The Riddle

 ◊  Saint Martin of Tours, pray for us

Shall I love God for causing me to be?
I was mere utterance; shall these words love me?

Yet when I caused His work to jar and stammer,
And one free subject loosened all His grammar,

I love Him that He did not in a rage
Once and forever rule me off the page,

But, thinking I might come to please Him yet,
Crossed out ‘delete’ and wrote His patient ‘stet’.

— Richard Wilbur

 

Stet is Latin for “Let it stand.”