Monday, December 6, 2010

Madeleine L'Engle, Eve, and Advent

I hadn't seen this poem before (note to self, MUST pick up Magnificat from Church office!).

The Anchoress has featured it, coupled with a gorgeous piece of art by a nun. Don't miss it.


  1. Tante Léonie12/6/10, 1:41 PM

    I've got a good Advent poem:

    Drowsing, Half-Faithful by Geoffrey Hill

    What is there in my heart that you should sue
    so fiercely for its love? What kind of care
    brings you as though a stranger to my door
    through the long night and in the icy dew

    seeking the heart that will not harbour you,
    that keeps itself religiously secure?
    At this dark solstice filled with frost and fire
    your passion's ancient wounds much bleed anew.

    So many nights the angel of my house
    has fed such urgent comfort through a dream,
    whispered "your lord is coming, he is close"

    that I have drowsed half-faithful for a time
    bathed in pure tones of promise and remorse:
    "tomorrow I shall wake to welcome him."

  2. Haunting ... and very good.