Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"While the City Slept" by Frances V. Hubbard (1899)

While the City Slept.


While the city slept in a manger bed

        Lay the child. A virgin near

Watcher o'er Him, bending low her head;

Her mother heart disquieted

        With hope, with love, with fear.

While the city slept in eastern skies

        Lo! a wondrous bright star shone,

The wise men said, "Arise, arise!

The King whose star delights our eyes

        Hat come unto His own!"

While the city slept watching all by night

        Lo! the shepherds on the plain

Beheld the angel clothed in white,

And heard the heavenly hosts of light

        Take up the joyful strain.

While the city slept, "Peace, glad peace on earth,

        Peace and good will to men"—

Thus sang the throng; "the Savior's birth

We hail, we hail! Peace, peace on earth,

        Peace and good will to men!"

While the city slept. But through endless years

        That song shall never cease,

Through life, in love, in joy, in tears,

We cheer our hopes, we stay our fears

        With this sweet song of peace.

While the City Slept. December 21, 1899.

                                                                                                Christopher K. Philippo

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