Wednesday, December 20, 2006

"A Christmas Carol"

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A Christmas Carol

"What means this glory round our feet?"
The Magi mused, "more bright than morn?"
And voices chanted clear and sweet,
"Today the Prince of Peace is born!"

"What means that star?" the shepherd said,
"That brightens through the rocky glen?"
And angels answering overhead,
Sang, "Peace on earth, good will to men!"

'Tis twenty hundred years and more
Since those sweet oracles were dumb;
We wait for Him, like them of yore;
Alas, He seems so slow to come!

But it was said, in words of gold.
No time or sorrow e'er shall dim,
That little children might be bold
In perfect trust to come to Him.

All round about our feet shall shine
A light like that the wise men saw,
If we our loving wills incline
To that sweet Life which is the Law.

So shall we learn to understand
The simple faith of shepherds then,
And clasping kindly hand in hand,
Sing, "Peace on earth, good will to men!"

And they who do their souls no wrong,
But keep at eve the faith of morn,
Shall daily hear the angel-song
"Today the Prince of Peace is born!"

- by J.R. Lowell

9 comments:

Shalee said...

That was beautiful and very much in the keeping of the reason for the season. Thanks Susanne.

Sarah said...

Beautiful carol.

Yey! your blog is working again I see, happy days :)

Linda said...

A beautiful poem. Thanks Susanne.

Air Force Family said...

Beautiful poem. Thank you Susanne.

Susie said...

This is so wonderful. I had to read it several times to let it really sink in. My brain is a little slow with all the sweets I have taken in over the last week.

Kim said...

That is beautiful...thanks for sharing and keeping the focus on Christ!
Kim

Karla said...

this is lovely! Thank you!

Blessings,
Karla

Heather Smith said...

Great carol! I've never seen that before! Great reminder of the reason Christ came!

Barb said...

Perfect, Susanne. This is beautiful.

My Mom is arriving any minute for our last official day together before all the rest of the family lands. So if I don't talk to you again before Christmas, I want you to know what a blessing you've been to me this year.

Getting to know you has been one of the very best results of blogging. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas.