Moonless darkness stands between.
Past, the Past, no more be seen!
But the Bethlehem star may lead me
To the sight of him who freed me
From the self that I have been.
Make me pure, Lord; thou art holy;
Make me meek; thou wert lowly;
Now beginning, and alway;
Now begin, on Christmas day.
– Gerard Manley Hopkins 1829-1844AD Poet and Jesuit Priest.