Grenville, R. H. [Beatrice C. Rowley]. “On Rereading the Christmas Story.” Christmas in Old Santa Fe. By Pedro Ribera Ortega. Santa Fe, NM: Sunstone, 1973. Page preceding Contents. Rpt. from Saturday Evening Post, 24 Dec. 1960: 97.

On Rereading the Christmas Story

How like that manger is the human heart:
Plainly functional, yet shaped to hold,
In trust, the sacred rhythm of a life,
Deep-cradled from the darkness and the cold.

How like that stable is the human heart:
The brute emotions stamping at its doors,
Yet hallowed as the birthing-place of love,
And now without its kingly visitors.