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NEW PRINCE,NEW POMP

Around the palms, and o'er the streams,
   And on the shepherd's head.
      Be near, through life and death,
         As in that holiest night
      Of hope, and joy, and faith—
         Oh! clear and shining light!


NEW PRINCE, NEW POMP

Behold a simple, tender Babe,
   In freezing winter night,
In homely manger trembling lies;
   Alas! a piteous sight.

The inns are full; no man will yield
   This little Pilgrim bed;
But forced he is with silly beasts
   In crib to shroud his head.

Despise him not for lying there;
  First what he is inquire:
An Orient pearl is often found
   In depth of dirty mire.

Weigh not his crib, his wooden dish,
   Nor beasts that by him feed;
Weigh not his mother's poor attire,
   Nor Joseph's simple weed.