Learn More

Henry Vaughan

(1621 - 23 April 1695 / Brecknockshire, Wales)

Christ's Nativity


1 Awake, glad heart! get up and sing!
2 It is the birth-day of thy King.
3 Awake! awake!
4 The Sun doth shake
5 Light from his locks, and all the way
6 Breathing perfumes, doth spice the day.

7 Awake, awake! hark how th' wood rings;
8 Winds whisper, and the busy springs
9 A concert make;
10 Awake! awake!
11 Man is their high-priest, and should rise
12 To offer up the sacrifice.

13 I would I were some bird, or star,
14 Flutt'ring in woods, or lifted far
15 Above this inn
16 And road of sin!
17 Then either star or bird should be
18 Shining or singing still to thee.

19 I would I had in my best part
20 Fit rooms for thee! or that my heart
21 Were so clean as
22 Thy manger was!
23 But I am all filth, and obscene;
24 Yet, if thou wilt, thou canst make clean.

25 Sweet Jesu! will then. Let no more
26 This leper haunt and soil thy door!
27 Cure him, ease him,
28 O release him!
29 And let once more, by mystic birth,
30 The Lord of life be born in earth.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: birth, star, sun, heart, light, rose, spring, wind

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Christ's Nativity by Henry Vaughan )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Christmas Trees, Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  5. Warning, Jenny Joseph
  6. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  7. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  8. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  10. A Life-Lesson, James Whitcomb Riley

Poem of the Day

poet James Whitcomb Riley

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Perverse Ignorance, Right?, Nasarudheen.P. Parameswaran
  2. slowly down the road, animesh sapkota
  3. Understanding The Bodo Culture, Bijay Kant Dubey
  4. Each Day With You KP, Michael P. McParland
  5. Where there is truth and love, gajanan mishra
  6. Each Day 2, Michael P. McParland
  7. Dreams to Follow, Peter S. Quinn
  8. Each Day, Michael P. McParland
  9. Leprechauns in Pop's Fedora, Donal Mahoney
  10. Dreamt Of You 4, Michael P. McParland
[Hata Bildir]