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January 17, 2006

605R Love Alone is the Worthy Law

Title: "Love Alone is the Worthy Law," Christina Rossetti (1893), rev. REH (2006), LANGRAN,, James Langran (1863). English poet Christina Rossetti, born in 1830 of Italian parents living in exile in England, Anglican and much influenced by the Oxford Movement to return to more "Anglo-Catholic" modes of worship, wrote Victorian verse that described intense religious experiences. The words below appear in her poem "Quinquagesima," Latin for 50 (days before Easter), or the Sunday before Ash Wednesday (technically Transfiguration Sunday); depending on when Easter fell, this might well be within the approximate time of St. Valentine's Day. St. Valentine, by legend, married Roman soldiers when they were prohibited from doing so. See also Ephesians 2:15, "[Christ] has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace."


1. Love a-lone is the wor-thy law of love:
All oth-er laws have pre-sup-posed a taint:
Love is the law from kind-led saint to saint,
from lamb to lamb, from dove to answe-ring dove.

2. Love is the mo-tive of all things that move,
har-mon-ious by free will with-out con-straint:
Love learns and teach-es: love shall us ac-quaint
with all we lack, and all we lack is love.

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Posted by rehurst at January 17, 2006 01:30 AM

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