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poem for Epiphany

Today is Epiphany, traditionally the “twelfth day” of the Christmas season and the celebration of the Magi’s visit to the Christ child. I thought I’d share this little poem from my Watch for the Light book. (I’ve discovered, through a bit of Internet research, that it’s actually an excerpt from the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, by Gian Carlo Menotti – go here for an interesting synopsis and a bit of history about the opera, written for TV in 1951.)

The child we seek
doesn’t need our gold.
On love, on love alone
he will build his kingdom.
His pierced hand will hold no scepter;
his haloed head will wear no crown.
His might will not be built
on your toil.
Swifter than lightning
he will soon walk among us;
he will bring us new life,
and receive our death.
And the keys to his city
belong to the poor.

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