CONTEST – Clue # 3

I am heading to London tomorrow so I wanted to make sure I posted the next clue in our big give-a-way contest.

Here it is again:

Who can use clues from reading this blog to fill in the following, four-word sentence:

_________(4 letters)  ________    ________    __________

Send your suggested answer to this contest to bruce.matson@comcast.net.

Merton College 2Christ Church 3

Here is our clue:

OXFORD

It is well that there are palaces of peace
And discipline and dreaming and desire,
Lest we forget our heritage and cease
The Spirit’s work—to hunger and aspire:

Lest we forget that we were born divine,
Now tangled in red battle’s animal net,
Murder the work and lust the anodyne,
Pains of the beast ‘gainst bestial solace set.

But this shall never be: to us remains
One city that has nothing of the beast,
That was not built for gross, material gains,
Sharp, wolfish power or empire’s glutted feast.

We are not wholly brute. To us remains
A clean, sweet city lulled by ancient streams,
A place of visions and of loosening chains,
A refuge of the elect, a tower of dreams.

She was not builded out of common stone
But out of all men’s yearning and all prayer
That she might live, eternally our own,
The Spirit’s stronghold—barred against despair.

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No – I have not begun writing poetry since I arrived in Oxford.

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