Cardinal Manning

Prince, whom the people praised, though not the great
Men, mulling with their money-boxes through
The palaces of chance and keeping state
From slums that opened out their hearts to you –
Your glory blazed through London when you died:
In gold and scarlet, you, etherial, lay
Among the ragged ones, who were your pride,
As you were theirs, even more starved than they.
Your portrait shows you robed in God’s own fire
Of love, a skeleton of charity,
Whose eyes, too brilliant for their time, inspire
One most unlike you momentarily
To share the sight you, hungry, could endure:
Christ crucified again in all His poor.