A wound inflicted by arrows heals, a wood cut down by an axe grows, but harsh words are hateful – a wound inflicted by them does not heal. Arrows of different sorts can be extracted from the body, but a word-dart cannot be drawn out, for it is seated in the heart.


The illustration is ‘Angel bearing a lance’ by Domenico Guidi, with the inscription “vulnerasti cor meum” (“you have wounded my heart”, Song of Songs 4:9). Eastern side of the Ponte Sant’Angelo in Rome. Uploaded to Wikimedia by Marie-Lan Nguyen (User:Jastrow)

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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