Christmas Day


THE Christmas chimes are pealing high

Beneath the solemn Christmas sky,

And blowing winds their notes prolong

Like echoes from an angel's song;


Good will and peace, peace and good will,

Ring out the carols glad and gay,

Telling the heavenly message still,

That Christ the child was born today.


In lowly hut and palace hall 

Peasant and king keep festival,

And childhood wears a fairer guise,

And tenderer shine all mother-eyes;


The aged man forgets his years,

The mirthful heart is doubly gay,

The sad are cheated of their tears,

For Christ the Lord was born today.



Susan Coolidge