The London Magazine - - THEOPHILUS KWEK -

The sum of his pos­ses­sions when We took him: mor­tar, pes­tle. An

Inkwell, dry. Fine dye, coins to weigh Leaves of gram­mar, a pil­low for

The wrist. Robes, bound in crisp pa­per. Where he tow­elled his feet af­ter

Rain, a stool, chis­elled to a squat. Out­side the door a low stair led

Un­der the al­ley where they mourned Their lost seam­stress and her hus­band

To a musty base­ment, and here We found last year’s olives in jars,

A lit­tle fruit wine, in­cense like A tal­is­man. Half of these we took

As gifts to the in­fir­mary, Leav­ing the rest for when the time came

To close the ac­counts, sell the house With its fur­nish­ings com­plete. Those

Who moved in after­wards, we found, Had all the right con­vic­tions.

Hag­gai of Ox­ford, a Christian Dea­con and stu­dent of He­brew, was burnt alive in 1222 af­ter em­brac­ing the Jewish faith ‘for the love of a Jewess’. – The Dun­sta­ble An­nals

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