Bote

[Note: the word is pronounced “boat”. – Owen]


The true bote of our guilt and shame,
The expiation of our hate,
To own the truth and take the blame,
And not to self-exonerate

These medieval virtues seem
And ancient wisp or fading dream:
For now, all innocence is bought,
And our one sin is getting caught


From Middle English bōte (“advantage, benefit, profit; relief, salvation; atonement, amends, expiation; cure”)


Picture credit : Yung Chao Chen

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