Come forth from the holy place,
Sweet Child,
Come from the quiet dark
Where virginal heartbeats
Tick your moments.


Come away from the red music
Of Mary’s veins.
Come out from the Tower of David
Sweet Child,
From the House of Gold.


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Leave your lily-cloister,
Leave your holy mansion,
Quit your covenant ark.
O Child, be born!


Be born, sweet Child,
In our unholy hearts.


Come to our trembling,
Helpless Child.
Come to our littleness,
Little Child,
Be born unto us
Who have kept the faltering vigil.
Be given, be born,
Be ours again.


Came forth from your holy haven,
Come away from your perfect shrine,
Come to our wind-racked souls
From the flawless tent,
Sweet Child.


Be born, little Child,
In our unholy hearts.


Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C. (1921-2006) was Abbess of the Colettine Poor Clare monastery in Roswell, New Mexico Friar Journal. November 1957, p 36.