The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Eerily Sweet

Words: Elizabeth Coatsworth

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

The cocks are crowing
To the stars,
One crows to Venus,
And one to Mars.

Like trumpets blown
Across the snow
Eerily sweet
The proud cocks crow.

"It is not dawn
birds of the sun!
On the Milky Way
Still flies the Swan,

"And great Orion
Strides through the air,
And Berenice
Lets down her hair.

"It is not dawn
O birds of the day!
Why do you crow
With the sun far away?"

The cocks crow loud
And the cocks crow clear,
Across the snow
'Tis a joy to hear.

"Once long ago
When the world was young
Over a manger
A bright star hung.

"Marvelled both man
And beast at the sight,
But the cocks saluted
The holy light.

"Proudly they stood
And clapped their wings
To welcome the star
Of the King of kings!

"And now sometimes
Across the snow
We remember that night
And rise, and crow,

"And repeat the chant
To that star thrice blest
'Christus, Christus
Natus est!"'

Like trumpets blown
Across the snow
Eerily sweet
The proud cocks crow.

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