The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Ending of the Year

Words: Eleanor Farjeon

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

When trees did show no leaves,
    And grass no daisies had,
And fields had lost their sheaves,
    And streams in ice were clad,
And day of light was shorn,
    And wind had got a spear,
Jesus Christ was born
    In the ending of the year.

Like green leaves when they grow,
    He shall for comfort be;
Like life in streams shall flow,
    For running water He;
He shall raise hope like corn
    For barren fields to bear,
And therefore He was born
    In the ending of the year.

Like daisies to the grass
    His innocence Hell bring;
In keenest winds that pass
    His flowering love shall spring;
The rising of the morn
    At midnight shall appear,
Whenever Christ is born
    In the ending of the year.

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