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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Syria: Bethlehem
The Angels’ Song
William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)
 
RUN, shepherds, run where Bethlem blest appears,
We bring the best of news, be not dismayed,
A Saviour there is born, more old than years,
Amidst Heaven’s rolling heights this earth who stayed;
In a poor cottage inned, a virgin maid,—        5
There is he poorly swaddled, in manger laid,—
A weakling did him bear, who all upbears,
To whom too narrow swaddlings are our spheres:
Run, shepherds, run, and solemnize his birth,
This is that night, no,—day grown great with bliss,        10
In which the power of Satan broken is;
In Heaven be glory, peace unto the earth.
Thus singing through the air the angels swam,
And cope of stars re-echoéd the same.
 
 
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