Preparing for Advent

Today begins the Nativity Fast.  And so, a little verse from Auden.  This is taken from the opening sections of “For the Time Being:  A Christmas Oratorio”.

The Pilgrim Way has led to the Abyss.
Was it to meet such grinning evidence
We left our richly odoured ignorance?
Was the triumphant answer to be this?
The Pilgrim Way has led to the Abyss.

We who must die demand a miracle.
How could the Eternal do a temporal act,
The Infinite become a finite fact?
Nothing can save us that is possible:
We who must die demand a miracle.

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