Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MISTLETOE, by JOHN BANISTER TABB

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MISTLETOE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: To the cradle-bough of a naked tree
Last Line: "let now my soul depart."
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Christmas; Mistletoe; Nativity, The

To the cradle-bough of a naked tree,
Benumbed with ice and snow,
A Christmas dream brought suddenly
A birth of mistletoe.

The shepherd stars from their fleecy cloud
Strode out on the night to see;
The Herod north-wind blustered loud
To rend it from the tree.

But the old year took it for a sign,
And blessed it in his heart:
"With prophecy of peace divine,
Let now my soul depart."

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