Christmas Without Christ Poem by John Henry Newman

Christmas Without Christ



HOW can I keep my Christmas feast
In its due festive show,
Reft of the sight of the High Priest
From whom its glories flow?

I hear the tuneful bells around,
The blessèd towers I see;
A stranger on a foreign ground,
They peal a fast for me.

O Britons! now so brave and high,
How will ye weep the day
When Christ in judgment passes by,
And calls the Bride away!

Your Christmas then will lose its mirth,
Your Easter lose its bloom:
Abroad, a scene of strife and dearth;
Within, a cheerless home!

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
michael walker 02 October 2019

Newman makes a good point about Christmas. Christ is essential to the meaning of that day. Many people today do not think of the religious meaning of Christmas. As long as they enjoy Christmas Day, that is the main thing, in my opinion.

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