Quotes, sayings & poems

Christmas Verses

A little smile

A little smile, a word of cheer,
A bit of love from someone near,
A little gift from one held dear,
Best wishes for the coming year.
These make a Merry Christmas!

- unknown

Rise, Shepherds

Rise, shepherds, though the night is deep,
Rise from your slumber's dreaming!
Jesus, the shepherd, watch does keep,
In love all men redeeming.
Hasten to May, and look for her Child,
Come, shepherds, and greet our Savior mild!

- Austrian Shepherd's song

Bring Your Pipes

Bring your pipes and bring your drum,
Call the shepherds all to come;
Hasten quick, no time to lose,
Don't forget your dancing shoes,
Frolic we right merrily:
He will laugh with happy glee,
Yes, and smile, and we will dance,
While He claps His tiny hands.

- Austrian Shepherd's song

So Come We Running

So come we running to the crib,
I and also you,
A bee line into Bethlehem,
Hopsa, trala, loo!
Oh, baby dear, take anything
Of all the little gifts we bring,
Take apples or take butter,
Oh, have some pears or yellow cheese,
Have nuts or plums or what you please.

- Austrian Shepherd's song

The Shepherds Knew

The shepherds knew
That the Child wanted a fiesta
And every one of them wore out
A hundred pairs of castanets.

- from a Spanish carol

We saw a light

We saw a light shine out afar
On Christmas in the morning,
And knew we straight it was Christ's star
Bright beaming in the morning.
Then did we fall on bended knee
On Christmas in the morning,
And praised the Lord who'd let us see
His glory at its dawning.

- Old English carol

Morning Star

Morning Star, O cheering sight!
Ere Thou cam'st, how dark the night!
Jesus mine, in me shine,
Fill my heart with light divine.

- from a Moravian Hymn

One Glorious Star

When Christ was born in Bethlehem
T'was night, but seemed the noon of day.
The stars whose light was pure and bright
Shone with unwavering ray.
But one, one glorious star
Guided the Eastern Magi from afar.

- from a Sicilian Shepherd's Carol translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A little child

A little child,
A shining star.
A stable rude,
The door ajar.
Yet in that place,
So crude, folorn,
The Hope of all
The world was born.

- unknown

I saw a sweet, a seemly sight

I saw a sweet, a seemly sight,
A blissful bird, a blossom bright,
That morning made and mirth among:
A maiden mother meek and mild
In cradle keep a simple child
That softly slept; she sat and sang:
"Lullay, lulla, balow,
My babe, sleep softly now.

- English, 15th century

As Joseph was a-walking

As Joseph was a-walking
He heard an angel sing,
"This night shall be the birth-time
Of Christ, the Heavenly King.
He neither shall be born
In house nor in hall
Nor in a place of paradise,
But in an ox's stall.
He shall not be clothed

In purple nor in pall;
But in the fair white linen,
That usen babies all.
He neither shall be rocked

In silver nor in gold,
But in a wooden manger
That resteth on the mold."
As Joseph was a-awalking

There did an angel sing,
And Mary's child at midnight
Was born to be our King.
Then be ye glad, good people,

This night of all the year,
And light ye up your candles,
For his star it shineth clar.

- Old English