Art: Joyous Challenge

That All, which alwayes is All every where,

Which cannot sinne, and yet all sinnes must beare,

Which cannot die, yet cannot chuse but die,

Loe, faithfull Virgin, yeelds himselfe to lye

In prison, in thy wombe; and though he there

Can take no sinne, nor thou give, yet he'will weare

Taken from thence, flesh, which deaths force may trie.

John Donne, the 17th Century cleric who wrote these words, was a great enough poet to rise to the loftiest challenge any Christian artist can face: the translation of faith into the...

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