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Christmas Day - Poem by John Keble
What sudden blaze of song
Spreads o'er th' expanse of Heaven?
In waves of light it thrills along,
Th' angelic signal given -
"Glory to God!" from yonder central fire
Flows out the echoing lay beyond the starry choir;
Like circles widening round
Upon a clear blue river,
Orb after orb, the wondrous sound
Is echoed on for ever:
"Glory to God on high, on earth be peace,
And love towards men of love--salvation and release."
Yet stay, before thou dare
To join that festal throng;
Listen and mark what gentle air
First stirred the tide of song;
'Tis not, "the Saviour born in David's home,
To Whom for power and health obedient worlds should come:" -
'Tis not, "the Christ the Lord:"
With fixed adoring look
The choir of Angels caught the word,
Nor yet their silence broke:
But when they heard the sign where Christ should be,
In sudden light they shone and heavenly harmony.
Wrapped in His swaddling bands,
And in His manger laid,
The Hope and Glory of all lands
Is come to the world's aid:
No peaceful home upon his cradle smiled,
Guests rudely went and came, where slept the royal Child.
But where Thou dwellest, Lord,
No other thought should be,
Once duly welcomed and adored,
How should I part with Thee?
Bethlehem must lose Thee soon, but Thou wilt grace
The single heart to be Thy sure abiding-place.
Thee, on the bosom laid
Of a pure virgin mind,
In quiet ever, and in shade,
Shepherd and sage may find;
They, who have bowed untaught to Nature's sway,
And they, who follow Truth along her star-paved way.
The pastoral spirits first
Approach Thee, Babe divine,
For they in lowly thoughts are nursed,
Meet for Thy lowly shrine:
Sooner than they should miss where Thou dost dwell,
Angela from Heaven will stoop to guide them to Thy cell.
Still, as the day comes round
For Thee to be revealed,
By wakeful shepherds Thou art found,
Abiding in the field.
All through the wintry heaven and chill night air,
In music and in light Thou dawnest on their prayer.
O faint not ye for fear -
What though your wandering sheep,
Reckless of what they see and hear,
Lie lost in wilful sleep?
High Heaven in mercy to your sad annoy
Still greets you with glad tidings of immortal joy.
Think on th' eternal home,
The Saviour left for you;
Think on the Lord most holy, come
To dwell with hearts untrue:
So shall ye tread untired His pastoral ways,
And in the darkness sing your carol of high praise.
Comments about Christmas Day by John Keble
Poems About Christmas
- 1. A Child's Christmas In Wales , Dylan Thomas
- 2. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- 3. Christmas Bells , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- 4. Christmas Eve , Anne Sexton
- 5. A Christmas Ghost Story. , Thomas Hardy
- 6. A Family Christmas , Ernestine Northover
- 7. Jest 'Fore Christmas , Eugene Field
- 8. Christmas Party At The South Danbury Chu.. , Donald Hall
- 9. Christmas Carol , Sara Teasdale
- 10. Christmas - A Little Friend's Poem - Wri.. , Ernestine Northover
- 11. Remembrance Of Christmas Past , Judith Viorst
- 12. A Christmas Tree! A Christmas Tree! , David Keig
- 13. Christmas In India , Rudyard Kipling
- 14. A Christmas Carol , William Topaz McGonagall
- 15. What Reminds You Of Christmas? , Ernestine Northover
- 16. Christmas , John Clare
- 17. Sam's Christmas Pudding , Marriott Edgar
- 18. Lines For A Christmas Card , Hilaire Belloc
- 19. Christmas Spirit , Paul Moosberg
- 20. Our Christmas Tree , Ernestine Northover
- 21. Christmas Is Really For The Children , Steve Turner
- 22. Having Lost My Sons, I Confront The Wrec.. , James Arlington Wright
- 23. Christmas Fancies , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
- 24. Christmas - Senryus , Ernestine Northover
- 25. Christmas Holidays , Thomas Hood
- 26. From The Short Story A Christmas Dream, .. , Louisa May Alcott
- 27. This Section Is A Christmas Tree , Vachel Lindsay
- 28. A Christmas Carol, Sung To The King In T.. , Robert Herrick
- 29. Christmas At Mel’s , C.J. Heck
- 30. The Christmas Night , Lucy Maud Montgomery
- 31. A Hymn For Christmas Day , Thomas Chatterton
- 32. A Tale Of Christmas Eve , William Topaz McGonagall
- 33. Music On Christmas Morning , Anne Brontë
- 34. Baby's First Christmas (Children) , C.J. Heck
- 35. Christmas At The Orphanage , Bill Knott
- 36. A Christmas Wish , David Keig
- 37. A Christmas Carol , George Wither
- 38. The Cast Of Christmas Reassembles For Ea.. , Steve Turner
- 39. For Christmas Day , Charles Wesley
- 40. Christmas Treasures , Eugene Field
- 41. Christmas , Henry Timrod
- 42. Modern Love Xxiii: 'Tis Christmas Weather , George Meredith
- 43. Christmas Spirit , Tess Gurney
- 44. The House Of Christmas , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
- 45. The Christmas-Box , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- 46. A White Christmas , Carla Jean Laglia Esely
- 47. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' Christmas Card(Being An .. , Dónall Dempsey
- 48. (728) Christmas Joy , Melvina Germain
- 49. Christmas Day , John Keble
- 50. The Greatest Birthday (Christmas Chris.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
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- Christmas Is Here, Tirupathi Chandrupatla
- Christmas Eve, Natasha Onken
- Christmas Comes And Christmas Goes, Dorsey Baker
- And Now It's Christmas, Loyd C. Taylor, Sr.
- Christmas Is Love, Dorsey Baker
- Merry Christmas My Love 2, Michael P. McParland
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- carpe diem