The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Ox and the Ass

Words: Edith Simpson

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

'What do you see in the sky, brown Ox,
Gazing so far, so far?"
"I can remember when such a night
Was lit by a wondrous star!"

"Why are you twitching your ears, grey Ass,
Listening so long, so long?"
"Once, earth was filled with the rush of wings
And my ears with a joyful song!"

"Why are you sniffing the air, brown Ox,
So eager and so intent?"
"I can remember when kingly forms
Brought gifts with a strange sweet scent."

"Why do you muzzle the hay, grey Ass,
With touch so light, so light?"
"There was a Child whose bed was hay
On such a starlit night!"

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