He will come, he will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.
The verse comes from Abp Rowan’s poem ‘Advent Calendar’ (The Poems of Rowan Williams, Oxford, Perpetua Press, 2002, p. 15). The nativity scene is a study for a stained-glass window by Edward Burne-Jones.