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Poem by Josiah Gilbert Holland


A Christmas Carol


Theres a song in the air!
Theres a star in the sky!
Theres a mothers deep prayer
And a babys low cry!
And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!

Theres a tumult of joy
Oer the wonderful birth,
For the virgins sweet Boy
is the Lord of the earth.
Ay! the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!

In the light of that star
lie the ages impearled;
And that song from afar
Has swept over the world.
Every hearth is aflame, and the beautiful sing
In the homes of the nations that Jesus is King!

We rejoice in the light,
And we echo the song
That comes down through the night
From the heavenly throng.
Ay! we shout to the lovely evangel they bring,
And we greet in His cradle our Savior and King!



Josiah Gilbert Holland


Josiah Gilbert Holland's other poems:
  1. A Song of Doubt
  2. Persons
  3. Cradle Song
  4. Daniel Gray
  5. God, Give us Men!


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge A Christmas Carol ("The shepherds went their hasty way")
  • Gilbert Chesterton A Christmas Carol ("The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap")
  • Christina Rossetti A Christmas Carol ("In the bleak mid-winter")
  • Alfred Austin A Christmas Carol ("Hark! In the air, around, above")
  • Algernon Swinburne A Christmas Carol ("THREE DAMSELS in the queens chamber")
  • William McGonagall A Christmas Carol ("Welcome, sweet Christmas, blest be the morn")
  • Charles Kingsley A Christmas Carol ("It chanced upon the merry merry Christmas eve") Eversley, 1849
  • George Wither A Christmas Carol ("So now is come our joyful'st feast")

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