‘Lo! A child is born’ – Hugh MacDiarmid

From Lo! A child is born by Hugh MacDiarmid (1892-1978)

I thought of a house where the stones seemed suddenly changed

And became instinct with hope, hope as solid as themselves,

And the atmosphere warm with that lovely heat,

The warmth of tenderness and longing souls, the smiling anxiety

That rules a home where a child is about to be born.

The walls were full of ears. All voices were lowered.

Only the mother had the right to groan or complain.

Then I thought of the whole world. Who cares for its travail

And seeks to encompass it in like loving kindness and peace?

The full poem is available hereMACDIARMID/HUGH/MORGAN.

The collected works of Hugh MacDiarmid are available here:

About Eddie Playfair

I am a Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC) having previously been a college principal for 16 years and a teacher before that. I live in East London and I blog in a personal capacity about education and culture. I also tweet at @eddieplayfair
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2 Responses to ‘Lo! A child is born’ – Hugh MacDiarmid

  1. nivekd says:

    And a very happy Christmas.
    Thanks for a year of humanity and stimulation.
    In solidarity

    Kevin Donovan


  2. And thank you for following, Kevin.
    Have a very happy New Year and I look forward to catching up in 2015.


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