Poetry of Kansas

Bethlehem

The wondering stars of Christmas Eve,
      The angels sang to them
Of a King of Glory who should come
      That night to Bethlehem.
 
The stars shone east, the stars shone west,
      And north and south they shone;
Yet they saw no king come riding by,
      They saw no stately throne.
 
But when the morning hours were young
      They stood aside to light
The way of a happy little babe
      To Bethlehem that night.
 
And one star, brightest of them all,
      Stood watchful guard above
A manger, warmed by the cattle's breath
      And a wondrous mother-love.
 
'Twas "Peace on earth, good will to men!"
      The angels sang on high,
While sweet young Mary hushed her heart
      To hear her first-born's cry.
 
"O saw ye Him?" the angels sang,
      And the tired stars answered them:
"Not we! But a little child was born
      This night in Bethlehem!"

__Ester M. (Clark) Hill.

 

The Call of Kansas and Other Poems
Esther M. (Clark) Hill
(Cedar Rapids: Torch Press. __)
Page 54

 
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