At last I’m free to visit Church today;
What State dare silence this ecstatic hymn?
Hallelujah, O Lord, how oft we pray
to be free—and now we’re free! Yet we brim
with need for more. I hear the choir sing
of love and salvation. Pray, are we saved?
I trust in Thee; Thou art my mask. I cling
to hope: it is not my time. A nurse waved
at me, fatigued. Has she not seen Thy Light?
What can I do but keep her in my prayers?
Ah, now I’ve taken ill. Why didst Thou smite
me with the Plague? O, bring her up the stairs
to Heaven; we’ll bask in newfound freedom.
In death, dear nurse, I sing you this Te Deum.
for the brave nurses battling the pandemic
On November 26, the Supreme Court ruled that New York’s limits on attendance at houses of worship in areas hit hard by Covid-19 violated the First Amendment.