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At the Dawning of the World

Updated: Dec 28, 2020


The Trustees and Management Committee of the Centre for Marian Studies send very best wishes to all our members during this Christmas season and hope that we will be able to join together for Marian events in 2021.


Sarah Jane Boss has written this evocative poem on Wisdom for you to read and enjoy during the Christmas season. It is introduced by the Antiphon on Wisdom for the 17th December.


'O Wisdom, you come forth from the mouth of the Most High. You fill the universe and hold all things together in a strong yet gentle manner. O come to teach us the way of truth.'

At the Dawning of the World

Tumbling through eternity like tinsel streamers turning and spiralling in space; laughing with the voices of handbells at Christmas; casting colours like evening sunlight on pastures of northern green and the clear midnight sky of midsummer; like marigold, vetch and violet, and flowers of flax, and virginia creeper at Michaelmas; passing unseen like the scent of myrrh or of lavender, frankincense or damask rose; soft to touch, like the fur of a kitten or petal of rose; and prickly, like moss to the tongue; and rough, like tree bark, and smooth, like tree wood, and damp, like the red of the yew: thus were the angels; and their taste was like the sweetest apple and almonds, like strawberries found in hedgerows, like unleavened wheaten bread and new blood-black wine. Wherever they looked or felt or listened or tasted or smelt, there they found Wisdom. In earth, water, air and fire, in sun and moon, in river and snail, in rock and dragon, in air and tree: in trunk or in branch, in twig or in leaf, in bark or in vein: in each and in all, wholly present was infinite Wisdom.

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