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And he hied him hither.

He slept as a babe

Alone with peace, from the day o'erpast,

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With no fond hope that his heart might ask
Unsatisfied. Oh, happy those who find their

heaven
In sweet content ! For content is Heaven !
Who miss not joy's fruit growing by the way,
In the dear lowly paths of every day,
When God is the sower.



One more mission on earth had He :
The mission to create Man's affinity.



" It is not good that man should be alone,

I will make him a mate ! The hearth and home

Will claim her for their queen ;

With gentle manner and pure, sweet thought,

She will charm man's soul, so that care for naught

Of trying contact — will take wings and flee.

Sleep, gentle soul ! From thee shall spring
A perfect ideal. Holy wedlock's ring
With both I will encircle.
Then bliss may beget sweet images fair.
And childish voices shall echo the prayer
Of homage to Jehovah."

Thou Germ of germs who did intend

Life to be a glorious flower, whose blooming

Time could never wither or end :

Unroll ! Unwind ! Unravel Reason's Mystery,

And make her wheel a circle of simplicity !



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Oh gentle reader ! Could ye resist

That great temptation ? Then why persist

In falling each little day. . . .

For less .... far less than Adam's sin ?

Could we think simple thought and pure,

Then Good and Evil would demur

Of their intention.

For every deed or action in Life's field

Solves first the problem. . . .

In height or depth will I build ?

Every thought framed in the infinite mind,

Immerges therefrom and denotes to expression

The degree of kind. . . . whether noble or base.

Is it a good to hide evil deeds

By showering on poverty's children their needs?

Naught but the soul knows the struggle within,

Its striving to rise

From persistent temptation of Sin.



Oh Morning ! Unmatched in Nature's beauties,

And made blessed b)' the glorious sun :

Who calleth AWAKE ! and Life honoring Duty,

Springs to activity and Day is begun.

But more lovely than thou in thy loveliest hour,

And sweet as the fragrance of the sweetest flower,

Is she whom thou hast brought.

A golden shower of waving tresses

Crowns her ; with clinging caresses

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They half hide dimpled shoulders and noble

breasts.
With eyes of a perfect heavenly blue,
And changing only when love shines through
To a still deeper and dearer color.
With unspeakable tenderness in her beautiful

face,
With light steps of peerless, exquisite grace,
She approacheth her future husband.

Her robe the royal one of purity,

Is bedecked with no jewel save modesty.

Adorning Innocence ! Thou art the test

Of what offspring shall repose in thy nest

Or rock in generations' cradle.

The premier lover .... clad in similar robe.

And armed with respect and courage bold,

Went forth to greet her.

' ' Woman thou art ! The essence of Man !

With thee communion is dearer, than

All else in this fair world."

Man's heart is a simple precious thing

That resembles the vital golden spring

Of a watch Time's teller.

But no time will ever be dearer to man,
Than that moment when felicitous love
First began to enter. When heart beats
Resound in another heart, as an echo



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lyingering as a loved song while apart,

Or walking life's path together.

Oh little day ! How sweet art thou

When ruled by Love's caresses and vows,

For Labor she cheereth.

But liveth a soul of sufficient content.

Who doth not crave for more ?

True happiness often overflows,

And sends sorrow to close the door.



Ah expected to-morrow ! Why cannot ye fore-
tell.
What tragedies are woven by magic spell,
Ro und thy future moments ?
For in time's lazy hour Sin doth cajole,
Beware ! The saddest duty pressed on a soul,
Is freedom from work or knowledge.

God gave man the soil to till.

And Adam went forth with loving will.

To do his divine bidding.

The God-sent woman to man grown dear,

Lingered at home — unmindful of fear,

Nor dreamed of harm befalling.

Where fleddest thou Art, in all thy beauties ?
Where, tell me where were life's homely Duties,
That Idleness now held sway ?







CANTO IV.
Clothed in invisible Hypocrisy,
The Impostor foul entered man's sanctity,
And Peace went home to God.
Not as an aerial meteor when it falls
In natural glory : Nativeness proclaiming

Whence came it But an incorporeal spirit

Imitating a living snake,

He blinded goodness guarding at Eden's gate

For Man's foe.

Watchful Uriel gazing on its cunning charm,

Saw it crawl slowly from outside Harm,

Thinking it had strayed.

" I shall not question spirits that dwell here,
lycst recognition fill them with dread fear,
And I lose Gain."

Suppressed surprise shot in startled gleams,
On the beauties which seemed true sunbeams

Of Paradise his old home.

But the next vision filled him with despair !
It was a flower-decked path, where loving pair
Walked hand in hand.

* * Creatures of most mysterious mould !

Ke . . . God-like : She, God-like through him :

Two loving hearts now free from Sin :

The first inhabitants of this great world.



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Writhe on my soul ! Will envy burst it asunder

With those sweet glances ?

Doubtless one little blunder
Shall cast them from their high estate.
What gentle converse speaks those lips ?
Hark ! . . . The secret of their existence

In the bud I'll nip

Then scheme to cause it ruin.

Oh blessed language that gives me the key !
T'is obeyance. To touch not yon lofty tree,
Or Death shall be the doom."

Oh tender Bard, my heart doth cry



Why ? . . .Why did not greater God,
Defy Satan to conquer man' s will ?

Nay doubting faith! Would' st thou know all?
Man's will was free given. Small were the gift
If Obeyance demanded that will.

Wandering far from her native bowers

Went Eve. Gathering here and there a flower,

As fancy pleased.

Ye bordered paths where beauty dwells

Can ye not whisper to our hearts and tell

Where lies the stinging adder ?

Awake ye breezes and with singing note

Bear Deception o'er thy waves.

Afloat in her wicked bark.



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Coiling itself by the right of way,

An evil-eyed hideous monster lay

Innocent apparently from outward form,

But with a black purpose— That life would mourn

Should Gain be the fulfillment.

' ' Did God command ye shall not taste

Of every fruit ? Oh Woman haste !

And partake that ye might be as gods
Who walk through life having open eyes :
Surely thou knowest that nothing dies
By His decree."

Persuaded by these accents mild and sweet,

She directed her steps to where nature replete

Was blooming.

" Ah dearest beloved ! I will bring to thee

Food for gods. For to know good from evil

Will be wisdom unsought ! ' '

With fast flying feet she went to greet

Her master. She bore in her hand the seed

Of emotional Passion.

Flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone,

Could man resist his very own

And conquer?

If love completely own the will

Selfishness cannot awake to instill

Her individualism.

Adam partook of the morsel without fear . . .



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But in Heaven God shed a tear
For the consequences.

With amorous play— for thought delayed Danger,
They sped to their pure unbridaled chamber —
And Virtue fled.



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CANTO V.

A ladder made of extended angels' hands
Descended from Heaven's portal. The spiritual

band
Upheld God's chariot.
Blessed memory can ye ever trace,
Another sight more dear than God's own face,
For mortal vision ?

In the cool eventide of Eden's last day,
The Infinite Father sought two who wandered

away
From His precious fold.
Can the soul of a parent ever repress.
The yearning love in his wounded breast
For the prodigal?

In accents reproachful though tender and sweet
God questioned Adam. . . . '* Did'st thou eat
Of the forbidden fruit?"

* ' The Woman whom thou gavest offered to me
And I accepted. The warning word from Thee
Went uncherished. ' '
" What is this that thou hast done?"
The woman answered— '' The serpent won
My heart by his beguiling. ' '

The Minor key of God's heart was touched
As deep as sounds saddest strain. Hushed
Was the Major, tone.

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His all-seeing eyes pierced the accursed spirit

With full understanding. Unhallowed Merit

Added to Wickedness the Sin of Deception.

* ' Cursed art thou above cattle and beast !

No pity — even of Measure's least

Can deserve claim for thy transgression.

On thy belly shalt thou go the days of thy life

With nought save dust to eat :

Woman's seed vi^ith Enmity's strife,

Over thee shall triumph !

Woman ! I will multiply thy sorrow and con-
ception
And thy desire shall be to thy husband !
With protection he shall rule over thee.

Adam ! Thou hast harkened to the voice of thy

wife,
And cursed is the ground for thy sake !
All through life shalt thou eat of it.
Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to thee,
And the herb from the field ;
No bread shall there be
Save by the sweat of thy face."

Then God made Adam and Eve coats of skin
And clothed them. For when Sin is naked
Darker pollution beginneth.

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'' Lest man stretch forth his hand and partake

Of Life's Tree and live forever—

His eyes no more shall see his native Eden."

Driven from home ! Wanderers on Barth !
Fallen through Sin ! Naught save the promise
That birth v^ould restore their heritage.

Though Time was the Night v^^hen God wended

His way,
The Sky was living blue as when pure day
Made it visible.

For Darkness fled before primitive Light. . . .
On rolling clouds of ethereal white
Sailed the Pilgrimer.
Silence immense possessed God's soul
For the lofty idea, dreamed of the whole
Conception of man missed expression.
But the tears welling from His pitying eyes,
Dropped to earth— and Hope, unmasking Disguise
Proved those tear-drops more precious than dew.
For Commonplace Life by their moistening power
Added Genius and Skill and an endless dower
Of blessings for man.
Then relative Major wept with her Minor

At the bier of common Sorrow

Were their lamentations heard ?



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CANTO VI.

A hideous monster reached Hell's dark gate :

A crawling Serpent With eyes of per-
fidious hate

At beholding his transformation.

" BESTIR ! BESTIR ! And let me in !

With triumph I return to the field of Sin

With glory to be crowned."

His companions, receding with awful fear

Trembled. Would God relieve them with one
lone tear

When Remorse subsided ?

What doom in judgment could equal this ?

Ah ! Hell itself had owned one bliss

Above such phrenetic curse.

Palsied of might and speech and thought

For one instant They arose a screeching

mass

And sought to flee from Belial.

In weird supernatural commanding cry,

The Monster ordered them not to fly,

But pause and listen.

' * Stagnant this region compared with the world

I have lately visited. Your Chief

Hath unveiled the mystery ! "

No shout of victory burst from that throng

At such declamation . . Beelzebub wearied long

By such boasts denounced them.

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* * Hollow thy hopes and aspirations !
Success is not linked with thy apopthegm,
Else thou mockest this synod of gods.
For if victory thou had'st been crowned,
would Dragon be the baneful bedaggled sound
To express thy title ? ' '

Abaddon . . . stung to the quick by his false

friend
Blasphemed the Deity. Doubt began to contend
With inquisitive Curiosity.
Amid insulting hissing and disparage
Appolyon staggered. Seemingly their chief sage
Was momentarily vanquished.

'' Hail Fate Hail ! We embraced thy fetters

When we linked Destiny to Death.

Are we not debtors

To the King of Pandemonium ? ' '

Care .... worn deep by superstitious fear

Sat on Apollyon's brow . . . Sadly drear

Seemed their abasement.

But dauntless in courage and goaded by conceit,

He rallied mighty Force to Will

' ' Ye golden-eared Wheat ! Shall ye all turn to

chaff?
Hark ! . . Tetrarchs : Kings : Potentates :
Draw near while I unfold to you
How late this personation I practised. "



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Silenced by such a bold glosing lie

They assembled once more. Hushing wail and

cry
Till Duplicity should be expounded.
" Picture an orb of elementary worth,
Where proud Nature recently hath given birth,
To water and productive land :
Where Seasons .... Winter and budding Spring
Blossoms to blitheful Summer bring,
Filling Autumn's harvest with plenty.
Where many a winding river doth flow,
Where gentle, temperate zephyrs blow
Stillness to play with Activity :
Where proud old oaks shade the hot sun's blaze,
Where cowslip and daisy grow in clustered ways,
To form downy couches :

Where the lion gambles with the gentle gazelle,
Where warbling birds flit o'er field and dell.
Filling the air with melody :
Where the pomegranate, the fig and golden apple
And a tonic wine from the grape doth ripple.
Quenched thirst to satisfy :
Where the bee forgetting his cruel sting.
Drops on a flower to rest his pretty wing.
And sips the sweet honey.
Where silver streams that laugh and bubble.
And mirror the swan to a shadowy double.
As she sails proudly by.

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Where the auricula, the daffodil and queenly rose,
And every fair flower that imagination knows,
Bloom and waft their fragrant perfume.
Where away from God and alone in Space,
We may find a Utopian sequestered place,
To reign supreme.

But it seemeth within your souls ye question,
For the method of the Most High's figured

intention
For such glorious creation ?
Friends and Foes ! The problem of greatness is

this—
That we weave till we weave out her simpleness,
And laugh Intricacy to scorn.
Dwelling and flourishing on one hemisphere
I beheld two human forms. But not in fear
Did I approach them,
lyiving in Love they were easily led,
And mistaking Wrong's voice for Right's instead
Have received the annats of preferment.
Already Man's seducement has been completed.
And Wrong has abolished the eternal right
Deeded to him from God.
Shall ye sojourn in this pestiferous realm,
Where anathema and aceldama overwhelm
The spirit with despair ?
Shall ye embrace such attollent fortune.
And laugh with fickle chance and high promotion,

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Or send a more honest Investigator? "
Disease, Distemper and apeing Mimicry,
Disrespect, Adultery and perjured Abscondry,
Disembogued their affirmation.
But Melancholy and drunken Revelry,
Purlonged Theft and suspicious Jealousy,
Consu'ted with Theurgy and Confusion.
" Brethren ! It is no ambiguous arcanum,

That eminence in Hell is withheld —

But migration in force might be opposed.

This mismatic atmosphere rooms no perlieu for
Joy,

But Consideration bids Caution be deceptively
coy.

In our attempt of possession.

In little bands let us emigrate there,

To foretaste of this land. As spirits

Perchance man will be unaware

Of our presence. ' '

On the features of the fierce Misanthrope

A visible satisfaction dawned. Oh alluring Hope !

Would his dream be realized ?



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CANTO VII.
Seated on the high exalted Throne

Of the Omnipotent' s Dominion

I beheld a Lamb as pure as snow.

His countenance was like unto the sun,

Emitting the life-giving rays

That Time cannot outrun

Because Strength is unparalleled.

His eyes were more tender than all eyes above,

And in their depths burned the continual fire of

love,
Rekindling in uplifted eyes below.
His mellifluous voice was as the sound
Of many waters, whose varied tones but roll

around
The mysteries of condition.
His snowy raiment, woven with God's hands.
Was gently girdled with unalloyed golden bands.
Arid wear retained it spotless.
Round about that noble Jesu head —
Which seemed immaculate God instead,
An emerald rainbow circled.
And twenty elders kneeling before that Throne,
Tuned their gold harps to one true unison tone,
Then sang the Hallelujah chorus :
BLESSING AND GLORY AND HONOR,
THANKSGIVING, WISDOM AND POWER,



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BK UNTO OUR GOD FOREVER AND EVER

AI.LELUJAH ! AMEN.

But e'er those sweet hosannah's died away,

The incense rose and through the mistlike ray,

The Godhead was made visible.

Father .... Son .... and Holy Spirit,

The Comforter that souls through grace inherit.

And from violation are sanctified.

The Annointed was pleading for the human race

That Providence created. No worthy case

Ever claimed so great an Advocater.

"See' St thou what hatred and revenge

Hath stirred the false Prophet ?

Behold he doth ascend to Man's colossal seat.

Shall Adam from Satan's temptation arise

And be as these Thy subjects? Or wilt Thou

disguise
All thought and knowledge of Sin ?
Will he fear his God enduring forever.
Because Thou art Truth and Righteousness

together
And the Rock of his salvation ?
Will Thy judgment be more desired than gold,
Yea, rather than much fine gold,
And sweeter than honey and the honeycomb ?
Shall he praise with psalm the Chief Musician,



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That marvelous lovingkindness made no ommis-

sion,
Of one beatitude? "

The Spirit of Goodness, who is Wisdom and

Might,
And the well-spring of understanding and light,
Spake a parable :

" An ugly weed growing in roadside way,
More hideous grew from day to day,
Until Merit passed it heedlessly by : j

Then it said to itself — nothing heedeth me !
I will contaminate all that approach, to see
What effect will develop !
But Life hath a mission for each loved germ.
Though its value Time has been late to learn,
As only Perseverance will prove.
An angel was sent from Heaven's gate.
To. seek through Time —be it early or late.
For an everlasting aromic incense :
He sought in each city and lovely nook.
He sought on the by-way and by babbling brook ,
But success failed to crown effort.
Discouraged with heat on Barren Way,
He gave up hope as he reached Highway,
When a hideous weed he spied :
He gathered it with loving hand,
And pressed it close in his girdled band,
Then soared on high again.



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Botanical Genus owned but one of the kind

And it held a hidden \nrtue

Blind to all eyes save God :
That hideous weed when purged of dross,
Was pressed until essence wended forth ,
The ethereal quintessence of heaven.

In that new kingdom where the world is the field,

Faithful children is the good seed it will yield,

But the tares are the children of the Enemy :

The love of Good, inborn in the human soul,

Is linked eternally to Will. Might in her whole

Strength cannot separate them.

Man in choosing Evil usurps not the Good

By one iota. But Discontent

Would expel Happiness forever.

Hail Wisdom ! Thy parable interpreted —

By Repentance through sacrifice souls may be led

To Redemption.

A paschal lamb oflfered on the altar of fire

-For atonement — shall blight the Evil One's desire

And save the race from damnation.

But the antitype promised for man's remission,

Is my beloved Son — What dearer offering could

Sin
Demand from the Giver? "
Love ineffable through Christ's features shone
Until God's image mirrored His very own
Making Father and Son equal.

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'* Abba — I,et me so glorify Thy name,

That man shall worship God the same

As He whom thou hast sent.

Let Thy grace be sufficient for me

For whatever sacrifice Love doth not foresee —

May Thy will be done."

The Head of the great Melchisedec order

Bowed in rapturous reverence — ' * Children lauder

Hosannah to Jesus the Saviour. ' '

HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY !
BEHOLD THE BRIGHT AND MORNING

STAR!
HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!
WORSHIP THE LAMB FOREVERMORE !

Earth's religious theme then gladdened each ear,

And waiting listeners scarce breathed to hear

What its foundation would be.

'* Not as reigning Monarch or exalted King,

Not awaiting multitude to hail and sing

Thy approaching ascension.

But by the marvelous mystery of human birth.

Woman shall bear a babe who will gladden earth

With Peace, Good- will to man."



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CANTO VIII.
Through generations with sinful man
Forbearance lingered. Else the Divine plan
Had been abolished.

When multitudes covered the face of the earth,
God claimed one pure lineage of royal birth,
From Abraham to David.



The Almighty sent Gabriel to a chaste home

In Nazareth of Galilee : where a virgin alone

Knelt at devotions.

That spirit entered the unopened door,

And illuminating light darkened before

The brightness of His countenance.

' ' Hail thou that art highly favored !

The Ivord be with thee ! Blessed

Art thou among women."

The maiden, void of apparent fear,

As are those who worship God sincere.

Was amazed at such salutation.

" Fear not Mary ! That holy child born of thee.

And called Emmanuel . . . Interpreted shall be,

Jesus the Son of the Highest.

The lyord shall give him the throne of David,

And He shall rule over the house of Jacob,

His kingdom to have no end. ' '

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Virgin Purity blushed on Mary's brow,

And Honor demanded from the messenger,

• ' How shall these things be ? "

The announcing angel replied unto her,

* • The Holy Ghost shall come with power,

And overshadow thee."

" Behold the handmaid of the Lord,

Be it unto me according to thy word,"

And the angel departed from her.

Unseen . . . unheard . . . unfelt by all

Save Mary ... a something came from Heaven :

It clouded rounded the Virgin's form.

And entered by the Holy Grail of Purity :

Soft as a baby's willing kiss,

Ivight so light that sound would miss

Its advent ... so crept this God-sent Germ,

Of the eternal Father's treasured Son.

When virtuous passion plants a seed,

And Nature nourishes it in fields elysium,

It blossoms forth wonder indeed !

A little child, lyove's own expression.

But what doth nourish the infant soul,

That launches out in life new born ?

Is it not God's mysterious power,

That quickens -the breath through time's hour ?

Praise and thanksgiving filled Mary's soul.
With exceeding joy. Would not the whole
Universe call her Mother ?



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The psalms of the greatest earthly musician

Were by her forgotten :

But the Spirit for their omission

Inspired a Magnificat :

"MY SOUL DOTH MAGNIFY THE LORD,

AND MY SPIRIT HATH REJOICED

IN GOD MY SAVIOR.

FOR HE HATH REGARDED

THE LOW ESTATE OF HIS HANDMAIDEN.

FOR BEHOLD FROM HENCEFORTH,

ALL GENERATIONS SHALL CALL ME BLESSED.

FOR HE THAT IS MIGHTY

HATH DONE TO ME GREAT THINGS,

AND HOLY IS HIS NAME.

AND HIS MERCY IS ON THEM THAT FEAR HIM.

FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.

HE HATH SHOWED STRENGTH WITH HIS ARM,

HE HATH SCATTERED THE PROUD

IN THE IMAGINATION OF THEIR HEARTS :

HE HATH PUT DOWN THE MIGHTY FROM

THEIR SEATS,
AND EXALTED THEM OF LOW DEGREE :
HE HATH FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD

THINGS,
AND THE RICH HE HATH SENT EMPTY AWAY :
HE HATH HOLPEN HIS SERVANT ISRAEL
IN THE REMEMBRANCE OF HIS MERCY;
AS HE SPAKE TO OUR FOREFATHERS,
TO ABRAHAM AND TO HIS SEED FOREVER."



Far over the verdant plains of Judaea,
To the lovely town of Bethlehem so dear,

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Where pomp and pride are forgotten :

Where rustic sweetness and humbleness dwell

Side by side. Leaving joy on each brow to tell,

That happiness makes kings of peasants.

Thy cattle quench thirst from a small, clear

stream,
Then wander in meadow-grass to low and dream
Of the wind , the field and weather :
The meadow lark is thy native bird.
And all the year round is her melody heard,
From housetop, tree and heather.
Little children patter their baby feet
In the village of homes. Wild flowers sweet
Grow within thy borders.
Content is the great treasure of thy wealth,
And pureness of life doth assure thy health,
Making home a kingdom.

When the sun was hid in her cradle bed.

One irradiate star sentried overhead

Where a young child lay.

The humble manger whereon he slept

Was Heaven's choice. Could Sacrifice accept

A poorer dwelling?

Keeping watch over their flock by night,
Shepherds gazed in wonder at that star's light
Shining round about them.
But Lo ! The Lord's angel doth appear,

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Proclaiming to eager listening ear,

Tidings of joy for all people.

" In the city of David . . . this blessed morn,

The Saviour Christ the Lord was born,

Ye will find Him in a manger."

And suddenly an angelic throng

Lauded that angel's jubilant song.

Praising God and saying :

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST !

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST !

AND ON EARTH PEACE, COOD WILL.

When the angels were gone away from them.

They said ..." Let us now go even unto

Bethlehem,
And see this Thing which has come to pass."



On a comfortless bed of fragrant hay,

Life in the form of a baby laj^

Oh blessed motherhood !

A visible crown of blue ether light

Rested over him . . . nor darkest night


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