Christ's Nativity

Original Text: 
Henry Vaughan, Silex Scintillans (1650; facs. edn., Scolar Press, 1970). PR 3669 R2 1680AC Robarts Library
1Awake, glad heart! get up and sing!
2It is the birth-day of thy King.
3      Awake! awake!
4      The Sun doth shake
5Light from his locks, and all the way
6Breathing perfumes, doth spice the day.
7Awake, awake! hark how th' wood rings;
8Winds whisper, and the busy springs
9      A concert make;
10      Awake! awake!
11Man is their high-priest, and should rise
12To offer up the sacrifice.
13I would I were some bird, or star,
14Flutt'ring in woods, or lifted far
15      Above this inn
16      And road of sin!
17Then either star or bird should be
18Shining or singing still to thee.
19I would I had in my best part
20Fit rooms for thee! or that my heart
21      Were so clean as
22      Thy manger was!
23But I am all filth, and obscene;
24Yet, if thou wilt, thou canst make clean.
25Sweet Jesu! will then. Let no more
26This leper haunt and soil thy door!
27      Cure him, ease him,
28      O release him!
29And let once more, by mystic birth,
30The Lord of life be born in earth.
Publication Start Year: 
1650
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.471; RPO 1996-2000.
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