The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hail! Noble Face of Noble Friend

Words: Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894)

See: Christmastide Poems of Christina Rossetti

Source: The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti, Vol. 3, page 347, R. W. Crump, ed.

Hail, noble face of noble friend!
Hail, honoured master hand and dear!
On you may Christmas good descend
And blessings of the unknown year
So soon to overtake us here.
Unknown, yet well known: I portend
Love starts the course, love seals the end.

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