Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE BIRTH SONG OF CHRIST, by EDMUND HAMILTON SEARS

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First Line: Calm on the listening ear of night / come heaven's melodious strains
Last Line: Breaks the first christmas morn.
Variant Title(s): Christmas Hymn;christmas Song;the Glorious Song;the Glorious Song Of Old;the Nativity
Subject(s): Christmas; Jesus Christ; Nativity, The

Calm on the listening ear of night
Come heaven's melodious strains,
Where wild Judea stretches far
O'er silver-mantled plains.

Celestial choirs from courts above
Shed sacred glories there;
And angels with their sparkling lyres
Make music in the air.

The answering hills of Palestine
Send back the glad reply;
And greet from all their holy heights
The Day Spring from on high.

O'er the blue depths of Galilee
There comes a holier calm;
The Sharon waves, in solemn praise,
Her silent groves of palm.

"Glory to God!" the sounding skies
Loud with their anthems ring;
"Peace to the earth, good will to men,
From heaven's eternal King."

Light on thy hills, Jerusalem:
The Saviour now is born,
And bright on Bethlehem's joyous plains
Breaks the first Christmas morn.

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