John Donne on Luke 2:6–7


Immensitie cloystered in thy dear wombe,
Now leaves his welbelov’d imprisonment,
There he hath made himselfe to his intent
Weake enough, now into our world to come;
But Oh, for thee, for him, hath th’Inne no roome?
Yet lay him in this stall, and from the Orient,
Starres and wisemen will travell to prevent
Th’effect of Herod’s jealous generall doome.
Seest thou, my Soule, with thy faith’s eyes, how he
Which fils all place, yet none holds him, doth lye?
Was not his pity towards thee wondrous high,
That would have need to be pittied by thee?
Kisse him, and with him into Egypt goe,
With his kinde mother, who partakes thy woe.


~ from Luke, ed. Beth Kreitzer, Reformation Commentary on Scripture, NT Vol. III, p. 48