The Prince of Peace, Or, Lays of Bethlehem

The Prince of Peace, Or, Lays of Bethlehem

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ... H. Mi/man. WHAT sudden blaze of song Spreads o'er the expanse of heaven? In waves oflight it thrills along, The angelic signal given: " Glory to God! " from yonder central fire Flows out the echoing lay beyond the starry quire; Like circles widening round Upon a clear blue river, Orb after orb, the wond'rous sound Is echoed on for ever: " Glory to God on high, on earth be peace, And love towards men of love--salvation and release 1" Yet stay before thou dare To join that festal throng; Listen, and mark what gentle air First stirred the tide of song; 'Tis not " the Saviour born in David's home, " To whom for power and health obedient worlds should come: " 'T is not, " the Christ the Lord: "--With fixed adoring lock The choir of angels caught the word, Nor yet their silence broke: But when they heard the sign, where Christ should be, In sudden light they shone and heavenly harmony. Wrapped in His swaddling-bands, And in His manger laid, The hope and glory of all lands Is come to the world's aid: N0 peaceful home upon His cradle smiled, Guests rudely went and came, where slept the royal Child. But where Thou dwellest, Lord, No other thought should be; Once duly welcomed and adored, How should I part with Thee? Bethlehem must lose Thee soon, but Thou wilt grace The single heart to he Thy sure abiding-place. They who have bowed untaught to Nature's sway, And they who follow Truth along her star-paved way. The pastoral spirits first Approach Thee, Babe divine, For they in lowly thoughts are nursed, Meet for Thy lowly shrine: Sooner than they should miss where Thou dost dwell, Angels from heaven will stoop to guide them to Thy cell. Still, as the day comes round For more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236959876
  • 9781236959874