by (Joseph) Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953)

Most Holy Night, that still dost keep
Language: English 
Most Holy Night, that still dost keep
The keys of all the doors of sleep,
To me when my tired eyelids close
Give thou repose.

And let the far lament of them
That chaunt the dead day's requiem
Make in my ears, who wakeful lie,
Soft lullaby.

Let them that guard the hornèd moon
By my bedside their memories croon.
So shall I have new dreams and blest
In my brief rest.

Fold your great wings about my face,
Hide dawning from my resting-place,
And cheat me with your false delight,
Most Holy Night.

I. Gurney sets stanzas 1, 3-4

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 94