So He came forth, the Universe-maker,
Heaven-measurer, to be confined within
The breadth of a womb.
He who had stretched out the heavens
As a gauze curtain was prepared to be
Swaddled in linen.
The Earth-founder, Layer of foundations
Upon nothing, came where He could be
A Babe in a manger.
The Creation-commander, Orderer of
Star, and planet, and comet became
An obedient Child.
Maker of the rivers, and the Former
Of the baptising saint, He willingly
Was baptised in Jordan.
Himself the Word, whose breath can consume,
Yet He answered Satan's assaults
With words of Scripture.
This restriction, to not please Himself
But do the will of His Father,
Gave Him great joy.
Some ruled as kings, or emperors, or priests
Over God's people; but in God's Messiah
Men saw the Carpenter.
He who could move on the wings of the wind
Or fly on the cherub, contented Himself
To walk on His feet.
Through these restrictions
There was this that was unlimited:
The communion of a Son with a Father.
(Callanish, 3 June 2022)
Farewell to Lewis