The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Ox and Donkey's Carol

Words: Sister Maris Stella

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

The Christ-child lay in the ox's stall,
The stars shone great and the stars shone small,
But one bright star outshone them all.

The cattle stood in the cleanly straw
And strange to them was the sight they saw.
The ox and the donkey watched with awe.

The shepherds ran from the uplands wide,
The sheepbells tinkled, the angels cried
Joy to the dreaming countryside.

The three kings bowed at the stable door,
Their raiment trailed on the dusty floor.
They saw the light they had journeyed for.

The kings came last in a lordly throng,
The shepherds ran in the space of a song,
But the beasts had been there all night long.
            NoŽl NoŽl NoŽl!

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