“Christmas” by Charles Williams

Here is a poem entitled “Christmas,” from the collection Windows of Night.
Happy Christmas to you!

“Let us go a journey,”
Quoth my soul to my mind,
“Past the plains of darkness
Is a house to find
Where for my thirsting
I shall have my fill,
And from my torment
I shall be still.”

“Let us go a journey,”
Quoth my mind to my heart,
“Past the hills of questing,
By our ghostly art,
We shall see the high worlds,
Holy and clear,
Moving in their order
Without hate or fear.”

“Let us go a journey,”
Quoth my heart to my soul,
“I shall never thrive
On the world’s dole.
Past the streams of cleansing
Shall a house be found
Where is peace and healing
For my aching wound.”

By the streams of cleansing,
By the hills of quest,
By the plains of darkness,
They came to their rest.
As the kings of Asia,
They went to a far land;
As the early shepherds,
They found it close at hand.

When they saw Saint Joseph
By their ghostly art,
“Forget not thy clients,
Brother,” quoth my heart.
When they saw Our Lady
In her place assigned,
“Forget not thy clients,
Mother,” quoth my mind.

But my soul hurrying
Could not speak for tears,
When she saw her own Child,
Lost so many years.
Down she knelt, up she ran
To the Babe restored:
“O my Joy,” she sighed to it,
She wept, “O my Lord!”

About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a PhD student in English and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University. She also serves as Chair of the Language and Literature Department at Signum University, online. Her latest publication is an academic essay collection on "The Inklings and King Arthur" (Apocryphile Press, December 2017). Her interests include British Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, and magic. She holds an M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Sørina blogs about British poet Charles Williams at The Oddest Inkling, wrote the introduction to a new edition of Williams’s "Taliessin through Logres" (Apocryphile, 2016), and edited Williams’s "The Chapel of the Thorn" (Apocryphile, 2014). As a creative writer, Sørina has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" (2007) and "Caduceus" (2012).
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1 Response to “Christmas” by Charles Williams

  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Thank you for this! Would it be too far-fetched to say, of the “soul”, from “qui sitit, veniat” (“Where for my thirsting / I shall have my fill”) in stanza one, to a sketch of an important part of the Christmas novel, The Greater Trumps, in stanza six (to prefer a ‘teaser’ to a ‘spoiler’ in how I put it)?

    Happy Fifth Day of Christmas, the Feast of St. Thomas of Canterbury (a good time to refresh one’s acquaintance with Murder in the Cathedral, perhaps in the superb Caedmon Records dramatization, available somewhere online…?)!


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