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Christmas - Poem by Henry Timrod
How grace this hallowed day?
Shall happy bells, from yonder ancient spire,
Send their glad greetings to each Christmas fire
Round which the children play?
Alas! for many a moon,
That tongueless tower hath cleaved the Sabbath air,
Mute as an obelisk of ice, aglare
Beneath an Arctic noon.
Shame to the foes that drown
Our psalms of worship with their impious drum,
The sweetest chimes in all the land lie dumb
In some far rustic town.
There, let us think, they keep,
Of the dead Yules which here beside the sea
They've ushered in with old-world, English glee,
Some echoes in their sleep.
How shall we grace the day?
With feast, and song, and dance, and antique sports,
And shout of happy children in the courts,
And tales of ghost and fay?
Is there indeed a door,
Where the old pastimes, with their lawful noise,
And all the merry round of Christmas joys,
Could enter as of yore?
Would not some pallid face
Look in upon the banquet, calling up
Dread shapes of battles in the wassail cup,
And trouble all the place?
How could we bear the mirth,
While some loved reveler of a year ago
Keeps his mute Christmas now beneath the snow,
In cold Virginian earth?
How shall we grace the day?
Ah! let the thought that on this holy morn
The Prince of Peace -- the Prince of Peace was born,
Employ us, while we pray!
Pray for the peace which long
Hath left this tortured land, and haply now
Holds its white court on some far mountain's brow,
There hardly safe from wrong!
Let every sacred fane
Call its sad votaries to the shrine of God,
And, with the cloister and the tented sod,
Join in one solemn strain!
With pomp of Roman form,
With the grave ritual brought from England's shore,
And with the simple faith which asks no more
Than that the heart be warm!
He, who, till time shall cease,
Will watch that earth, where once, not all in vain,
He died to give us peace, may not disdain
A prayer whose theme is -- peace.
Perhaps ere yet the Spring
Hath died into the Summer, over all
The land, the peace of His vast love shall fall,
Like some protecting wing.
Oh, ponder what it means!
Oh, turn the rapturous thought in every way!
Oh, give the vision and the fancy play,
And shape the coming scenes!
Peace in the quiet dales,
Made rankly fertile by the blood of men,
Peace in the woodland, and the lonely glen,
Peace in the peopled vales!
Peace in the crowded town,
Peace in a thousand fields of waving grain,
Peace in the highway and the flowery lane,
Peace on the wind-swept down!
Peace on the farthest seas,
Peace in our sheltered bays and ample streams,
Peace wheresoe'er our starry garland gleams,
And peace in every breeze!
Peace on the whirring marts,
Peace where the scholar thinks, the hunter roams,
Peace, God of Peace! peace, peace, in all our homes,
And peace in all our hearts!
Comments about Christmas by Henry Timrod
Poems About Christmas
- 1. A Child's Christmas In Wales , Dylan Thomas
- 2. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- 3. Christmas Bells , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- 4. Christmas Carol , Sara Teasdale
- 5. Christmas Eve , Anne Sexton
- 6. A Christmas Tree! A Christmas Tree! , David Keig
- 7. A Family Christmas , Ernestine Northover
- 8. Jest 'Fore Christmas , Eugene Field
- 9. Christmas In India , Rudyard Kipling
- 10. Christmas - A Little Friend's Poem - Wri.. , Ernestine Northover
- 11. A Christmas Ghost Story. , Thomas Hardy
- 12. Christmas Party At The South Danbury Chu.. , Donald Hall
- 13. Remembrance Of Christmas Past , Judith Viorst
- 14. What Reminds You Of Christmas? , Ernestine Northover
- 15. A Christmas Carol , William Topaz McGonagall
- 16. Christmas Spirit , Paul Moosberg
- 17. Christmas , John Clare
- 18. Lines For A Christmas Card , Hilaire Belloc
- 19. Our Christmas Tree , Ernestine Northover
- 20. Sam's Christmas Pudding , Marriott Edgar
- 21. Having Lost My Sons, I Confront The Wrec.. , James Arlington Wright
- 22. From The Short Story A Christmas Dream, .. , Louisa May Alcott
- 23. Christmas Is Really For The Children , Steve Turner
- 24. Christmas Fancies , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
- 25. Christmas - Senryus , Ernestine Northover
- 26. This Section Is A Christmas Tree , Vachel Lindsay
- 27. (727) Christmas Past , Melvina Germain
- 28. The Christmas Night , Lucy Maud Montgomery
- 29. Christmas Holidays , Thomas Hood
- 30. A Christmas Carol, Sung To The King In T.. , Robert Herrick
- 31. Music On Christmas Morning , Anne Brontë
- 32. A Christmas Wish , David Keig
- 33. Baby's First Christmas (Children) , C.J. Heck
- 34. Christmas At Mel’s , C.J. Heck
- 35. A Tale Of Christmas Eve , William Topaz McGonagall
- 36. A Christmas Carol , George Wither
- 37. A White Christmas , Carla Jean Laglia Esely
- 38. The Christmas-Box , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- 39. Christmas At The Orphanage , Bill Knott
- 40. The Greatest Birthday (Christmas Chris.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
- 41. A Hymn For Christmas Day , Thomas Chatterton
- 42. The House Of Christmas , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
- 43. (728) Christmas Joy , Melvina Germain
- 44. Christmas , Henry Timrod
- 45. Modern Love Xxiii: 'Tis Christmas Weather , George Meredith
- 46. The Christmas Goose , William Topaz McGonagall
- 47. Christmas Treasures , Eugene Field
- 48. Christmas Spirit , Tess Gurney
- 49. For Christmas Day , Charles Wesley
- 50. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' Christmas Card(Being An .. , Dónall Dempsey
New Christmas Poems
- Christmas All Around, Dorsey Baker
- The Little Christmas Tree, LONDIS CARPENTER
- Christmas., David Boyce
- Christmas Time Is Here, Abdulai S kamara (ABACHA)
- My Christmas, Trina Graves
- This Is Christmas, Dorsey Baker
- Christmas Is Here, Tirupathi Chandrupatla
- Christmas Eve, Natasha Onken
- Christmas Comes And Christmas Goes, Dorsey Baker
- And Now It's Christmas, Loyd C. Taylor, Sr.
- carpe diem