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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
On the Nativitie of My Saviour
XXIV. Benjamin Jonson
 
I SING the birth was born to night,
The Author both of life and light;
  The angels so did sound it,
And like the ravish’d sheep’erds said,
Who saw the light, and were afraid,        5
  Yet search’d, and true they found it.
 
The Sonne of God, th’ Eternall King,
That did us all salvation bring,
  And freed the soule from danger;
Hee whom the whole world could not take,        10
The Word, which heaven and earth did make,
  Was now laid in a manger.
 
What comfort by him doe wee winne,
Who made himself the price of sinne,
  To make us heires of glory?        15
To see this babe all innocence,
A martyr borne in our defence;
  Can man forget this storie?
 
 
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