The Catholic Parish of
Blessed John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

OF WORK AND CONTEMPLATION

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The woman singeth at her spinning-wheel
A pleasant chant, ballad or barcarole;
She thinketh of her song, upon the whole,
Far more than of her flax; and yet the reel
Is full, and artfully her fingers feel
With quick adjustment, provident control,
The lines-too subtly twisted to unroll -
Out to a perfect thread. I hence appeal


To the dear Christian Church-that we may do
Our Father's business in these temples mirk,
Thus swift and steadfast, thus intent and
strong;
While thus, apart from toil, our souls pursue
Some high calm spheric tune, and prove our
work
The better for the sweetness of our song.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning



Published Fri 19th Jul 2013 17:54:25

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