Magazine June 7, 2010, Issue

The Image

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In shops, on streets, in random places
A light within me lights these faces.
I see them glance, and hear, and nod,
And each face is a word of God.
Briefly and casually He talks,
For all the language in His stock.
But this is Him: that eyes are eyes,
That flesh is flesh is His disguise
And His alone. What is so fine
And costly can’t be yours or mine.

Sarah Ruden’s most recent books are the extensively revised second edition of her Aeneid translation and her new translation of the Gospels.

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