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TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 3. CHRISTMAS EVE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hark! The bells ringing
Last Line: Shrine of the soul, shrine of the new-born god—of man himself.
Subject(s): Christmas; Jesus Christ - Childhood & Youth; Love; Nativity, The


HARK! the bells ringing!
In the deep night, in the depth of the winter of Man,
Lo! once more the son is born.

O agelong, not in Nazareth alone,
Nor now to-day—but through all ages of the past,
The bells of Christmas ringing:
The Savior-music like a dream from heaven
Touching the slumbering heart.

Sweet promise which the people with unerring instinct cling to!
O winter sun arising never more to set!
O Nature slowly changing, slow transforming to the hearts of men,
Shrine of the soul, shrine of the new-born god—of Man himself.





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