John Donne: God clothed himself in vile man’s flesh

20 12 2011

A remarkable little piece by John Donne

Oh let me then, his strange love still admire:

Kings pardon, but he bore our punishment.

And Jacob came clothed in vile harsh attire

But to supplant, and with gainful intent:

God clothed himself in vile man’s flesh, that so

He might be weak enough to suffer woe.

John Donne, The Complete English Poems (Penguin 1996 pg 313)


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