A-Z: Common sayings from the Bible: Alien corn


'Alien corn' provides the means to live, stripped of what makes life worth living. Keats' 'Ode to a Nightingale' refers to 'the sad heart of Ruth when, sick for home, She stood in tears amid the alien corn' (Ruth 1:66-67).


Ruth gleans (picks up grain missed by the reapers) in order to survive in Israel.

Read 'Ode to a Nightingale'

Bible References

Ruth 2:2-3
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