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First Line: Mary, from your throne of grace
Last Line: Who put no child tonight to bed.
Subject(s): Childlessness; Christmas; Jesus Christ - Childhood & Youth; Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Women In The Bible; Nativity, The; Virgin Mary

Mary, from your throne of Grace
Look down through eons of star-gemmed space
On those of us on earth today
Who have no child to watch at play.
Call from your memory's rich store
Again the Magi to adore
Your little Son whose Holy birth
Gave us first Christmas here on earth.
The shepherds watching quiet sheep,
The inn near by, deep locked in sleep;
The great wide sweep of Judah's plain,
The beckoning low-hung Star again --
The lowly stalls, the lowing kine,
With nothing great or grand or fine;
But yet you held against your breast
The Son of God, and by Him blessed.
Though bitter grief was yours -- and tears
The bloody Cross of later years --
That night you held, safe from alarms,
The infant Jesus in your arms.
Gethsemane, His stone-sealed tomb
With all its sorrow, all its gloom,
Were of your life but minor part;
A Child once lay against your heart,
The wings of angels brushed your bed,
Their music filled that straw-strewn shed.
You trod the heights, aloof, remote,
His tiny Head cupped 'gainst your throat.
Dear God the Father, throned in Grace,
To Whom there matters time nor space,
Keep close to us on earth today
Who have no child to watch at play.
To us Thy love, dear Lord, instead,
Who put no child tonight to bed.

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