There is a Christmas sentiment here: The Shepherds seeking a new Christ Child for restoration of the True Christian Religion. And what is this about "westward hence thy course will hold?" There is the obvious astronomical reality of the light or sun setting in the west, but the New World was discovered and inhabited by Europeans before the time Henry Vaughan lived. Could he have been holding out hope that a new revelation or restoration could come there away from corrupt Europe and England? Maybe so.
The problem is that current political and religious power in the United States leaves me in the same despairing worry as Vaughan.
Maybe somewhere in the West there will be a new Nativity of True Christianity.
|Cochiti Pueblo Nativity by Louise Suina|