The Oxford Book of Modern Verse
is dated as I read it now, and nearly
swoon in the unfamiliar embrace
of nineteenth-century language
teaching the meaning of elevation,
like that of the host at a Catholic
Mass, held up to be seen by all
the faithful, and seeing, believing
a visitation of the embodied Christ.
In the wafer, in the wine––new life:
Eat, drink and be holy as I am holy;
I share myself with you in this sacred way.