Melchior Vulpius

b. 1560 (?) — d. 1615

BY MARIANNE MOORE
a contrapuntalist —
composer of chorales
and wedding hymns to Latin words,
but best of all an anthem:
“God be praised for conquering faith
which feareth neither pain nor death.”
Ear chained, we have to trust
this mastery — “one which
no one understands — which someone has
acquired and is able to
direct.” Mouse-skin-bellows’-breath
expanding into rapture saith,
“Allelujah.” Almost
inmost absolutist
and fugue-ist, “Amen”; slowly building
from miniature thunder,
crescendos antidoting death —
love’s signature cementing faith.