by Alice Christina Meynell, née Thompson (1847 - 1922), as A. C. Thompson

No sudden thing of glory and fear
Language: English 
    Rorate Coeli desuper, et nubes pluant Justum.
    Aperiatur Terra, et germinet Salvatorem.

No sudden thing of glory and fear
Was the Lord's coming; but the dear
Slow Nature's days followed each other
To form the Saviour from his Mother
one of the children of the year.

The earth, the rain, received the trust,
The sun and dews, to frame the Just.
He drew his daily life from these.
According to his own decrees
Who makes man from the fertile dust.

Sweet summer and the winter wild,
These brought hirn forth, the Undefiled.
The happy Springs renewed again
His daily bread, the growing grain,
The food and raiment of the Child.

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Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 17
Word count: 111