Friday, December 6, 2013

"The Message of the Star" by Frances V. Hubbard (1914)

The Message of the Star.


Many the stars that shone that night

        When Wise Men sought to scan the skies;

But one, alone, more clear, more bright

        Than all the rest, attracts their eyes.

Long had they watched, and waited long,

        For what the prophets had foretold,

They needed not to hear the song,

        The tale to them the skies unfold.

A King was born. No earthly king,

        But One whose power should never cease.

“Arise,” they cried, “a tribute bring,

        That star tells of the Prince of Peace.”

They came in state, three kings were they;

        But to a manger bed they bring

Their gifts and at His feet they pray:

        “Accept our gifts of kings the King.”

A King. A manger or a throne

        They heeded not, they knew the sign,

That star betokened One alone,

        The Prince of Peace, the King divine.

Still shines that star, as long ago

        It shone that early Christmas morn;

As then, it points the way to go,

        As then, it tells “The Christ is born.”

Troy Times. December 24, 1914: 13 col 1.

                                                                                                Christopher K. Philippo

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