earth took of earth

earth takes of earth
but stone, this stone,
blood welling from it,
pulsing the ground
 
star took of night,
but God, these stars,
light shedding from them,
life flowing down
 
earthe took of earthe
enough in woe,
calling of earth
awaken us now.
 

The Lord said, ‘What have you done? 
Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground.’

– Genesis 4:10, Revised English Bible

 

(the Middle English poem “earthe toc of earthe” dates from around the year 1000.)

 

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