Poetry of Kansas

Christmas Day

How I love to see old Christmas
    Coming back to us once more;
How I used to yearn to see it
    Coming to boyhood's door.
But when I grew to manhood,
    The yearning was the same;
And now I begin to understand
    Where Christmas got its name.
It was the greatest day on earth,
    That ever came or can;
'Tis the day that doth commemorate
    The greatest joys to man.
'Tis the day of His nativity,
    Which by men in days of yore
His coming down upon the earth
    Had been prophesied before.
'Tis a day of great rejoicing,
    And should be while we live;
'Tis a time of godly actions,
    First our enemies to forgive.

__E. P. Hayden

Poets and Poetry of Kansas
Thomas B. Herringshaw
(Chicago: American Publishers Association. 1894)
Page 254

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