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CHRISTMASSE DAY, by            
First Line: Wonders birthday / which maks't decembers face
Last Line: It selfe more full on this contracting day.
Subject(s): Christmas; Jesus Christ; Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Women In The Bible; Nativity, The; Virgin Mary

WONDERS Birthday
Which maks't Decembers face
Fairer then May,
And bidst ye Spring give place
To fresher Winter, in whose hardie Snow
A Flowre more sweet then ye wholl Spring doth grow.

For Winter now
A Virgin Plant espies
Which all his snow
Could never equalize:
More white, more chast is shee, yet fertile too:
The King of Miracles would have it so.

For Hee it was
Who would be borne below
And find a place
Amongst poor Us to grow:
Him selfe He planted in our Dust, that Hee
Might be as true a Mortall Thing as wee.

That He should get
A Birth all clean & pure,
Him selfe He set,
And by that Art was sure.
Proud flesh corrupts & staine's ye Seed we sow:
He, planted by his Spirit will spotlesse grow.

His Father vaunteth not
Though glorious He
So great a Son hath got.
Wherfore Heavn orders that a Virgin be
The Lilly-Mother of his Puritie.

Upon ye white
Church-wall oftimes have I
Observ'd ye Light,
Which darting from ye Skie
Peirce'd ye unbroken Glasse, & wth it brought
The orient colours in ye Window wrought.

So from his sphear
The Lord of Light doth come,
And passing here
His chrystall Mothers womb,
Leaves her intirely whole, yet brings away
Her perfect Image, borne as Man to Day

He who did wear
Gods radiant boundlesse Forme
Shrinks Himselfe heer
Into a simple worme.
Heavn's moulded up in Earth, Eternity
Grasp'd in a span of Time doth bounded ly.

All Paradise
Collected in one Bud
Doth sweetly rise
From its fair Virgin bed:
Omnipotence an Infants shape puts on:
Immensitie becomes a Little One.

But onely Love
Would not thus scanted be
But stoutly strove
'Gainst this Conspiracie
Of strange Epitomies, & did display
It selfe more full on this contracting Day.

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