The Empty Pew
Written on Penelope Betjetman’s admission to the Roman Catholic Church,
In the perspective of Eternity
The pain is nothing, now you go away
Above the steaming thatch how silver-grey
Our chiming church-tower, calling 'Come to me,
My Sunday-sleeping villagers!' And she,
Still half my life, kneels now with those who say
'Take courage, daughter. Never cease to pray
God's grace will break him of his heresy.'
I, present with our Church of England few
At the dear words of Consecration see
The chalice lifted, hear the sanctus chime
And glance across to that deserted pew.
In the Perspective of Eternity
The pain is nothing — but, ah God, in Time.