"Passing" was first published in Excalibur, edited by Richard Gilliam, Martin H. Greenberg and Edward E. Kramer; Warner Books, 1995. Copyright (c) 1995 by Charles de Lint.
Great God! I'd rather be
A pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn.
-William Wordsworth, from "The World Is Too Much With Us"