The House of Christmas

There fared a mother driven forth
Out of an inn to roam;
In the place where she was homeless
All men are at home.
The crazy stable close at hand,
With shaking timber and shifting sand,
Grew a stronger thing to abide and stand
Than the square stones of Rome.

For men are homesick in their homes,
And strangers under the sun,
And they lay their heads in a foreign land
Whenever the day is done.

Here we have battle and blazing eyes,
And chance and honour and high surprise,
But our homes are under miraculous skies
Where the yule tale was begun.

A child in a foul stable,
Where the beasts feed and foam;
Only where He was homeless
Are you and I at home;
We have hands that fashion and heads that know,
But our hearts we lost—how long ago!
In a place no chart nor ship can show
Under the sky’s dome.

This world is wild as an old wife’s tale,
And strange the plain things are,
The earth is enough and the air is enough
For our wonder and our war;
But our rest is as far as the fire-drake swings
And our peace is put in impossible things
Where clashed and thundered unthinkable wings
Round an incredible star.

To an open house in the evening
Home shall all men come,
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.
To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless

And all men are at home.

G.K.Chesterton (1874–1936) – author of Father Brown Stories

La casa del Natale

Là camminava una madre costretta
a vagare fuori dalla locanda;
nel luogo in cui lei fu senza una casa
tutti gli uomini sono a casa.
C’era a portata di mano una stalla malconcia
fatta di legno traballante e sabbia scivolosa
che diventò qualcosa capace di reggere e resistere
più delle pietre squadrate di Roma.

Perché gli uomini hanno nostalgia di casa anche nelle loro case,
e si sentono forestieri sotto il sole,
e si coricano in terra straniera
ogni volta che il giorno finisce.

Qui abbiamo battaglie e occhi ardenti,
e occasioni e onore e grandi sorprese,
ma la nostra casa è sotto i cieli prodigiosi
dove il racconto di Natale ebbe inizio,

Un bambino in una sudicia stalla,
dove le bestie mangiano e schiumano;
solo là, dove Lui fu senza una casa
io e te siamo a casa.
Abbiamo mani che plasmano e teste che apprendono
ma abbiamo perso il cuore – tanto tempo fa!
in un luogo che nessuna nave o nessuna mappa
può mostrare sotto la volta del cielo.

Questo mondo è selvaggio come il racconto di una vecchia,
e le cose semplici sono strane,
sono sufficienti la terra e l’aria
per farci meravigliare o combattere.
Ma il nostro riposo è lontano come il soffio del drago
e la nostra pace è riposta in cose impossibili
dove ali favolose si scontrarono tuonando
attorno a una stella incredibile.

A una casa aperta, di sera,
giungeranno tutti gli uomini,
in un luogo più antico dell’Eden
in una città più alta di Roma,
alla fine del viaggio della stella errante,
fino a cose che non possono esistere eppure esistono,
nel luogo in cui Dio fu senza una casa

e dove tutti gli uomini sono a casa.
(L.Z.)

immagine: Giotto – Cappella degli Scrovegni (Padova)

65 thoughts on “The House of Christmas

  1. Abito vicino ad Ancona , vedo se è bel tempo i sibillini e il monte San Vicino 1300 metri. Il mare anche in bici 25 minuti!. Tu hai molti carati….mai stato lì, ho studiato a Milano ecco il mio curiosare

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      1. Oh Alan I am so sorry I had a feeling something was wrong I enjoy your work so much and I like it when you like something I do or say my prayers are with you and of course God is always with you please take care of yourself get stronger ,,please !! 🎸🎷📚🌩🌞

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      2. Alan I promise I will push you with my strength and I have the strength of a lion I’ve been through hell in childhood in marriage and life my health is just about destroyed but we have an intestinal fortitude that comes from our Lord I will keep you close in my heart I promise I’m just ready to make an appointment to a veterinarian Which is far away from here I need a ride I think my little kitty cat she’s very small even though she’s almost 9 she’s a aqMaine Coon but she’s very tiny she’s the only one that lived in the litter and her mama died I took care of her mama outside but this is sweet potato and I believe sweet potato might have had a heart attack a couple of days ago about 2 days ago she’s been acting very sluggish she won’t get up she don’t want to eat she’s usually running around the house like a a spinning wheel crazy into everything loves flowers loves everyone but she was choking really badly the other night the other morning excuse me and I thought maybe it was a hairball Maine Coons have that long hair and I brush her often but I’m hoping to get a ride to get there this evening and I don’t know why I’m telling you this but there’s got to be a reason and so I’m going out feed the Cardinals and the Blue Jays and my favorite the Ravens they sit on my shoulder when I go out there it’s cold very cold and I make these peanut butter sandwiches for them which they love and so I’ll be doing that in a few minutes wish me luck my heart tells me you are going to be fine I have no idea how old you are I’d say you were somewhere is over 50 and I have no idea what your procedure was but you lived you made the great race when you were born you’re a great swimmer and your well-loved on here I can see that I got to get in touch with my wonderful fellow blogger and yours too Luisa zambrotta which I love dearly and our prayers and everyone else’s will work I hope you have a good home environment where you can flourish and thrive and I hope you have people around you it’s very important it was just my husband Jane and I for 45 years I am was 25 years younger than him I walked away from my family of abuse and he was my mentor and he was a good man at that time going to college and very involved in the music world he was great and everything he did of course the change came somewheres in his sixties but that’s a whole new topic my thoughts are with you and we are going to try for some kind of a prayer line I’m God does open God does pay attention to prayers when two or more are gathered in his name it has to be true it just has to be there has to be a reason for all this madness here so I don’t want to ramble Allen I promise I will push you with my strength and I have the strength of a lion I’ve been through hell and childhood in marriage in life my health is just about destroyed but we have an intestinal fortitude that comes from our Lord I will keep you close in my heart I promise I’m just trying to make an appointment to avett Marion which is far away from here I need a ride I think my little kitty cat she’s very small even though she’s almost 9 she’s a Maine Coon but she’s very tiny she’s the only one that lived in the litter and her mama. I took care of her mom outside but this is sweet potato and I believe sweet potato might have had a heart attack a couple of days ago about 2 days ago she’s been acting very sluggish she won’t get up she don’t want to eat she’s usually running around the house like a spinning wheel crazy into everything loves flowers loves everyone but she was choking really badly the other night the other morning scares me and I thought maybe it was a hairball Maine Coons have that long hair and I brush your often but I’m hoping to get a ride to get there this evening and I don’t know why I’m telling you this but there’s got to be a reason and sell I’m going out and feed the Cardinals and the Blue Jays and my favorite the Ravens listed on my shoulder when I go out there it’s cold very cold and I make these peanut butter sandwiches for them which day love and so I’ll be doing that in a few minutes wish me luck my heart tells me you are going to be fine I have no idea how old you are I say you were somewheres over 50 and I have no idea what your procedure was but you lived you made the Great Race when you were born your grade swimmer and you’re well love done here I can see that I got to get in touch with my wonderful fellow blogger and yours too please December Auto which I love dearly and our prayers and everyone else is will work I hope you have a good home environment where you can flourish and thrive and I hope you have people around you it’s very important it was just my husband Jean and I for 45 years I am was 25 years younger than him I walked away from my family of abuse and he was my mentor and he was a good man at. I’m going to college and very involved in the music world he was great at everything he did of course to change came somewheres in his sixties but it’s a whole new topic my thoughts are with you and we are going to try for some kind of a prayer line and God does open God does pay attention to prayers went to our Mora gathered in his name it has to be true it just has to be there has to be a reason for all this madness here so I don’t want to ramble speak to you very soon and check up on you very soon with me luck tonight at the vets please

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      3. Sorry the Mike got away from me again and that’s what it does when it happens and then it doesn’t correct itself it Prince is very embarrassing this happens every once in awhile when I’m on with luiza subrata it’s very embarrassing I can crawl under a rock when I read this but you get the gist of it I’m sorry it just repeated itself and then the words were all off my husband’s name wasn’t Jane it was Gene Gene not Jane wasn’t married to a woman never will be either well I hope I made you smile sometimes this thing going haywire not me the microphone sometimes this thing going haywire can do all kinds of stunts take care of my friend

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