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CHRISTMAS DAWN IN FLORIDA, by            
First Line: Broad bands of rose span all the eastern sky
Last Line: That we may, in thy strength, go forth to live.
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


Broad bands of rose span all the eastern sky --
A sleepy mocking bird stirs, quietly voicing a few short notes
Before the rush of song that greets the coming day;
The tall poinsettias lift their flaming heads in welcome,
Crimson and purple bougainvillea banners wave in an ecstasy of joy;
The breeze from off the quiet bay whispers an answer to the tall palm's hymn;
From his bed of rose and mauve and gold the glorious sun leaps up,
Calling to happy life the waking earth.

So may Thy coming, Babe of Bethlehem,
Whose birth this day we celebrate,
Wake to new hope each tired heart and burdened soul
And by Thy shining light illuminate our way,
That we may, in Thy strength, go forth to live.





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