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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
New Prince, New Pomp
By Robert Southwell (c. 1561–1595)
 
BEHOLD a silly, 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 praisèd 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.
 
 
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