Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CHRISTMAS NEW, by JOSEPH TWYMAN

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CHRISTMAS NEW, by            
First Line: A story is told of three wise men who travelled over the plains
Last Line: They can live, and give, and live.
Subject(s): Christmas; Generosity; Travel; Nativity, The; Journeys; Trips

A STORY is told of three wise men who travelled over the plains —
In search of a great unnameable bliss
Such as lifts the heart when the angels kiss
And the joy they get for their pains.

These three wise men, who travelled through faith by plain and hill and stream,
Discovered their search by the aid of a star
That brought them together and led them afar,
Fulfilling the hopes of a dream.

There are oft-told tales of wise men who work and discover and preach;
And make themselves rich, or other men rich,
With chattels or money, it matters not which,
So long as it comes within reach.

But these are the works the world can learn, the works that the world doth well:

No listening ear to hear is made,
Of a something done without parade, —
For the act itself to tell.

And the greatest joy, since the one great search, is no more sought abroad,
For the joy is found and daily reached
Through the word that the founders daily preached
And practised with one accord.

So "peace on earth, good will to men," goes out in the thought to give,
And the joy of the givers clears the way
For the generous wise to bless the day
They can live, and give, and live.

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