Welcome the wanderer...


On page twenty-five of The Winged Child, Amelia Montford, Millicent McTeer's mother, sings this little song to a suppertime crowd at Hillhaven Inn. A reader at home in a liturgical Christian tradition might see it as a Eucharistic image.

The author won't deny that the song could be about that, too, and Millicent herself would be convinced that everybody who hungers is welcome at God's table, whether the table is set at Hillhaven Inn, or in a refugee camp, or if one can't find a better place, even in church.

Welcome to the wanderer, the stranger at our door,

It matters not your origin, if you be rich or poor,

We only ask your right good will to share our humble feast,

We'll drink health to the mightiest and drink joy to the least,

for none is lesser than the rest and none the more than all

who gather at our table here to fill our love-lit hall.


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