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First Line: Alone - with one fair star for company
Last Line: That fair star trembles through my falling tears.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lake, Claude
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The

ALONE -- with one fair star for company,
The loveliest star among the hosts of night,
While the grey tide ebbs with the ebbing light --
I pace along the darkening wintry sea.
Now round the yule-log and the glittering tree
Twinkling with festive tapers, eyes as bright
Sparkle with Christmas joys and young delight,
As each one gathers to his family.

But I -- a waif on earth where -- er I roam --
Uprooted with life's bleeding hopes and fears
From that one heart that was my heart's sole home,
Feel the old pang pierce through the severing years,
And as I think upon the years to come
That fair star trembles through my falling tears.

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