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Charles Kingsley (Чарльз Кингсли)


A Christmas Carol


It chanced upon the merry merry Christmas eve,
I went sighing past the church across the moorland dreary—
'Oh! never sin and want and woe this earth will leave,
And the bells but mock the wailing round, they sing so cheery.
How long, O Lord! how long before Thou come again?
Still in cellar, and in garret, and on moorland dreary
The orphans moan, and widows weep, and poor men toil in vain,
Till earth is sick of hope deferred, though Christmas bells be cheery.'

Then arose a joyous clamour from the wild-fowl on the mere,
Beneath the stars, across the snow, like clear bells ringing,
And a voice within cried—'Listen!—Christmas carols even here!
Though thou be dumb, yet o'er their work the stars and snows are singing.
Blind! I live, I love, I reign; and all the nations through
With the thunder of my judgments even now are ringing.
Do thou fulfil thy work but as yon wild-fowl do,
Thou wilt heed no less the wailing, yet hear through it angels singing.'

Eversley, 1849

Charles Kingsley's other poems:
  1. Dartside, 1849
  2. The Sands of Dee
  3. The Bad Squire
  4. Airly Beacon
  5. Palinodia


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Samuel Coleridge (Сэмюэл Кольридж) A Christmas Carol ("The shepherds went their hasty way")
  • Gilbert Chesterton (Гилберт Честертон) A Christmas Carol ("The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap")
  • Christina Rossetti (Кристина Россетти) A Christmas Carol ("In the bleak mid-winter")
  • Alfred Austin (Альфред Остин) A Christmas Carol ("Hark! In the air, around, above")
  • Algernon Swinburne (Алджернон Суинбёрн) A Christmas Carol ("THREE DAMSELS in the queen’s chamber")
  • William McGonagall (Уильям Макгонаголл) A Christmas Carol ("Welcome, sweet Christmas, blest be the morn")
  • George Wither (Джордж Уидер) A Christmas Carol ("So now is come our joyful'st feast")
  • Josiah Holland (Джозайя Холланд) A Christmas Carol ("There’s a song in the air!")

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