Shepherds and Kings, warmth and light

Retable of the life of the Virgin, anonymous, c. 1480

At the turning point of time
the spirit light of the world
entered the stream of earth-existence.
Darkness of night
had ceased its reign;
day-radiant light
shone forth in human souls.
That gives warmth
To simple shepherds’ hearts;
that enlightens
the wise heads of kings.

Light divine,
warm our hearts,
enlighten our heads,
that good may become
what from our hearts we are founding
what from our heads we direct
with focused will.

— Rudolf Steiner

Retable of the life of the Virgin, anonymous, c. 1480

The paintings can be viewed in the Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France, which is also home to the Isenheim Altarpiece.

6 thoughts on “Shepherds and Kings, warmth and light

    1. Glad you enjoyed the paintings, they certainly struck me when I made a visit to the Musee Unterlinden some years ago. Happy New Year to you.

  1. What beautiful paintings, and a beautiful poem too! Merry Christmas (belatedly) and a very happy New Year to you. Thank you for all your writings.

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