MORNING DEW: Jacob and the Angel, by Madeleine L’Engle

From Ladder of Angels

Mortal and angel wrestle through the night,
Jacob struggling, wildly wondering why
An angel should choose man for this strange fight.
The crystal ladder breaks the fragile sky
As angels watch the two throughout the dark.
Towards dawn the angel smites tired Jacob’s thigh;
Forever will he bear the wound and mark
God’s messenger has left him. And the light
Of all the watching angels rises high;
The crystal ladder breaks the fragile sky.
The world is hushed and still; the earth is stark,
Astonished at the angel’s choice and Jacob’s cry.
Forever will he bear the wound and mark
The Lord has left to show his humble might.
All those who wrestle thus must surely die
To live once more to show the wound’s strange sight.
The crystal ladder breaks the fragile sky
As angels rise and fall. The singing lark
Heralds the wild sun’s brightly rising eye.
Forever will he bear the wound and mark.

Worn Jacob limps to show that God passed by;
(The crystal ladder breaks the fragile sky
And light shines bright within the glowing dark)
Forever will he bear the wound and mark.

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