The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Child's Carol

Words: Arthur Quiller-Couch

Source: Anne Thaxter Eaton, ed., Welcome Christmas! A Garland Of Poems. New York: The Viking Press, 1955.

Naked boy, brown boy,
    In the snow deep,
Piping, carolling
    Folks out of sleep;
Little shoes, thin shoes,
    All so wet and worn
But I bring the merry news
    Christ is born!

Rise, pretty mistress!
    Don a gay silk;
Give me for my good news
    Bread and new milk.
Joy, joy in Jewry,
    This very morn!
Far and far I carry it
    Christ is born!

Back, back in Bethl'em,
    By the moon still,
There I saw a shepherd
    Sitting on a hill;
"Boy," said he, "bonny boy,
    Take you this horn,
Wend you now and wind it
    Christ is born!"

And whenever people
    Hear the merry blast,
Bells in every steeple,
    Flags on every mast,
Holy boughs and holly
    Adore and adorn,
Far and far and jubilant
    Christ is born!

Therefore I would have you
    People comprehend
Christ is born in Bethl'em
    For to be your friend:
For to bear the agony,
    For to wear the thorn,
For to die on Calvary
    Christ is born!

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