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CHRIST IN BRITAIN: 25. THE FOREST SAINT, by            
First Line: When wolves were conquered by a hermit's bell
Last Line: And houseled odin's warrior christ's armed knight.
Subject(s): Great Britain - History; English History


When wolves were conquered by a hermit's bell,
Upon the forest's dim untrodden lane
White oxen, yoked before a gleaming wain,
Brought queens to pray beside his holy well;
And once a deer leaped down the tangled dell,
While woodward of the wind a royal thane
Plunged on a great black war-horse and drew rein
To slay God's hart within the wattled cell.

But brighter than his shield of beaten brass,
Or Lammas moon, or set of autumn sun,
He saw the lifted Host through veils of light;
And in the little hut of reedy grass
Chad raised the soul Love's miracle had won
And houseled Odin's warrior Christ's armed knight.





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