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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
The Blessed Birth-day, Celebrated in Some Sanctified Meditations on the Angels’ Anthem
LXXXVII. Charles Fitzgeffrey
Luke II. 14.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men.

WHY 1 should not we with joy resound and sing
The blessed natals of our heavenly King?
Why should not we with mirth salute the morn
Of his birth-day by whom we are new born?
See how each creature in his kind rejoyces,        5
And shall not we lift up melodious voices?
Hark how the angels sing!—shall we be sad?
The greatest good is ours—be we most glad.
Hark how the star-enamel’d heavens rebound
With echos of angelick anthems’ sound!        10
It is for us that they those joyes expresse;
And shall not we shew forth some thankfulnesse?
Joyn we in consort these sweet quires among,
In sundry voices sing we all one song,
  Glory to God on high, on earth be peace,        15
  And let good-will towards Christians never cease.
Note 1. LXXXVII. Charles Fitzgeffrey.—He wrote a volume of Elegies which was first published in 1617, and was reprinted in 1618, and again in 1620. He also wrote “The blessed Birthday. Celebrated in some sanctified Meditations on the Angel’s Anthem, etc.” from which work our extract is derived. Fitzgeffrey appears to have been a poet of some note in his day, for John Davies, of Hereford, includes his name in the list of contemporary poets to whom he addressed “Epigrams,” and his death was lamented in lines by Chamberlain. [back]

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