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A Christmas Hymn

by Brian Francis

The world once laid in quiet repose
A star was shining bright
The shepherds stood among their flocks
protecting them through the night

The town was quiet the streets were still
as they sought a place to abide
They found themselves turned away
from the warmth of the hearth inside

A manger was found on the outskirts of town
it was the best that their silver could bring
With straw for a bed she laid herself down
giving birth to our savior and King

lovingly the animals all gathered round
their eyes locked upon where he lay
a beautiful singing could be heard outside
As angels announced a new day

A feeding trough made for a fair crib
as the wise men gathered around
following a star bringing them here
they knelt bowing down to the ground

Mercy was found shining in his eyes
absolute joy was found in his gaze
The promised gift from the Father above
A light to burn off our sin's haze


Author's Note: I hope all my christian friends can enjoy this and please have a safe and happy Christmas 2017 --bf

Posted on 12/01/2017
Copyright © 2024 Brian Francis

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Glenn Currier on 12/26/17 at 05:22 PM

Brian, thanks so much for sharing your Christmas Hymn. It indeed gave me a wonderful feeling of peace and calm as I was reading. Your rhymes and images rocked me into a moment of grace. I am a Christian and your poem is a comfort to me. Thanks so very much.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 12/30/17 at 03:27 AM

We reenacted this scene many times as children. One of the best things about the season to me is the music and you have given us a fine poem with a strong underlying tune. Thanks, Brian.

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