Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Epiphany in song and poetry

The children loved watching this video.

And though my favorite Epiphany poem is Eliot's Journey of the Magi, I thought I'd share this one by John Henry Newman. Although not specifically a poem about the Magi's journey, it evokes many of the same themes and imagery.

Lead, Kindly Light

Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home—
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene—one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on.
I loved to choose and see my path; but now,
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

May we seek and find Him in the Light!


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