Grace

Posted: December 24, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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Joy Davidman who, perhaps unjustly, is most noted for changing her surname to Lewis, on becoming C.S.Lewis wife.
She was a novelist and poet, and a searcher for the real, having declared herself an ‘Iron materialist’ and a card carrying communist, later through Lewis’s influence and writings she would finally find the real, when she became a Christian.

She came to Lewis attention after a letter she wrote contained amongst other things the following poem, which I think is wonderful –written regarding the Spanish civil war called:

Snow In Madrid

Softly, so casual,

Lovely, so light, so light,

The cruel sky lets fall

Something one does not fight.

How tenderly to crown

The brutal year

The clouds send something down

That one need not fear.

Men before perishing

See with unwounded eye

For once a gentle thing

Fall from the sky.

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