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A CHRISTMAS LULLABY

Ages of silence end to-night;
   Then to the long-expectant earth
   Glad angels come to greet His birth
In burst of music, love, and light!


A CHRISTMAS LULLABY

Sleep, baby, sleep! The Mother sings:
Heaven's angels kneel and fold their wings.
                     Sleep, baby, sleep!

With swathes of scented hay Thy bed
By Mary's hand at eve was spread.
                     Sleep, baby, sleep!

At midnight came the shepherds, they
Whom seraphs wakened by the way.
                     Sleep, baby, sleep!

And three kings from the East afar,
Ere dawn came, guided by the star.
                     Sleep, baby, sleep!

They brought Thee gifts of gold and gems.
Pure orient pearls, rich diadems.
                     Sleep, baby, sleep!

But Thou who liest slumbering there,
Art King of Kings, earth, ocean, air.
                     Sleep, baby, sleep!