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YULE TIDE.


Life’s harvest is not reaped until
 The Christ within has grown
To perfect manhood, and self-will
 By love is overthrown.


Such manhood gained concludes the strife
 That makes the babe a boy;
’Tis thus the seed becomes a life,
 The life becomes a joy.


The eyes that weep are eyes that see,
 And swift are pilgrim-feet;
Ah! hope at length may come to be
 Than memory more sweet.