Recusants of Middle-Earth

Hobbits of the country Shire

(Pilgrims with crude farming tools)

Servants of the Secret Fire

(Priests concealed in stifling holes)

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Ring of Power from Sauron’s hand

(Becket’s ring King Henry claimed)

Darkness falling o’er the land

(More and Margaret’s parting pain)

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Evenstar of an Elvish maid

(Relics torn from Catholic breasts)

Secrets in a broken blade

(Swords that severed martyrs’ necks)

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Enchanted string The Bearer climbs

(Brave Pearl of Tyburn with her rope)

A cape that can both warm and hide

(Bold Lady Nithsdale with her cloak)

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Tokens from an elfin queen

(Gifts from Mary, full of grace)

Spider’s Cave pierced by the gleam

(Tower cell turned sacred space)

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Crawling o’er Mt. Doom’s debris

(Dragged through London’s muddy lanes)

Through hellish ash no one can see

(Vision dimmed by bitter rain)

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Ugly beings with deadened eyes

(Crowds are jeering all around)

In coarse Black Speech their insults rise

(Hot blood is splattered on the ground)

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Ageless Middle Earthen lay

(“Te Deum” sung at Campion’s trial)

Water Silver, Havens Gray,

(Hearts torn out, lips in a smile)

By Avellina Balestri

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