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This poem is taken from PN Review 80, Volume 17 Number 6, July - August 1991.

More Mottoes F.T. Prince


Christi pennatus sidera morte peto
'Winged by the death of Christ I seek the sky':

To understand the claim
You have to know
The name,

The feather
And the stone,
Taken apart
To make the pun,
Then come together;
And as in Calvin,

Are the heart
Made hard by sin,
And faith by which alone
It learns to love
And fly


The family was called Best;
Like most a phantom
But for the shield and crest

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