Famous Holiday Poem

In this poem, famous poet Eugene Field (1850-1895) shares the hope of Christmastime. It starts with a short retelling of the Christmas story. Then it moves to an invitation for the reader to be like the wise men and lay their hearts and gifts before the Child of Bethlehem.

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Star Of The East

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Star of the East, that long ago
Brought wise men on their way
Where, angels singing to and fro,
The Child of Bethlehem lay—
Above that Syrian hill afar
Thou shinest out to-night, O Star!

Star of the East, the night were drear
But for the tender grace
That with thy glory comes to cheer
Earth's loneliest, darkest place;
For by that charity we see
Where there is hope for all and me.

Star of the East! show us the way
In wisdom undefiled
To seek that manger out and lay
Our gifts before the child—
To bring our hearts and offer them
Unto our King in Bethlehem!

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