Christmas Party

Time to be quiet now
Baby at peace
Warmed by the nursing
The breath of the beasts

Many the stars
That burn overhead
Light for a coverlet
Manger the bed

Close to His cradle
Cockerels roam
Splendid as kings
In wattles and combs

Sheepdogs the servants
Donkeys the lords
Oxen the choristers
Lowing the words

Now in the silence
Modest and weak
Mouse and her nestlings
Rummage and squeak

High in the rafters
Swallows have nests
Choirs of pigeons
Sing Him to rest

Court of the angels
Heaven has choirs
Never more faithful
Than beasts in the byres

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