Passing Thoughts on Ember Day


Let not a thought pass by unchallenged ; hold

It to attention ; note its form and dress.

Though it be as a beggar garbed, and poor,

It may be sent with purpose, all untold

If let to go ; it may have power to bless

Him who invites it through the open door.

The beggar may a traveller’s pack unfold

To fill the room with a strange loveliness

Which in that place was never known before,

And may rekindle fires long dead and cold.

The gorgeous ones that come with pomp and pride,

They take possession and demand their due.

Not thus the visitor that Peter knew,

The  Beggar that for beggars lived and died.


Weekly Times     15.6.62