Christmas in Cadence .2

Posted By on Dec 13, 2012 | 6 comments


Hello friends. I hope your Christmas days are gliding by like Tolkien’s elves in a throng of laughter, song, and merry feasting (and not, conversely, in an orc-like stomp of noise, which holidays are all-too prone to do). The poem below is by the modern poet, Richard Wilbur, a writer I have only recently discovered. His words are nourishing. They still me when I read them and work upon me like quiet hands that grip mine until I am calm. The work below is titled simply, A Christmas Hymn:

A stable-lamp is lighted
Whose glow shall wake the sky;
The stars shall bend their voices,
And every stone shall cry.
And every stone shall cry,
And straw like gold shall shine;
A barn shall harbor heaven,
A stall become a shrine.
This child through David’s city
Shall ride in triumph by;
The palm shall strew its branches,
And every stone shall cry.
And every stone shall cry,
Though heavy, dull, and dumb,
And lie within the roadway
To pave His kingdom come.
Yet He shall be forsaken,
And yielded up to die;
The sky shall groan and darken,
And every stone shall cry.
And every stone shall cry
For stony hearts of men:
God’s blood upon the spearhead,
God’s love refused again.
But now, as at the ending,
The low is lifted high;
The stars shall bend their voices,
And every stone shall cry.
And every stone shall cry
In praises of the child
By whose descent among us
The worlds are reconciled.
-Richard Wilbur

6 Comments

  1. Oh my. Love it! Thanks!

  2. How easily we miss the enormity of what we celebrate.
    Thank you for reminding me of this one. It is included in “The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems” from which we have read past years.

  3. Sarah,

    Thank you for sharing this one… A couple of Christmases ago this poem was e-mailed to me and I simply love it. I might have to re-share it during Epiphany.

    A blessed Advent season to you, friend!
    ~ J

  4. beautiful – I can see why you love his poetry! I do too!

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