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CHRIST IN BRITAIN: 19. SAINT ORAN, by            
First Line: Saint oran told them while the west grew dim
Last Line: Of that wild fruit of flame whose taste is peace.
Subject(s): Great Britain - History; Oran, Saint; English History


Saint Oran told them while the West grew dim
About lone islands whither he had gone,
And how he saw the orchards of the dawn
Lying beyond the green earth's burnished rim;
Upon that golden wall walked Cherubim
Whose shadows were a snow-light on the lawn,
And ere their gentle wonder was withdrawn
One pitying held a starry branch toward him.

The cowled monks listened, and at vesper bell
They left him in a quiet place to dream
By garden-ways where grasses drift like fleece;
But when they reached the central ivied cell,
Across the altar moved the crimson gleam
Of that wild fruit of flame whose taste is peace.





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