Evensong In Oxford On St. Cecilia’s Day (A Poem by Holly Ordway)

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Evensong In Oxford On St. Cecilia’s Day
By Holly Ordway

“My soul doth magnify the Lord,” we sing,
And offer back, in music’s common voice,
The melody He made; the gift we bring
Is wholly His–and so we dare rejoice
With Mary’s words, entrusting her with all
Our hopes and fears, to prism them to praise
Before her Son, her Lord and ours. We call
On her, with nothing of our own, to pray;
And then, still prisoned in our lonely selves,
We hear the piercing note of joy that calls
Us home, with all the saints, to live and dwell…
And so we sing, and let the silence fall,
To be redeemed. On these our broken words,
Miserable and weak, have mercy, Lord.

Image by Tom Darin Liskey


Ordway author photoHolly Ordway is Professor of English and a faculty member in the M.A. in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University; she holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith (Emmaus Road, 2017) and Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms (Ignatius, 2014). Dr Ordway is also a published poet, and a Subject Editor for the Journal of Inklings Studies. Her academic work focuses on the writings of the Inklings, especially C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Her current book project is Tolkien’s Modern Sources: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages (forthcoming from Kent State University Press, 2019). Her website is <HollyOrdway.com>