The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

If Ye Would Hear

Words: Dora Greenwell

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

If ye would hear the angels sing
    "Peace on earth and mercy mild,"
    Think of him who was once a child,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

If ye would hear the angels sing,
    Rise, and spread your Christmas fare;
    'Tis merrier still the more that share,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Rise and bake your Christmas bread:
    Christians, rise! the world is bare,
    And blank, and dark with want and care,
Yet Christmas comes in the morning.

If ye would hear the angels sing,
    Rise, and light your Christmas fire:
    And see that ye pile the logs still higher
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Rise, and light your Christmas fire;
    Christians, rise! the world is old,
    And Time is weary, and worn, and cold,
Yet Christmas comes in the morning.

If ye would hear the angels sing,
    Christians! see ye let each door
    Stand wider than it e'er stood before,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Rise, and open wide the door;
    Christians, rise! the world is wide,
    And many there be that stand outside,
Yet Christmas comes in the morning.

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