Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE FIRST CHRISTMAS, by AMELIA WOODWARD TRUESDELL

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THE FIRST CHRISTMAS, by            
First Line: O mary, drooping by the door
Last Line: Before thy son, the king.
Subject(s): Christmas; Holidays; Jesus Christ - Childhood & Youth; Love; Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Women - Bible; Nativity, The; Virgin Mary

O Mary, drooping by the door
Which closed before thy weary feet,
Fainting upon the court-yard's crowded floor,
We see thee patient, sweet.

Patient and sweet; no murmur falls
From lips that curve with coming pain,
For angel voices in the cattle-stalls
Thy flagging strength sustain.

O wondrous night! O love divine!
O star that startled Eastern skies!
O glory of the manger-temple's shrine,
Earth's rapture and surprise!

O Mother, hailed the blessed maid!
Did'st hear between thy smiles and tears,
When first within thine arms the Babe was laid,
The songs of grateful years?

We speak thy name with loving praise,
And thy Magnificat shall ring
Till thee we meet, at ending of the days,
Before thy Son, the King.

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