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.


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.


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.


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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