"He can bring thy summer out of winter"

... he brought light out of darkness, not out of a lesser light; he can bring thy summer out of winter, though thou have no spring; though in the ways of fortune, or understanding, or conscience, thou have been benighted till now, wintred and frozen, clouded and eclipsed, damped and benumbed, smothered and stupified till now, now God comes to thee, not as in the dawning of the day, not as in the bud of the spring, but as the sun at noon, to illustrate all shadows, as the sheaves in harvest, to fill all penuries.

From a sermon of John Donne, preached on the evening of Christmas Day, 1624.

Merry Christmas.

(The painting is William Dyce, 'Madonna and Child', c.1827-30.)


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