News: Mary’s England

Added Monday 16th December 2013

Mary’s infant carried high
Over the shingle band
To mellow England;
Th rough the mist
Jesus Christ
Borne on his muddy way
Th rough mossy England.

Safe from Herod’s murderous bands,
Safe from scarred and cruel hands,
In the dappled, grassy lands
Of melancholy England.

Ah! But woe was the day
Through the thunder and spray
When they went on their way
From lovely England:
For they raised him on high
On a cross there to die
But his last, saving cry
Reached Mary’s England.

Taken from Kevin Carey’s latest volume of Christmas poetry, No Lamb So Beauteous (Sacristy Press, 2013).