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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
Syria: Bethlehem
Christ’s Birth in an Inn
Jeremy Taylor (1613–1667)
THE BLESSÉD Virgin travailed without pain,
          And lodgéd in an inn,
          A glorious star the sign,
But of a greater guest than ever came that way,
          For there he lay        5
That is the God of night and day,
And over all the powers of heaven doth reign.
It was the time of great Augustus’ tax,
          And then He comes
          That pays all sums,        10
Even the whole price of lost humanity;
          And sets us free
From the ungodly emperie
Of sin, of Satan, and of death.
O, make our hearts, blest God, thy lodging-place!        15
          And in our breast
          Be pleased to rest,
For thou lov’st temples better than an inn,
          And cause that sin
May not profane the Deity within,        20
And sully o’er the ornaments of grace.—Amen.

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