THE CHRISTIAN QUOTATION OF THE DAY
Christ, our Light
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Advent I
Commemoration of Charles de Foucauld, Hermit, Servant of the Poor, 1916

Awake, glad heart! get up, and sing!
It is the birth-day of thy King.
Awake! awake!
The sun doth shake
Light from his locks, and, all the way
Breathing perfumes, doth spice the day.
 
Awake, awake! heark how th’ wood rings,
Winds whisper, and the busie springs
A concert make;
Awake! awake!
Man is their high-priest, and should rise
To offer up the sacrifice.
 
I would I were some bird, or star,
Flutt’ring in woods, or lifted far
Above this inne
And rode of sin!
Then either star or bird should be
Shining or singing still to thee.
... Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), The Poetical Works of Henry Vaughan, Boston: Osgood, 1871, p. 119 (see the book; see also Isa. 44:23; Ps. 57:8-9; 85:9-12; 96:11-13; 108:2-3; Isa. 9:6; 49:13; Matt. 1:21; Luke 1:31-33; 2:8-14; Rev. 5:13; more at Gladness, Heart, King, Light, Sacrifice, Star)

 
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