‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, in Bethlehem town,
The streets were crowded, no room to be found.
While Joseph on foot, and Mary riding behind,
Searched high and low, no place could they find.
For Mary to rest, save a stable so mean,
Where she gave birth to the Savior, Jesus, the King.
When out on the hillside, there arose such a clatter,
Shepherds started awake wondering what was the matter.
The heavenly light casting shadows below,
Rested on faces longing to know.
When what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a host of angels, saying, “Have no fear!”
Their faces, how they shown, their eyes so bright,
Then one spoke, “Good tidings we bring you this night!
“Born this day in a Bethlehem stall,
Is the Messiah and Savior, King of all!”
Look for this sign, now what could be stranger,
“Your king’s wrapped in cloth and lying in a manger.”
As the angels disappeared into the night,
The shepherds all marveled, wondering if they were right.
Looking one to another they said “Let’s check this out,
Let’s go find out what they’re talking about.”
They made haste as they came, rushing into the town,
Searching for the stable up one street and down.
At last, as the angel had promised they would,
The shepherds found the baby and in awe of him stood.
They worshiped him  and told their story to all,
of how the Messiah rested in an animal’s stall.
And what the angels had told them as they faded from sight,
“Peace on Earth to All, Christ has come this night!”

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