Our American Holidays - Christmas/God Bless Us Every One

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"God bless us every one!" prayed Tiny Tim,
    Crippled, and dwarfed of body, yet so tall
Of soul, we tiptoe earth to look on him,
  High towering over all.

He loved the loveless world, nor dreamed, indeed.
    That it, at best, could give to him, the while,
But pitying glances, when his only need
    Was but a cheery smile.

And thus he prayed, "God bless us every one!"
    Enfolding all the creeds within the span
Of his child-heart; and so, despising none.
    Was nearer saint than man.

I like to fancy God, in Paradise,
    Lifting a finger o'er the rhythmic swing
Of chiming harp and song, with eager eyes
    Turned earthward, listening—

The Anthem stilled—the angels leaning there
    Above the golden walls—the morning sun
Of Christmas bursting flower-like with the prayer,
    "God bless us Every One!"

  1. From " Sketches in Prose." Copyright 1900, by Bobbs-Merrill Company. Reproduced by special permission.