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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Syria: Bethlehem
Song of the Angels
Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810–1876)
 
CALM on the listening ear of night
  Come Heaven’s melodious strains,
Where wild Judæa stretches far
  Her silver-mantled plains!
 
Celestial choirs, from courts above,        5
  Shed sacred glories there;
And angels, with their sparkling lyres,
  Make music on the air.
 
The answering hills of Palestine
  Send back the glad reply;        10
And greet, from all their holy heights,
  The dayspring from on high.
 
On the blue depths of Galilee
  There comes a holier calm,
And Sharon waves, in solemn praise,        15
  Her silent groves of palm.
 
“Glory to God!” the sounding skies
  Loud with their anthems ring;
Peace to the earth, good-will to men,
  From heaven’s Eternal King!        20
 
Light on thy hills, Jerusalem!
  The Saviour now is born!
And bright on Bethlehem’s joyous plains
  Breaks the first Christmas morn.
 
 
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