1. Ed Whitney says

    The one and only G.K. Chesterton (which badly needs to be set to music):

    There is heard a hymn when the panes are dim,
    And never before or again,
    When the nights are strong with a darkness long,
    And the dark is alive with rain.

    Never we know but in sleet and in snow,
    The place where the great fires are,
    That the midst of the earth is a raging mirth
    And the heart of the earth a star.

    And at night we win to the ancient inn
    Where the child in the frost is furled,
    We follow the feet where all souls meet
    At the inn at the end of the world.

    The gods lie dead where the leaves lie red,
    For the flame of the sun is flown,
    The gods lie cold where the leaves lie gold,
    And a Child comes forth alone.

  2. James Wimberley says

    Not off-topic: Charles Gaba’s “” spreadsheet gives the ACA enrolments on Christmas Day as 1,829,378 new covered by private policies, 4,014,222 new Medicaid enrolees (including half a million or so mass administrative transfers from state programmes), total 5,843,600. That’s 26% of the CBO projection for 31 March 2014.
    “The darkness did not overwhelm it.”