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Friday, December 9, 2011

The Christmas Night by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Wrapped was the world in slumber deep,
By seaward valley and cedarn steep,
And bright and blest were the dreams of its sleep;
All the hours of that wonderful night-tide through
The stars outblossomed in fields of blue,
A heavenly chaplet, to diadem
The King in the manger of Bethlehem.

Out on the hills the shepherds lay,
Wakeful, that never a lamb might stray,
Humble and clean of heart were they;
Thus it was given them to hear
Marvellous harpings strange and clear,
Thus it was given them to see
The heralds of the nativity.

In the dim-lit stable the mother mild
Looked with holy eyes on her child,
Cradled him close to her heart and smiled;
Kingly purple nor crown had he,
Never a trapping of royalty;
But Mary saw that the baby's head
With a slender nimbus was garlanded.

Speechless her joy as she watched him there,
Forgetful of pain and grief and care,
And every thought in her soul was a prayer;
While under the dome of the desert sky
The Kings of the East from afar drew nigh,
And the great white star that was guide to them
Kept ward o'er the manger of Bethlehem.

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  1. I really grow tired of the repetition of the Christmas story in various media. Bah, humbug. Nicely written, but the subject matter is not my cup of tea.

  2. I love, love the different versions of the Christmas story. Whether by poems, songs or psalms. This poem is one of the best I've read. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. very nice, how does the bitcoin stuff work, im still confus

  4. I've never heard of the poet or the poem but it is classic Christmas. Is that where it ends? Or is there more? In any case it's very nicely rendered.

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