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*Past Poems Celebrating the Birth of Christ*

HOW MANY? HOW LONG?

How many camels? How many slaves?

How many servants well paid?

How many tents? How many strong staves,

From rough sawn to the inlaid?

2

How many full moons? How many nights?

How many miles of bright sands?

How many meals? How many fire lights,

Across foreign-sounding lands?

3

How many rivers? How many lakes?

How many wanderings ‘most lost?

How many rugs, how many it takes,

To hold off withering frost!

4

But on they came, those wise men of yore,

On through the hindrances mean,

On till they laid their whole stock and store,

By the King whose star they’d seen.

5

How long did it “take them” to worship?

How long to honor their King?

How long before with quivering lip,

They dared raise voices to sing?

6

How long before they quietly moved?

How long ere they left that day?

How long ere they noddingly approved?

To harness beast and . . . away?

7

How long did they think without a sound?

How long in reverend talk?

How much changed were they by the King found?

–  –  – As long as their whole-life’s walk!

– eab, 12/2/06

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How many camels?  How many slaves?  [1]

How many servants well paid?

How many tents? How many strong staves,

From rough sawn to the inlaid?

 

How many full moons?  How many nights?

How many miles of bright sands?

How many meals?  How many fire lights,

Across foreign-sounding lands?

 

How many rivers?  How many lakes?

How many wanderings ‘most lost?

How many rugs, how many it takes,

To hold off withering frost!

 

But on they came, those wise men of yore,

On through the hindrances mean,

On till they laid their whole stock and store,

By the King whose star they’d seen.

 

How long did it “take them” to worship?

How long to honor their King?

How long before with quivering lip,

They dared raise voices to sing?

 

How long before they quietly moved?

How long ere they left that day?

How long ere they noddingly approved?

To harness beast and . . . away?

 

How long did they think without a sound?

How long in reverend talk?

How much changed were they by the King found?

          – As long as their whole-life’s walk!

                                – eab, 12/2/06


[1] 2006 Bryan Christmas Card

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