A Christmas Faggot
A CHRISTMAS FAGGOT
ALFRED GURNEY, M. A.
Vicar of S. Barnabas's, Pimlico
author of 'the vision of the eucharist and other poems' etc.
'The Darling of the world is come,
And fit it is we finde a roome
To welcome Him. The nobler part
Of all the house here is the heart,
Which we will give Him, and bequeath
This hollie and this ivie wreath
To do Him honour who's our King.
The Lord of all this revelling'
KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH, & CO., 1 PATERNOSTER SQUARE
(The rights of translation and of reproduction are reserved)
When the Angel of the waters
With a gold and silver wing
Gently stirred the wave baptismal,
Heard ye not their carolling
Who of old to Eastern shepherds
Heralded their King?
To the shepherds of His people
Still those angel-voices tell
How God's river feeds the fountain
Opened by Emmanuel,
Yielding the baptismal waters
Of salvation's well.
Children, you have passed those waters.
Love-begotten from the dead;
Will you make a gallant promise
When my verses you have read —
'We will trace life's lovely river
To the Fountain-head ' ?
Loch Leven : 1884.
It is the Incarnation that justifies all joy, and song is the expression of joy. The Gospel Songs all celebrate the Great Nativity. Birth and marriage are the occasions most sacred to mirth and music among men; and Christmas is at once the Birthday and the Marriage Festival of Humanity.
Glad and thankful shall I be if any song of mine should help to fan the flame of rejoicing love in any Christian heart at this holy and happy season.
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