Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Prince of Earth and Heaven


A Christmas Hymn

Alfred Domett


It was the calm and silent night!
  Seven hundred years and fifty-three
Had Rome been growing up to might,
  And now was Queen of land and sea.
No sound was heard of clashing wars;
  Peace brooded o’er the hush’d domain;
Apollo, Pallas, Jove and Mars,
  Held undisturb’d their ancient reign,
      In the solemn midnight
        Centuries ago.


’T was in the calm and silent night!
  The senator of haughty Rome
Impatient urged his chariot’s flight,
  From lordly revel rolling home.
Triumphal arches gleaming swell
  His breast with thoughts of boundless sway;
What reck’d the Roman what befell
  A paltry province far away,
      In the solemn midnight
        Centuries ago!


Within that province far away
  Went plodding home a weary boor:
A streak of light before him lay,
  Fall’n through a half-shut stable door
Across his path. He pass’d—for nought
  Told what was going on within;
How keen the stars! his only thought;
  The air how calm and cold and thin,
      In the solemn midnight
        Centuries ago!


O strange indifference!—low and high
  Drows’d over common joys and cares:
The earth was still—but knew not why;
  The world was listening—unawares.
How calm a moment may precede
  One that shall thrill the world for ever!
To that still moment none would heed,
  Man’s doom was link’d, no more to sever,
      In the solemn midnight
        Centuries ago.


It is the calm and solemn night!
  A thousand bells ring out, and throw
Their joyous peals abroad, and smite
  The darkness, charm’d and holy now.
The night that erst no name had worn,
  To it a happy name is given;
For in that stable lay new-born
  The peaceful Prince of Earth and Heaven,
      In the solemn midnight
        Centuries ago.




Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!


Miss Melody Muffin

2 comments:

  1. Ooh...words fail me. It's amazing to me how poets can tell a story in such beautiful word-pictures and still get it to rhyme. Wow.

    Have a Blessed New Year, girlie! :-D
    ~"Tom"~

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