The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christmas After War

Katharine Lee Bates (1859 - 1929)

1. Shall misery make mirth,
Lord of our disbelief?
What gift of joy has earth?
Bring me your grief.

2. How shall old fables heal
Our world of woe and sin?
When you through fable feel
The truth within.

3. There is no guiding star;
The heavens are black and blind.
The Magi journeyed far;
So must mankind.

4. What singing angels press
Bright wings down these wild skies?
Courage and Faithfulness
And Sacrifice.

5. Madonna? Child? Are we
Shepherds to seek for them?
Love! Peace! Let your heart be
Their Bethlehem.

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