Articles by Nathaniel Hayward


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The Transfiguration

What light of the heavens has lifted, And veil of flesh unfurled, Has torn at the seams and broken, The mask that covers the world: Gold is made pale and worthless, The sun is hidden in shame, For a light that is brighter than brightness, Has set the world aflame.   He rose as the…

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VERITAS

Who dances with lies makes merry with his death, For he that bends to a lie convenient, Or else hopes in lies that life be lenient, Is but a hollow corpse vainly walking, A thin reed talking, With winds of baleful voices blowing, A mortal shadow swiftly growing, And death bodily is but poor reprieve,…

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Silence: A Review

Martin Scorsese’s latest epic, Silence (based on the book by Shusaku Endo) centres on the character of Father Sebastião Rodrigues, a Portuguese Jesuit priest who travels to Japan along with his friend Father Francisco Garrpe, to find their former mentor Father Cristóvão Ferreira. Ferreira (played by Liam Neeson) is rumoured to have apostatised; to have…

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Christmastide

In the barren white of winter’s snow, With darkness all around, On wild paths where shepherds climb, And donkeys bear King David’s line, The Virgin humbly goes.   Wombed in warmth the Redeemer treads, Beneath the star that lights the land, For frozen palm and icy road, Or fallen rock and heavy load, Trouble not…

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The Global Architecture

In early November there came a rather surprising announcement. A minister of Her Majesty’s government expressed an opinion. To the abject horror of all right-thinking persons, John Hayes, the Minister for Transport, declared his intention to reverse the destruction of the great Doric arch which stood proudly over Euston train station from 1837 until its utter destruction…