The Spirit of Christmas

What is the spirit of Christmas? ... Wise,Seeing world-widely with kindly eyes,Hearing full truly with ears of love,Speaking resoundingly from aboveThe darkling senses and ways of woe:"Whence all these earth pangs? Wherefore goSeeking, O man, through a wildernessBalm for the human mind's distress?Know'st not the secret, still adorningThat age-old message of Christmas morning,Peace on earth?"

Echoing down from the Bethlehem hills,Calmly it banishes, heals, and stillsOld trembling dreads and tomorrow-fears,Old residue of forgotten years;And, showing the Christ-idea, still new—A Christmas measured the whole year through—Gives reassurance from heaven sent:The government—aye, the governmentRests on his shoulders!O Counselor,Could man, God-guarded, ask for more?Peace on earth!

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