Advent to Candlemas (Vol. 1)

The Baptist Cries

The Baptist cries, the Virgin prays,
  Life quickens with Isaiah;
Eyes bright, we count the shortest days
  Waiting for The Messiah:

The purple of our penitence
  Confronts our sinfulness
Threatened by scarlet opulence
  Plunging into excess:

Darkness alive with candle flame
  Lit by the Spirit's fire;
Our saviour born in seeming shame
  Child of sublime desire.