Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE LIGHT OF BETHLEHEM, by JOHN BANISTER TABB

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THE LIGHT OF BETHLEHEM, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis christmas night! The snow
Last Line: The light of bethlehem!
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Bethlehem, Palestine; Christmas; Nativity, The

'Tis Christmas night! the snow,
A flock unnumbered lies:
The old Judean stars aglow,
Keep watch within the skies.

An icy stillness holds
The pulses of the night:
A deeper mystery infolds
The wondering Hosts of Light.

Till, lo, with reverence pale
That dims each diadem,
The lordliest, earthward bending, hail
The Light of Bethlehem!

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