Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. IV. The Higher Life
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
I. The Divine Element—(God, Christ, the Holy Spirit)
Tryste Noël
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 oh, the place co’d I but finde!
The Ox hath husht his voyce and bent        10
  Trewe eyes of Pitty ore the Mow,
And on his lovelie Neck, forspent,
  The Blessed 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 Travèl!
The Ox is host in Juda’s 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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