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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel: December 18

By: Ardis E. Parshall - December 18, 2008

Sleep, baby, sleep! The Mother sings:
Heaven’s angels kneel and fold their wings.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

With swathes of scented hay Thy bed
By Mary’s hand at eve was spread.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

At midnight came the shepherds, they
Whom seraphs wakened by the way.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

And three kings from the East afar,
Ere dawn came, guided by the star.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

They brought Thee gifts of gold and gems,
Pure orient pearls, rich diadems.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

Thou who liest slumbering there,
Art King of Kings, earth, ocean, air.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

Sleep, baby, sleep! The shepherds sing:
Through heaven, through earth, hosannas ring.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

— John Addington Symonds

The Children’s Friend, December 1959

(unidentified cover art)



  1. That’s a cute, clever photo. I’m afraid that if my dreams could have been captured in a photo when I was a young boy, there wouldn’t be any manger scene, but rather, an image of a big ol’ fat guy in a sleigh…

    Comment by Hunter — December 18, 2008 @ 9:59 am

  2. On a more serious note, poetry like this poem capturing the sentiment of worshipping the babe in the manger always leave me wondering about just what were Mary’s thoughts. Did she realize she had birthed the “King of Kings”? And if so, wouldn’t that make the mean circumstances surrounding her delivery something of a bitter pill for her to swallow?

    Comment by Hunter — December 18, 2008 @ 10:02 am

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