“Veni, O Oriens”

O Morning Star, first of all the sons of light
And source from whom all other lights have sprung,
You shine the splendor of your Father’s glory,
Rising over all his righteous Sun
With healing in your wings for those you call.
Come, Dayspring, break on those who sit in night;
Pour forth abroad your glory’s shining beams
To wake all those who sleep in shades of death.

Heath near St Hippolyte at the Foot by Christian Ernst Bernhard Morganstern

This is a verse expansion or meditation on the fifth of the O Antiphons; the first and second poems in this project appeared two weeks ago and last week respectively, and the third and fourth earlier this week. I hope and expect to finish this series next week.

As always, I earnestly welcome your questions, suggestions, or other comments about this or any other part of my work. If you’d like to read more of my poetry, you can read my archive (also organized in more manageable installments); get my book, which contains over sixty of my best poems, each paired with a public-domain illustration or drawing; or follow this blog for (now only occasional) new poetry (among other things). You may also share this poem with others, subject to my sharing policy.


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