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CHRISTMAS

That little children might be bold
   In perfect trust to come to Him.

All round about our feet shall shine
   A light like that the wise men saw,
If we our loving wills incline
   To that sweet Life which is the Law.

So shall we learn to understand
   The simple faith of shepherds then,
And, clasping kindly hand in hand,
   Sing, "Peace on earth, good-will to men!"

But they who do their souls no wrong,
   But keep at eve the faith of morn,
Shall daily hear the angel-song,
   "To-day the Prince of Peace is born!"



A CHRISTMAS HYMN

ALFRED DOMETT

It was the calm and silent night!
    Seven hundred years and fifty-three
Had Rome been growing up to might,
    And now was Queen of land and sea.
No sound was heard of clashing wars;
    Peace brooded o'er the hush'd domain;
Apollo, Pallas, Jove and Mars,
    Held undisturb'd their ancient reign.
        In the solemn midnight
            Centuries ago.