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Poem by Charles Kingsley


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


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


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")
  • George Wither A Christmas Carol ("So now is come our joyful'st feast")
  • Josiah Holland A Christmas Carol ("Theres a song in the air!")

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