Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Blessed Christmas to All

“Welcome, all wonders in one sight!
Eternity shut in a span;
Summer in winter; day in night;
Heaven in earth, and God in man.
Great little one, whose all-embracing birth
Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heav'n to earth.”

(From “In the Holy Nativity of our Lord” Richard Crashaw (1612-1649)
(Photo: R. L. Floyd)


  1. Super

    Charles Wesley wrote in his hymn "Let earth and heaven agree"

    "Our God contracted to a span
    Incomprehensibly made man"

    I wonder if he was inspired by Crashaw

  2. Michael,

    Quite possibly.

    Another connection: I first saw this Crashaw quote many years ago in a Christmas card from your predecessor at St Stephen's, our friend Andrew Wissemann, later bishop of the Western Mass Diocese.

    In any case, it is a deft phrase to get at the mystery of the incarnation.