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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
The Angels, for the Nativitie of Our Lord
William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)
RUN, shepherds, run where Bethlem blest appears;
  We bring the best of news, be not dismay’d,
A Saviour there is born, more old than years,
  Amidst the rolling heaven this earth who stay’d:
In a poor cottage inn’d, a virgin maid,        5
  A weakling did him bear who all upbears;
There he in clothes is wrapped, in manger laid,
  To whom too narrow swaddlings are our spheres.
Run, shepherds, run, and solemnise his birth;
  This is that night, no day, grown great with bliss,        10
In which the power of Satan broken is;
  In heaven be glory; peace unto the earth.
Thus singing through the air the angels swam,
  And all the stars re-echoed the same.

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