The Christmas Night

Wrapped was the world in slumber deep,
By seaward valley and cedarn steep,
And bright and blest were the dreams of its sleep;
All the hours of that wonderful night-tide through
The stars outblossomed in fields of blue,
A heavenly chaplet, to diadem
The King in the manger of Bethlehem.

Out on the hills the shepherds lay,
Wakeful, that never a lamb might stray,
Humble and clean of heart were they;
Thus it was given them to hear
Marvellous harpings strange and clear,
Thus it was given them to see
The heralds of the nativity.

In the dim-lit stable the mother mild
Looked with holy eyes on her child,
Cradled him close to her heart and smiled;
Kingly purple nor crown had he,
Never a trapping of royalty;
But Mary saw that the baby's head
With a slender nimbus was garlanded.

Speechless her joy as she watched him there,
Forgetful of pain and grief and care,
And every thought in her soul was a prayer;
While under the dome of the desert sky
The Kings of the East from afar drew nigh,
And the great white star that was guide to them
Kept ward o'er the manger of Bethlehem.

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Comments (8)

Thank you for bringing this festival to me.
The beach festival is wonderfully captured in your words. Great tribute.
A beautiful painting of a lovely festival..................................
Congratulations and thanks dear friend for the beautiful photo, the good description of the festival and the poem on the festival with the choicest use of words...very informative....thank you
This poem provides us a glimpse of The Beach Festival that is celebrated in Gopalpur (near Brahmapur City) , Odisha in the month of December every year with a lot of joy among the people of this locality. You have captured a beautiful photograph…..Its a great tribute to people of Gapalpur. Thanks dear sir for sharing!
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