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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Time Flies.
I. “Lord Babe, if Thou art He”
By Christina G. Rossetti (1830–1894)
 
January 6
(Feast of the Epiphany)

“LORD Babe, if Thou art He
We sought for patiently,
Where is Thy court?
Hither may prophecy and star resort;
Men heed not their report.”—        5
      “Bow down and worship, righteous man:
      This Infant of a span
      Is He man sought for since the world began.”—
“Then, Lord, accept my gold, too base a thing
For Thee, of all kings King.”        10
 
“Lord Babe, despite Thy youth
I hold Thee of a truth
Both Good and Great:
But wherefore dost Thou keep so mean a state,
Low lying desolate?”—        15
      “Bow down and worship, righteous seer:
      The Lord our God is here
      Approachable, Who bids us all draw near.”—
“Wherefore to Thee I offer frankincense,
Thou Sole Omnipotence.”        20
 
“But I have only brought
Myrrh; no wise afterthought
Instructed me
To gather pearls or gems, or choice to see
Coral or ivory.”—        25
      “Not least thine offering proves thee wise:
      For myrrh means sacrifice,
      And He that lives, this same is He that dies.”—
“Then here is myrrh: alas! yea, woe is me
That myrrh befitteth Thee.”        30
 
Myrrh, frankincense and gold:
And lo! from wintry fold
Good will doth bring
A Lamb, the innocent likeness of this King
Whom stars and seraphs sing:        35
      And lo! the bird of love, a Dove
      Flutters and cooes above:
      And Dove and Lamb and Babe agree in love:—
Come, all mankind, come, all creation, hither,
Come, worship Christ together.        40
 
 
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