Friday, December 24, 2010

"Lit by a star"

This Christmas hymn is posted with our wishes and prayers for the Common Room's Striderling, the children on Donna-Jean's heart, and the Hanley family.  We also remember other young children who have no place to call home.

How far is it to Bethlehem?
Not very far.
Shall we find the stable room
Lit by a star?
Can we see the little child,
Is he within?
If we lift the wooden latch
May we go in?

May we stroke the creatures there,
Ox, ass, or sheep?
May we peep like them and see
Jesus asleep?
If we touch his tiny hand
Will he awake?
Will he know we've come so far
Just for his sake?

Great kings have precious gifts,
And we have naught,
Little smiles and little tears
Are all we brought.
For all weary children
Mary must weep.
Here, on his bed of straw
Sleep, children, sleep.

God in his mother's arms,
Babes in the byre,
Sleep, as they sleep who find
Their heart's desire.

Frances Alice Chesterton

2 comments:

Donna-Jean Breckenridge said...

Thank you so very much...

Headmistress, zookeeper said...

Beautiful.

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