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A Hymn of the Nativity, Sung by the Shepherds

By Crashaw, Richard

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Title: A Hymn of the Nativity, Sung by the Shepherds  
Author: Crashaw, Richard
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: Chorus. // COME we shepherds who have seen // Day's king deposed by Night's queen. // Come lift we up our lofty song, // To wake the Sun that sleeps too long. // He in this our general joy, // Slept, and dreamt of no such thing // While we found out the fair-ey'd boy, // And kissed the cradle of our king; // Tell him he rises now too late, // To show us aught worth looking at. // Tell him we now can show him more // Than he e'er show'd to mortal sight, // Than he himself e'er saw before, // Which to be seen needs not his light: // Tell him Tityrus where th' hast been, // Tell him Thyrsis what th' hast seen. // Tityrus. // Gloomy night embrac'd the place // Where the noble infant lay: // The babe looked up, and show'd his face, // In spite of darkness it was day. // It was thy day, Sweet, and did rise, // Not from the east, but from thy eyes. // Thyrsis. // Winter chid the world, and sent // The angry North to wage his wars: // The North forgot his fierce intent, // And left perfumes, instead of scars: // By those sweet eyes' persuasive powers, // Where he meant frosts, he scattered flowers. // Both. // We saw thee in thy balmy nest, // Bright dawn of our eternal day; // We saw thine eyes break from the east, // And chase the trembling shades away: // We saw thee (and we blest the sight)...


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