Lent 6: Monday of First Week

Ben Shahn, "Beautitudes" http://www.ifpda.org/content/node/7540
Ben Shahn, “Beautitudes”
http://www.ifpda.org/content/node/7540

 

Now grace topsy-turvies the world:

Mountain-top-truths speak to violent hearts

Declaring the way which turns cheek to foe

And blesses the poor in spirit, the meek,

The hungry, the thirsty, the peaceful, the weak.

 

Blessed are you: words strangely fitted,

A garment much brighter than all its surrounds.

A whisper of pain, a shout of good fortune,

Forth from a mouth which never spoke threats

And lay down the gauntlet of truth before those

Who only had swords for tongues.

Listen also to the vocal version of Vladimir Martynov – The Beatitudes (performed by the Sirin Ensemble)

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