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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
For the Nativitie of Our Lord
William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)
O THAN, the fairest day, thrice fairer night,
Night to best days, in which a sun doth rise,
Of which the golden eye, which clears the skies,
Is but a sparkling ray, a shadow light;
And blessed ye, in silly pastor’s sight,        5
Mild creatures, in whose warm crib now lies
That heaven-sent youngling, holy-maid-born wight,
Midst, end, beginning of our prophecies:
Blest cottage, that hath flowers in winter spread;
Though wither’d, blessed grass, that hath the grace        10
To deck and be a carpet to the place.
Thus singing to the sound of oaten reed,
Before the Babe the shepherds bow’d their knees,
And springs ran nectar, honey dropped from trees.

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