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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Tryste Noel
By Louise Imogen Guiney (1861–1920)
 
THE OX he openeth wide the Doore,
And from the Snowe he calls her inne;
And he hath seen her smile therefore,
        Our Ladye without sinne.
      Now soone from Sleepe        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 husht his Voyce and bent        10
Trewe eye of Pitty ore the Mow;
And on his lovelie Neck, forspent
        The Blessèd lays her Browe.
      Around her feet
      Full warme and sweete        15
His bowerie Breath doth meeklie dwell;
                Amen, Amen;
But sore am I with Vaine Travel!
 
The Ox is host in Juda’s stall,
And Host of more than onely one;        20
For close she gathereth withal
        Our Lorde, her little Sonne.
      Glad Hinde and King
      Their Gyfte may bring,
But wo’d to-night my Teares were there;        25
                Amen, Amen;
Between her Bosome and His hayre!
 
 
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