Lay for the Day29th
the feast of St Michael the archangel. His name means Who is like
unto God?. He is usually depicted as the warrior who leads the heavenly
host into battle against the rebel angels, and subdues the devil-dragon.
He is also represented as a judge of souls, as an intercessor and as a
champion for people, with the power to bring them out of Hell. In the
Roman liturgy for the dead there is the invocation: May Michael
the standard-bearer lead them into the holy light, which you promised
of old to Abraham and his seed.
Nelson was born on 29th September 1758 at Burnham Thorpe in Norfolk.
What makes a heavenly heart
is only this:
The hell-like deep it reaches to below
And lays it down in, where lost spirits blow,
The bottom of whose worlds, with a dead hiss,
Fell out so long ago they never miss
The floor. There, with the basest of the low,
To go on calling on the good they know
And keep in flame till all climb safe to bliss.
while times accumulate zeroes,
Outweighing hates pound with their loving ounce,
Remain the labours of the holy heroes.
The brain oozes thought, and glands brew their bile,
And each is needful and neither is vile,
But the heart, the heart, the heart is what counts.
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