40 THE DISCOVERY OF THE CHILD
to the work which was beginning, I read part of a prophecy which
in the Catholic church forms part of the service of Epiphany on
the 6th of January, because this corresponded to the feast day
-chosen for the inauguration of the Children's House.
Isaiah, Chapter 60. " Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and
the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
" For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross
darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his
glory shall be seen upon thee.
" And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the
brightness of thy rising,
"Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather
themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from
far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
" Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall
fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be
converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto
" The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries
of Midian and Ephahj.all they from Sheba shall come: they shall
bring gold and incense; and they shall show forth the praises of
the Lord." . . . .
"Perhaps," I added as a conclusion, "it may be that this
Children's House may become a new Jerusalem, which, as it is mul-
tiplied among abandoned people, will bring light into education."
The newspapers of the day criticized these words as being
an exaggeration when applied to an enterprise,still so small.
So it was that when, a year later, there was opened another
tenement with its Children's House, the Institute del Beni Stabili
thought it best to suggest a serious speech which would give the
Italian public a clear idea of the truly valuable character of this
civic work of reform, and of its economic and social foundation.
This speech is reproduced in full in the next chapter, that
it may afford inspiration to those who are; engaged in the problem
of the "house" for those unfortunate people sunk in the misery