Verse > Anthologies > Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. > An American Anthology, 1787–1900
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
957. The Child
 
At Bethlehem
 
By John Banister Tabb
 
 
I

LONG, long before the Babe could speak,
When he would kiss his mother’s cheek
    And to her bosom press,
The brightest angels standing near
Would turn away to hide a tear—        5
    For they are motherless.
 
II

WHERE were ye, Birds, that bless His name,
When wingless to the world He came,
And wordless, though Himself the Word
That made the blossom and the bird?        10
 
III
TO HIS MOTHER

HE brought a Lily white,
That bowed its fragrant head
And blushed a rosy red
Before her fairer light.
 
He brought a Rose; and, lo,        15
The crimson blossom saw
Her beauty, and in awe
Became as white as snow.
 

CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors