Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas from Henry Vaughan (1621-1695)

For Christmas Love, Joy, and above all Peace, we bring you a Christmas Poem by my ancient cousin, Henry Vaughan, the Silurist:


My soul, there is a country
     Far beyond the stars,
Where stands a wingéd sentry
     All skilful in the wars;

There above the noise and danger,
     Sweet Peace sits crown’d with smiles,
And One born in a manger
     Commands the beauteous files.

He is thy gracious Friend,
     And—O my Soul awake!—
Did in pure love descend
     To die here for thy sake.

If thou canst get but thither,
     There grows the flower of Peace,
The Rose that cannot wither,
     Thy fortress and thy ease.

Leave then thy foolish ranges,
     For none can thee secure
But One, who never changes,
     Thy God, thy life, thy cure.

Other Christmas Poems by Henry Vaughan:

Christ's Nativity
The Shepherds
The True Christmas

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