now to God the Father", he ends,
his voice thrills up to the topmost tiles:
listener chokes as he bows and bends,
emotion pervades the crowded aisles.
the preacher glides to the vestry-door,
shuts it, and thinks he is seen no more.
door swings softly ajar meanwhile,
a pupil of his in the Bible class,
adores him as one without gloss or guile,
her idol stand with a satisfied smile
re-enact at the vestry-glass
pulpit gesture in deft dumb-show
had moved the congregation so.