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Christmas in Legend and Story by  Elva S. Smith
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CHRISTMAS CAROL

FROM THE NEAPOLITAN

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When Christ was born in Bethlehem,

'T was night, but seemed the noon of day;

The stars, whose light

Was pure and bright,

Shone with unwavering ray;

But one, one glorious star

Guided the Eastern Magi from afar.



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THE WISE MEN GUIDED BY THE STAR


Then peace was spread throughout the land;

The lion fed beside the tender lamb;

And with the kid,

To pasture led,

The spotted leopard fed;

In peace, the calf and bear,

The wolf and lamb reposed together there.


As shepherds watched their flocks by night,

An angel, brighter than the sun's own light,

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Appeared in air,

And gently said,

Fear not,—be not afraid,

For lo! beneath your eyes,

Earth has become a smiling paradise.


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