ON READING JACQUES BARZUN’S INTRODUCTION TO GULLIVER’S TRAVELS AND SEVERAL REMOTE PASSAGES NEAR THE END OF THE TEXT ITSELF
I have been a Greater man than I have ever seen,
sometimes, as my mind and spirit go Grand,
still in remembrance of sickened sepulchral times of sin
when I sat sick and only waited for my time to end.
Now I enlarge, as all the world stretches out
against my tread and cannot know that I but tremor and wish
to give as its edge twists with grand lent hands.
But then I fear my own size and length spans –
is it lies? It must be for no one knows.
And so are all the world’s Souls lost
as our Greatness only goes.
St-Lambert, circa 1984.