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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
 
New Prince, New Pomp
Robert Southwell (c. 1561–1595)
 
BEHOLD a silly, 1 tender Babe,
  In freezing winter night,
In homely manger trembling lies;
  Alas! a piteous sight.
 
The inns are full; no man will yield        5
  This little pilgrim bed;
But forced he is with silly beasts
  In crib to shroud his head.
 
Despise Him not for lying there;
  First what He is inquire:        10
An Orient pearl is often found
  In depth of dirty mire.
 
Weigh not His crib, His wooden dish,
  Nor beasts that by Him feed;
Weigh not His mother’s poor attire,        15
  Nor Joseph’s simple weed.
 
This stable is a Prince’s court,
  The crib His chair of state;
The beasts are parcel of His pomp,
  The wooden dish His plate.        20
 
The persons in that poor attire
  His royal liveries wear;
The Prince Himself is come from heaven:
  This pomp is praised there.
 
With joy approach, O Christian wight!        25
  Do homage to thy King;
And highly praise this humble pomp,
  Which He from heaven doth bring.
 
Note 1. Simple, happy. German, selig. [back]
 
 
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