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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
156. Tryste Noël
 
By Louise Imogen Guiney
 
 
THE OX he openeth wide the Doore,
And from the Snowe he calls her inne,
And he hath seen her Smile therefor,
Our Ladye without Sinne.
Now soon from Sleep        5
A Starre shall leap,
And soone arrive both King and Hinde:
    Amen, Amen:
But O, the Place co’d I but finde!
 
The Ox hath hush’d his voyce and bent        10
Trewe eyes of Pitty ore the Mow,
And on his lovelie Neck, forspent,
The Blessed layes her Browe.
Around her feet
Full Warme and Sweete        15
His bowerie Breath doth meeklie dwell:
    Amen, Amen:
But sore am I with Vaine Travèl!
 
The Ox is host in Judah stall
And Host of more than onelie one.        20
For close she gathereth withal
Our Lorde her littel Sonne.
Glad Hinde and King
Their Gyfte may bring,
But wo’d to-night my Teares were there,        25
    Amen, Amen:
Between her Bosom and His hayre!
 

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