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.