Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

A Christmas Carol

Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I.
The shepherds went their hasty way,
And found the lowly stable-shed
Where the Virgin-Mother lay:
And now they checked their eager tread,
For to the Babe, that at her bosom clung,
A Mother's song the Virgin-Mother sung.

II.
They told her how a glorious light,
Streaming from a heavenly throng.
Around them shone, suspending night!
While sweeter than a mother's song,
Blest Angels heralded the Savior's birth,
Glory to God on high! and Peace on Earth.

III.
She listened to the tale divine,
And closer still the Babe she pressed:
And while she cried, the Babe is mine!
The milk rushed faster to her breast:
Joy rose within her, like a summer's morn;
Peace, Peace on Earth! the Prince of Peace is born.

IV.
Thou Mother of the Prince of Peace,
Poor, simple, and of low estate!
That strife should vanish, battle cease,
O why should this thy soul elate?
Sweet Music's loudest note, the Poet's story,
Didst thou ne'er love to hear of fame and glory?

V.
And is not War a youthful king,
A stately Hero clad in mail?
Beneath his footsteps laurels spring;
Him Earth's majestic monarchs hail
Their friends, their playmate! and his bold bright eye
Compels the maiden's love-confessing sigh.

VI.
Tell this in some more courtly scene,
To maids and youths in robes of state!
I am a woman poor and mean,
And wherefore is my soul elate.
War is a ruffian, all with guilt defiled,
That from the aged father's tears his child!

VII.
A murderous fiend, by fiends adored,
He kills the sire and starves the son;
The husband kills, and from her board
Steals all his widow's toil had won;
Plunders God's world of beauty; rends away
All safety from the night, all comfort from the day.

VIII.
Then wisely is my soul elate,
That strife should vanish, battle cease:
I'm poor and of low estate,
The Mother of the Prince of Peace.
Joy rises in me, like a summer's morn:
Peace, Peace on Earth! The Prince of Peace is born!


Comments about A Christmas Carol by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • Kingsley EgbukoleKingsley Egbukole (12/28/2019 5:57:00 PM)

    Beautiful Christmas carol set around the wise men journey to the Prince of peace.(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (12/28/2019 12:19:00 PM)

    Peace, peace on Earth is what the message Christmas Carol says through the pen of Poet S T Coleridge ever! Sure that will come true!(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (12/28/2019 7:34:00 AM)

    Beautiful Christmas carols set in sestet,
    In praise of Christ on Earth to manifest.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (12/28/2019 3:19:00 AM)

    Joy rose within her, like a summer's morn;
    Peace, Peace on Earth! the Prince of Peace is
    born.//__ beautiful Christmas Carol// greatly enjoyed(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010