Hark! The bells ringing! In the deep night, in the depth of the winter of Man, Lo! Once more the Son is born. O agelong, not in Nazareth alone, Nor now to-day -- but through all ages of the past, The bells of Christmas ringing: The Savior-music like a dream from heaven Touching the slumbering heart. Sweet promise which the people with unerring instinct cling to! O winter sun arising never more to set! O Nature slowly changing, slow transforming to the hearts of men, Shrine of the soul, shrine of the new-born god -- of Man himself.
- by Edward Carpenter (1844 - 1929), "Christmas Eve", appears in Towards Democracy, first published 1883 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Edgar Leslie Bainton (1880 - 1956), "Christmas Eve" [baritone and orchestra] [text verified 1 time]
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