A Christmas Carol

for
All Good Soldiers and Sailors

 

Anne C. Dalton

Vancouver, British Columbia
In the Year of Grace MCMXIV




 

A Christmas Carol

for
All Good Soldiers and Sailors

 

I.


On a Christmas morning
     Did great Gabriel say:
“Jesu, Son of Mary,
     Bide with us to-day.

“Is it not unseemly

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     That this bitter morn,
’Mid the hosts of Herod,
     Mary’s Babe be born? [page 1]

“Scattered are Thy shepherds,
     Scattered are Thy sheep,

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Armies on the hillside
     Ceaseless vigil keep.

“Burning is the manger,
     Maddened is the beast,
Bearing arms, the Wise Man

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     Cometh from the East.

“See! Thy Mother Mary,
     Bleeding on the ground;
And the meek St. Joseph
     Dies without a sound.

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“With the weeping Angels
     Shuddering afar,
Tremulous and fainting,—
     Pales the Bethlehem Star. [page 2]

“Murderer of Mary!

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     World of hate and scorn!
Not for you shall Mary’s
     Holy Child be born!

 

II.


“SCATTERED be My shepherds,
     Stricken be My sheep,

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Though My mother Mary
     And good Joseph sleep,—

“I, the Babe of Bethlehem,
     To the earth will go:
Never holier Noël

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     God nor man may know.

“Burning be the manger,
     Maddened be the kine, [page 3]
Shepherds, Kings or Wise Men
     Shall not lack a sign.

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“Hover, herald Angels!
     Sparkle, Wonder-star!
Where My weary soldiers
     And My sailors are.

“Shine upon the billow,

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     Meadow, stream and fen:—
There a thousand thousand
     Men have died for men.

“Carol, holy Angels!
     Sing your sweetest song

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For a world of heroes—
     Sing the whole day long! [page 4]

“Holy, herald Angels!
     Hail this happy morn!
’Mid the beasts of Bethlehem

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     Many Christs be born!” [page 5]