Lancelot Andrews Preaches a Nativity Sermon, December 25, 1622

The church was chilly, though the King had come
to hear the sermon; no braziers set out;
chill of December. Andrewes, golden-tongued,
delivered words describing the long route
the Magi took, the trials they endured:
In solsitio bumali—”the dead
of winter”; they rode wearying miles obscured
by fog and snow; high prices paid for bread;
camels refractory. December’s cold
had frozen all the streets of London so
only the faithful of soul had made bold
to don warm clothing, to get up and go;
to celebrate in an unheated space;
cold coming of it; yet the warmth of grace.

David Landrum teaches Literature at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His poems have appeared in First Things, Christianity & Literature, Dappled Things, Anglican Review, and in many other journals and anthologies.


'Lancelot Andrews Preaches a Nativity Sermon, December 25, 1622' has 1 comment

  1. April 11, 2022 @ 9:12 pm Cynthia Erlandson

    This is a beautiful sonnet, and a smooth and lovely blending of the image of the magi with that of the parishioners in the church.

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