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AT BETHLEHEM: 1. THE CHILD, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Long, long before the babe could speak
Last Line: For they are motherless.
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Bethlehem, Palestine; Christmas; Nativity, The

LONG, long before the Babe could speak,
When he would kiss his mother's cheek
And to her bosom press,
The brightest angels standing near
Would turn away to hide a tear --
For they are motherless.

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