The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christmas Eve

Mathilde Blind (1841-1896)
From "The Prophecy of St Oran and other poems"

Source: "Christmas Carols - Old & New." London: G. G. Harrup & Co., ca. 1918, pp. 78-9.

Alone with one fair star for company,
The lovliest star among the hosts of night,
While the grey tide ebbs with the ebbing light
I peace along the darkening wintry sea.
Now round the yule log and the glittering tree
    Twinkling with festive tapers, eyes as bright
    Sparkle with Christmas joys and young delight,
As each one gathers to his family.

But I a waif on earth where'er I roam
    Uprooted with life's bleeding hopes and fears
From that one heart that was my heart's sole home,
    Feel the old pang pierce through the severing years,
And as I think upon the years to come
    That fair star trembles through my falling tears.

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