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fc'IIIS Is tho month, and this the happy mora
I Wherein the Son of heaven's eternal Kin?
r Of wodded Maid and Virgin Mother born. '
Our great redemption from aboo did bring:
For so the holy sages onco did sing.
That He our deadly forfeit should release.
And with Ills Father work us a perpetual peace.
That glorious form, that light unsufferable.
And that far beanlng blare of majesty.
Wherewith He wont at heaven's high council table
To sit the midst of Trlnal Unity.
He laid aside: and. hero with us to be.
Forsook the courts of everlasting day.
And chose with us a darksome house of mortal clay.
Op was tho winter wild.
II While the heaven born Child
M All meanl) wrapt In the rude manger lies:
Nature In awe to Htm.
The shepherds on tho lawn.
Or ere the point of dawn.
Sat simply chatting In a rustic row;
Fun little thought they then
I hat the mighty Pan
Was kindly come to live with them below:
Perhaps their lo cs. or else their sheep.
vWas all that did their silly thoughts so busy keep.
mZ hostel door Is barred.
I The night Is dumb and dark as death.
V Maid Mary:
The snow Is frozen slippery hard.
"But all the skies are slherstarred.
And scents of cassia and of nard
, Are wafted round my wayl " she with. Maid Mary.
The stable door stands wide.
I Scant lodging thero for thee and me. Maid Mary:
The sleepy cattle stir Inside.
But there Is room where ono may hldo
Against the happy morning tide.
That brings my Joy of Joys I" salth she. Maid Mary.
Had dorrd her gaudy trim.
With her great Master so to sympathize:
It was no season then for her
To wanton with the sun. her lusty paramour.'
No war. or battle's sound.
Was heard tho world around:
The Idle spear and sMeld were high up-hung1
Tho hooked chariot stood - '
Unslaln'd with hostile blood:
Tbe trumpet spake not to the armed throng.'
And Kings sat still with awful rye.
As If they surely knew their sovrea Lord vas by.1
But peaceful was the night
Wherein the Prince of Ught
Ills reign of peace upon tho earth began:1
The winds, with wonder whist
Smoothly the Haters klst
hlsperlng new Joys to tho mild oceanA ,
Who now hath quite forgot to rave.
While birds of calm sit brooding on the charmed i
The stars, with deep amaze.
Stand lU'd In steadfast ga:o.
Bonding ono way their precious Influence.
And will not take their flight " ,
For all tho morning light.
Or inciter, that often warn'd them thence:
DJt In their glimmering orbs did glow. '
Until their Lord Himself bespake. and bid them go.
Hew prince. Hew pomp
EHOLD a silly tender Babe.
In freezing winter night.
In homely manger trembling lies
Alas I a piteous sight
The Inns are full, no man will yield
' This little Pilgrim bed:
i But forced He Is with silly beasts
In crib to shroud His head.
Despise Him not for tying there.
First what He Is Inquire:
t An orient pearl Is often found
In depth of dirty mire.
I Weigh not Ills crib. His wooden dish.
I Nor beasts that by Him feed :
I Weigh not His mother s poor attire.
Nor Joseph's simple weed,
This stable Is a prime's court ,
I The crib His chair of stale :
The beasts are parcel of His portp.
The woo Jen dish His plate. A
With Joy approach. 0 Christian wight I
Do homage to thy King :
And highly praise this humble pomp.
Which He from heaven doth bring
Lie N 1
Unfortunately tho morning papers
neglect to say whether that young
man who ha3 decided to work for a
living is a second or third cousin of
B. H. Harrlman.
An Ohio convict who was out on pa
cole was put hack in prison hecauso
ho got married. Isn't it ahout timo
for some of tho women's clubs to tako
Ohio under consideration?
Russell Sage's nephew has gono on
tho stage as a member of tho chorus
In ono of tho musical comedies. If
ho had been Russell's niece ho would
havo begun as a prima donna.
Vanderbilt will send anybody a
booklet freo, telling how ho mado
M.OOO grow to $1,000,000. Now will
Homebody please issue directions for
icqulring $1,000 quickly and safely. .
Secretary Taft reassures Panama
rvith tho ofllclal statement that tho
LTnitod States has no othor design
jpon the isthmus than to build a ca
rial. It won't even take away the
Jack Tar is notoriously a "merry
Boul," whether afloat or on shore; but
onco a year he lays himself out to
pellpso even himself, and that Is on
Christmas day. It matters nothing
whero ho may And himself dodging
IccbtM'gs In the nonhcrn seas, cruis
ing among palni-iringod Pacific Isl
ands, or In port H.OOO leagues from
the lass ho lovesIt's all the same to
Jack; ho moans to havo what ho ox
proabivoly calls a "high old time"
and ho has It.
And ho sets about it thoroughly
and systematically, as becomes a
sailor. Long before ho illngs himself
Into his hammock on Christmas evo
to dream, It may bo, of tho "old folk
at homo," everything is practically
ready for tho morrow's feasting and
revelry. All day long busy hands have
been engaged in converting the mess
deck into a veritable fairy scene of
color and gaiety. Roses thero aro In
thousands, of all colors of tho rain
bow, and all fashioned by clover flu
gors; furlongs of gay paper festoons;
devices and mottoes of all kinds gllt
jer from tho walls, and all so skil
fully arranged and blended that ono
is tempted to think that, after all,
Jack has missed his vocation and
nhould havo been an artist.
' Now all is ready for Father Christ
mas. First comes an impressive cere
Imony, when tho men, in immnculato
duck, are paraded for service; tho
'flag is hauled down, and In Its placo
,iho red cross pennon of tho church
Unfolds in tho breeze, and four or llvo
hundred lusty voices join with tho
band in sending ono good old Christ
inas hymn after another rolling up in
majestic volume of sound to tho bluo
of heaven. Thero is no sermon, just
a few hymns and prayers; but you
won't find a more impressivo Christ
mas servlco tho big world through.
Then como tho finishing touches
to tho mess deck fairyland, each mess
trying its hardest to eclipso all tho
Others in wealth and skill of decora
tion. As tho hour of noon draws near!
tho petty ofllcers of tho watch glvo
placo to tho smallest lads aboard, who
strut about in their mimic dignity'
and send ofllcers and crow into con
vulsions of laughter. And then, at tho
first stroke of eight bells tho capluinj
and his ofllcers pay their stato visit1
of Inspection to tho mess deck.
Tho plum puddings aro sampled
amid deafening cheers, tho decora
tions aro duly admired and praised,'
and after a few seasonable remarks
and good wishes tho skipper with
draws himself and his suite, and tho
"feeding and fun" begin. Such feed
ing and such fun It Is, too; but, In
delicacy, lot us leave Jack to It and
Join him again when tho last mouth
ful of plum pudding has vanished and,
seated and happy, ho produces his
pipe tho crown of tho feast.
For hours now tho Innocent revelry
lasts. Songs with rousing choruses,
recitations, hornpipes, music on half
a score of instruments, follow ono an
other in endless succession; jollity
rubs shoulders with sentiment, and
maybo a roar of laughtor gives placo
to a moist eyo, a tribute to tho loved
ones far away, brought to mind by a
tender song. For Jack has a very
tondor heart and a loyal memory.
A diversion may tako tho form of
a raid on a popular officer and a chair
ing and ovation, to which ho submits
liko a well pleased, If ombnrrassed,
martyr. And thus tho hours fly in a
Jollity which will brighten by its mem
ory many a long day to corao. But -tho
longost and gladdest day has its
onding. "Out pipes" is sounded, and
when Jack at last tumbles into his
hammock, weary and happy, wo may
bo suro ho needs no rocking.
Tho aroma of a tlower does not de
pend on its size.