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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
A Christmas Carol
By Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819–1881)
 
[From Complete Poetical Writings. 1879.]

    THERE’S a song in the air!
    There’s a star in the sky!
    There’s a mother’s deep prayer
    And a baby’s low cry!
And the star rains its fire while the Beautiful sing,        5
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a king.
 
    There’s a tumult of joy
    O’er the wonderful birth,
    For the virgin’s sweet boy
    Is the Lord of the earth;        10
Ay! the star rains its fire and the Beautiful sing,
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a king!
 
    In the light of that star
    Lie the ages impearled;
    And that song from afar        15
    Has swept over the world.
Every hearth is aflame, and the Beautiful sing
In the homes of the nations that Jesus is King.
 
    We rejoice in the light,
    And we echo the song        20
    That comes down through the night
    From the heavenly throng.
Ay! we shout to the lovely evangel they bring,
And we greet in his cradle our Saviour and King!
 
 
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