strong tower

christopher-whall-window

Christ in Majesty by Christopher Whall, c.1902 | St Mark, Claughton

SANCTUS SANCTUS SANCTUS DOMINUS DEUS OMNIPOTENS
QUI ERAT QUI EST ET QUI VENTURUS EST

Now held by the London Stained Glass Repository

Oh you were razed
years ago strong tower
felled and your silenced
bell ignominiously
topping a pile of rubble

I gazed upon you
disconsolately softly
holding the raised hand
of an adored still tiny
daughter

Daddy! I’ve never
seen you cry before –
and grateful for
her watchful
presence I told her

of the silence and the
call within your
hallowed walls long
years before
still tiny too then

I lifted my own
watchful eyes to
stained glass throne
and glory and the song
thereunder:

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus
Dominus Deus Omnipotens

Holy, Holy, Holy
Lord God Almighty

Strong Tower raised there
in beeswax-scented silence

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