On the Morning of Christs Nativity

Author: John Milton  | Date: 1629

On the Morning of Christs Nativity

Compos’d 1629


THIS is the Month, and this the happy morn

Wherin the Son of Heav’ns eternal King,

Of wedded Maid, and Virgin Mother born,

Our great redemption from above did bring;

For so the holy sages once did sing,

That he our deadly forfeit should release,

And with his Father work us a perpetual peace.


That glorious Form, that Light unsufferable,

And that far-beaming blaze of Majesty,

Wherwith he wont at Heav’ns high Councel-Table,

To sit the midst of Trinal Unity,

He laid aside; and here with us to be,

Forsook the Courts of everlasting Day,

And chose with us a darksom House of mortal Clay.


Say Heav’nly Muse, shall not thy sacred vein

Afford a present to the Infant God?

Hast thou no vers, no hymn, or solemn strein,

To welcom him to this his new abode,

Now while the Heav’n by the Suns team untrod,

Hath took no print of the approching light,

And all the spangled host keep watch in squadrons bright?


See how from far upon the Eastern rode

The Star-led Wisards haste with odours sweet,

O run, prevent them with thy humble ode,

And lay it lowly at his blessed feet;

Have thou the honour first, thy Lord to greet,

And joyn thy voice unto the Angel Quire,

From out his secret Altar toucht with hallow’d fire.


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