I DID NOT SEE HIM

Hans Memling (c.1433–74), “Polyptych of Earthly Vanities and Heavenly Redemption” (detail)
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg
Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Replying so He gave me sight
Of light forbidding where He dwells,
A tower of impressive height—
That of which Paul’s letter tells

Above, around in orbit flew
The brilliant trails of spirit-souls—
They were the living whom I knew
Immortal spirits who extol

Those courtiers of shining praise
Of One Creator and One King,
A Majesty beyond all days
Of Time’s reduced imagining

I did not see Him but I knew
Within that Light His glory grew

(November 22 is the Feast of Christ the King.)