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The whirring of wings amid smoke, in the temple:
a man in humility bows before God.
The pillars are quaking, the threshold is shaken,
he kneels in the place where his forebears have trod.

A quest for identity, who will be chosen?
The question: the one to be blessed with God's grace?
The promise is veiled for he feels so uncertain.
How could such a sinner stand here in God's place?

Verses 3-4 follow

Metre: 12 11 12 11 Irregular

Andrew Pratt (born 1948)

Words © 14/5/2012 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England,

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