Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2005

From "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear:"

It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old,
From angels, bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold:
‘Peace on the earth, good will to men from heav’n’s all gracious King.’
The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come, with peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heav’nly music floats o’er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains they bend on hov’ring wing.
And ever o’er its Babel-sounds, the blessed angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife the world has suffered long;
Beneath the angels’ strain have tolled two thousand years of wrong,
And man, at war with man, hears not the love song which they bring,
O hush the noise, ye men of strife, and hear the angels sing.

For lo! The days are hast’ning on, by prophet bards foretold,
when, with the ever circling years, comes round the Age of Gold;
When peace shall over the earth its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world give back the song which now the angels sing.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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