What does it mean to be saved? It is a tautology to state that salvation implies being fully human. To be fully human means, precisely, that one is saved, and to be saved is to be caught up in the always forever embrace of God the Father, all the while moving deeper into the heart of Jesus Christ.
In a helpful companion, The Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer Through Robert Frost, its editor Harold Bloom describes William Morris (1834–1896) as a “gifted lyrical and narrative poet.” It’s an uncontroversial description but perhaps a tad laconic, as is the rest of his two paragraph summary of Morris’ poetic reputation. Nevertheless, Bloom’s selection contains what I believe to be a quite under-rated poem, his “A Garden by the Sea,” reproduced below.