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Wednesday
Dec102008

Some Children See Him

Madonna and Child, Madame Lo Chang, 20th century

Some Children See Him

Some children see Him lily white
the infant Jesus born this night
Some children see Him lily white
with tresses soft and fair.

Some children see Him bronzed and brown
the Lord of heav'n to earth come down
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
with dark and heavy hair.

Some children see Him almond-eyed
This Saviour whom we kneel beside
Some children see Him almond-eyed
With skin of yellow hue.

Some children see Him dark as they
Sweet Mary's Son to whom we pray
Some children see Him dark as they
And, ah! they love Him so!

The children in each different place
Will see the Baby Jesus' face
Like theirs but bright with heav'nly grace
And filled with holy light.

O lay aside each earthly thing
and with thy heart as offering
Come worship now the infant King
'tis love that's born tonight.

--Alfred Burt (1920-1954)

Reader Comments (6)

That gave me the shivers. In a good, goose bumpy sort of way.

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

This certainly makes one think!

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi Ashworth

I love that poem. I heard it Saturday night at a choral concert. It's haunting and lovely. Thanks Luisa!

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSydneyMin

One I've actually heard!

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenna Consolo

I adore the Alfred Burt carols! And that Chinese Madonna is very intriguing.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercharrette

wow wow wow, that poem runs shivers down my spine. So beautiful!

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGoofball

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