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Christmas in Legend and Story by  Elva S. Smith
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Christmas in Legend and Story
by Elva S. Smith
An exceptional collection of Christmas stories, legends, and poems, that have distinct literary merit, a spirit of reverence, and an appeal for children. Chosen from a wide variety of sources by a pair of children's librarians, the stories represent the work of many writers. The selections are arranged chronologically, beginning with the birth of the Christ Child.  Ages 8-12
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THE HOLY NIGHT

ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING

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We sate among the stalls at Bethlehem;

The dumb kine from their fodder turning them,

Softened their hornèd faces

To almost human gazes

Toward the newly Born:

The simple shepherds from the star-lit brooks

Brought visionary looks,

As yet in their astonied hearing rung

The strange sweet angel-tongue:

The magi of the East, in sandals worn,

Knelt reverent, sweeping round,

With long pale beards, their gifts upon the ground,

The incense, myrrh, and gold

These baby hands were impotent to hold:

So let all earthlies and celestials wait

Upon thy royal state.

Sleep, sleep, my kingly One!





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