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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
Christus: A Mystery
Part II. The Golden Legend.
III. IV. The Nativity: A Miracle-Play.
III. The Angels of the Seven Planets Bearing the Star of Bethlehem
 
THE ANGELS.
THE ANGELS of the Planets Seven,
Across the shining fields of heaven
  The natal star we bring!
Dropping our sevenfold virtues down
As priceless jewels in the crown        5
  Of Christ, our new-born King.
 
RAPHAEL.
I am the Angel of the Sun,
Whose flaming wheels began to run
  When God’s almighty breath
Said to the darkness and the Night,        10
Let there be light! and there was light
  I bring the gift of Faith.
 
ONAFIEL.
I am the Angel of the Moon,
Darkened to be rekindled soon
  Beneath the azure cope!        15
Nearest to earth, it is my ray
That best illumes the midnight way;
  I bring the gift of Hope!
 
ANAEL.
The Angel of the Star of Love,
The Evening Star, that shines above        20
  The place where lovers be,
Above all happy hearths and homes,
On roofs of thatch, or golden domes,
  I give him Charity!
 
ZOBIACHEL.
The Planet Jupiter is mine!
        25
The mightiest star of all that shine,
  Except the sun alone!
He is the High Priest of the Dove,
And sends, from his great throne above,
  Justice, that shall atone!        30
 
MICHAEL.
The Planet Mercury, whose place
Is nearest to the sun in space,
  Is my allotted sphere!
And with celestial ardor swift
I bear upon my hands the gift        35
  Of heavenly Prudence here!
 
URIEL.
I am the Minister of Mars,
The strongest star among the stars!
  My songs of power prelude
The march and battle of man’s life,        40
And for the suffering and the strife,
  I give him Fortitude!
 
ORIFEL.
The Angel of the uttermost
Of all the shining, heavenly host,
  From the far-off expanse        45
Of the Saturnian, endless space
I bring the last, the crowning grace,
  The gift of Temperance!
A sudden light shines from the windows of the stable in the village below.
 
 
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