Art and Theology: “At Christmas” by Frank O’Malley

Max Ernst (German French, 1891–1976), Thirty-Three Little Girls Set Out for the White Butterfly Hunt, 1958. Oil on canvas, 137 × 107 cm. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. Photo: Victoria Emily Jones.

Let the Christbrand burst!
Let the Christbrand blazon!
Dartle whitely under the hearth-fire,
Unwind the wind, turn the thunderer,
And never, never thinning,
Forfend fear.
Flare up smartly, fix, flex, bless, inspire,
Instar the time, sear the sorcerer,
And never, never sparing,
Save all year.
Let the Christbrand burst!
Let the Christbrand blazon!

This poem appears in Scholastic 115, no. 10 (March 1, 1974), a publication of the University of Notre Dame. It is also kept in the Francis J. O’Malley Papers in the university’s archives (see CFOM 7/26), though they do not own the copyright and do not know who does. I post it under Fair Use.

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Max Ernst (German French, 1891–1976), Thirty-Three Little Girls Set Out for the White Butterfly Hunt, 1958. Oil on canvas, 137 × 107 cm. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. Photo: Victoria Emily Jones.

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~Sunnyside

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Wonder- full!!! Thank you!

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    1. Good morning! Thanks for visiting, Renee. 🙂

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  2. Roger Joseph Stenson says:

    Indeed, the Season is of Christ. It is Christmas. It is not of elves and flying reindeer. It is of Jesus whose name means God Saves. Saving is the brand of Jesus Christ. Peace be to all people of good will.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Roger. 🙂

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  3. I love art that illuminates the light, light of a creator bursting forth, as in this work, reminds me of when God made the stars to blanket the dark skies, it was in my opinion an act and creation of kindness, lighting the night skies to guide us along on our journey, traveling by the stars. Blessings. ❤️

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    1. I agree – thanks for visiting, Bee. 🙂

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