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When the dawn-blood of our day bled
On its flooded sunset death bed,
Then the stark burst of a star's birth
Lit the cursèd dark on straying earth.
Now a sky-light at the twilight 5
Guided aging sages all night
From the Far East till the star ceased
Near a fabled child mid stabled beasts.
In a straw bed was a starred boy,
And the light he shed instilled joy, 10
For our sin's gloom, in his sun-gleam,
Is illumined by a wond'rous beam
Healing blind eyes, making minds wise,
Ever bringing things their true guise.
In his soft glow, from aloft flow 15
Long remembered ardors embers know
To the dim hearth of the dark heart
To be kindled by divine art . . .
May our star-lit sparkles flare up awed
By your love light, Christ, our Infant God!20
Cf. Mt 2, 1–12.
The intended meter is as follows:
It is especially important to observe this meter in line 13.
The meter of the last two lines, however, changes and runs thus:
1. Dawn blood of our day bled: a symbol of Adam and Eve's original righteousness lost in original sin.
2. Its flooded sunset death bed: a symbol of the proliferation of sin after the Fall.
8. Fabled child: the birth of the Messiah had been foretold in such texts as Is 7, 14 and Mi 5, 1 4. Matthew quotes the first verse of the latter text in the present account.
9. Starred boy: although the star led the Magi to the Christ-child, Jesus is himself the morning star (cf. Rv 2, 28; 22, 16) who lights our way.
14. Ever bringing things their true guise: the light of Christ allows things to appear as they truly are.
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This poem is © Copyright 2002 by Stephen Wentworth Arndt, Ph.D.