welding, and hammering into bars.


verb past tense: annealed; past participle: annealed

    heat (metal or glass) and allow it to cool slowly, in order to remove internal stresses and toughen it.
        recombine (DNA) in the double-stranded form following separation by heat.