The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

To The Child Jesus

Henry Van Dyke

Source: The Poems of Henry Van Dyke. London: Arthur F. Bird, 1925, p. 230.

I
THE NATIVITY

Could every time-worn heart but see Thee once again,
A happy human child, among the homes of men,
The age of doubt would pass,—the vision of Thy face
Would silently restore the childhood of the race.

II
THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT

Thou wayfaring Jesus, a pilgrim and stranger,
Exiled from heaven by love at thy birth,
Exiled again from thy rest in the manger,
A fugitive child 'mid the perils of earth,—
Cheer with thy fellowship all who are weary,
Wandering far from the land that they love;
Guide every heart that is homeless and dreary,
Safe to its home in thy presence above.

Note:

Works which contain Christmas Prose from Henry Van Dyke:

The Lost Word - Christmas Stories

The Blue Flower

The First Christmas Tree

The Spirit of Christmas

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