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Discovering a Stellar Poet: Malcolm Guite

I discovered Malcolm Guite this week and am excited to learn more about the Anglican troubadour, priest, and poet.  Poetry, in its leanness, offers so much wisdom (just like the Psalms and Proverbs). Here, is one of Guite’s Advent sonnets, that is part of a collection. I hope you enjoy reading and thinking of different metaphors for Jesus on a contemplative winter’s day. Sapientia means wisdom in Latin.

Malcolm Guite
Malcolm Guite’s quote reads, “In the end nothing is secular but everything, even the smallest and most ordinary things, can be lifted up into the light of Christ and transfigured.”

An Advent Sonnet for Anytime

O Sapientia  by Malcolm Guite

I cannot think unless I have been thought,

Nor can I speak unless I have been spoken.

I cannot teach except as I am taught,

Or break the bread except as I am broken.

O Mind behind the mind through which I seek,

O Light within the light by which I see,

O Word beneath the words with which I speak,

O founding, unfound Wisdom, finding me,

O sounding Song whose depth is sounding me,

O Memory of time, reminding me,

My Ground of Being, always grounding me,

My Maker’s Bounding Line, defining me,

Come, hidden Wisdom, come with all you bring,

Come to me now, disguised as everything.

More of Malcolm Guite

Here is more of Malcolm: https://malcolmguite.wordpress.com

photo by CSB
photo by CSB

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