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Christmas Carol
PHILLIPS BROOKS The earth has grown old with...

Christmas Dreams
CHRISTOPHER NORTH To-morrow is Merry Christmas; and ...

The Spirit Of Christmas
From Pickwick Papers. CHARLES DICKENS And numerou...

Ballade Of Christmas Ghosts
ANDREW LANG Between the moonlight and the fi...

Inexhaustibility Of The Subject Of Christmas
LEIGH HUNT So many things have been said of late yea...

The Adoration Of The Wise Men
CECIL FRANCES ALEXANDER Saw you never in the...

Merry Christmas
ANON In the rush of the merry morning, ...





Christmas






NAHUM TATE

While shepherds watch'd their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.

Fear not, said he (for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind);
Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.

To you, in David's town, this day
Is born of David's line
The Saviour who is Christ the Lord;
And this shall be the sign:

The heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view display'd,
All meanly wrapt in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid.

Thus spake the Seraph; and forthwith
Appear'd a shining throng
Of angels, praising God, and thus
Address'd their joyful song:

All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace;
Good-will henceforth from heaven to men
Begin, and never cease!





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