What gleaming and pellucid light is this
That dances from the darkness into view,
As gently kind and tender as a kiss,
Drawing the violet warmth out of the blue—
What is this gracious, guiding, welcome light
That, numinous, its blessing shines on me
And bids me then, so warmed and kindled bright,
In turn to shine? ‘Tis Hospitality.
What, then, the lantern lighted as we part
To guide and keep us as we wander on,
No longer cold and dark as at the start,
Though time find us all yet asunder, gone—
What is the lamp that makes each soul a sun
And lights the path to gather us anew
From ends of earth, that beckons everyone
Back home? It’s Love that lights the whole way through.
There’s comfort in the midst of darkest night
Where Love and Hospitality alight.