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ON CHRISTMAS EVE, by            
First Line: When he was gone, and christ mass came to mary
Last Line: To see this night a star and not a cross!
Subject(s): Christmas; Death - Children; Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Mothers; Women In The Bible; Nativity, The; Death - Babies; Virgin Mary

When He was gone, and christ Mass came to Mary,
Touching Judean hills with that strange light,
Did she see star and gift and kneeling shepherd,
Or did Golgotha pierce her shrinking sight?

Could she enshroud the past in future glory,
Forget her loss and all He suffered, too?
Or did she walk in loneliness and longing
As grieving earthly mothers always do?

He was her child, and she -- she was His mother;
With her I share a common, bitter loss:
Oh, teach me, Mary, Mother of Our Saviour,
To see this night a star and not a cross!

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