And of the Butterfly –
And of the Breeze – Amen!
- F 23 (1858)
Most people who have attended Christian services are familiar with this Trinitarian formula first recorded as uttered by Jesus (Matthew 28:16): "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit". From this springs the notion of the Holy Trinity--a triple godhead but with three distinct manifestations. The formulation is not only used in baptism but in prayers, liturgies, and perhaps most familiarly uttered when making the sign of the cross.
The alliteration and slant rhyme of Bee and Breeze unify the poem and the four anapests--two in the first line and one each in the subsequent ones move it along briskly. The spondee of the 'Amen!' at the end punctuates the poem with conviction. All in all, a delight!