Angel by CD
Recently Professor Brian Cox of Manchester University was speculating that there might be ‘multiverses’; universes where the laws of nature vary from what we experience. How would we ever know about such a cosmos? It’s hardly a case of Professor Cox imagines – or I imagine – therefore it is.
There’s a simple-minded side of me that says – angels! They obey different laws of nature, but some people, sometimes, are aware of them: Mary, Zechariah, William Blake.
John Masefield gives these lines to the Magi in The Coming of Christ:
The days are past when rocks and streams
And trees were gods directing man,
We are all lost among our dreams,
We are all waters without plan.
The world is ours with discontent,
We have all things save hope; we stare
Into earth’s secrets: we invent
New swiftnesses lest we despair.
Yet we have joy, because we may
Still light upon that simple thing
Under the eyes of every day
Which is the secret of the King.
O lighten us, bright star, and show
The angels walking at our side,
And where the glittering waters go,
The lasting waters that abide.
Fitting prayer for Angeltide, these days when we hold their feasts, and for Francistide, for he reminds us that rocks and streams are brothers and sisters to us, not gods, under the eye of the King. And there is no need to believe in multiverses, or even pure spirits, to see the angel beside us in our spouses, workmates, or those we greet in the street: any of these could be a messenger of the King today.
The next three days’ posts are responses to William Blake’s visions of angels, by Dr Naomi Billingsley, a respected Blake Scholar and currently Bishop Otter Scholar at Chichester.