I salute you!
There is nothing I can give you which you have not;
but there is much that, while I cannot give, you can take.
No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today.
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant.
The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it yet, within our reach, is joy.
And so…I greet you with the prayer that for you,
now and forever, the day breaks, and the shadows flee away.
The Portland Revels hopes for joy for you and everyone in our community. Take Joy!
Adapted from Fra Giovanni Giocondo’s (c.1435–1515) letter to his friend, the Countess Allagia Aldobrandeschi on Christmas Eve, 1513. Fra Giovanni was a Renaissance architect, engineer, antiquary, archaeologist, classical scholar, and Franciscan friar.