O First and with the last! annul our ruined past,/Rebuild us to Thy glory, set us free/From sin and from sorrow to fall down and worship Thee.
Love came down at Christmas,/Love all lovely, Love Divine;/Love was born at Christmas,/Star and Angels gave the sign.
Christmas hath a darkness/Brighter than the blazing noon,/Christmas hath a chillness/Warmer than the heat of June,
Behold, the Bridegroom cometh: go ye out/With lighted lamps and garlands round about/To meet Him in a rapture with a shout.
Earth grown old, yet still so green,/Deep beneath her crust of cold/Nurses fire unfelt, unseen:/Earth grown old.