Frederick George Scott

COLLECTED POEMS


 

Hymn to the Infant Saviour

A CAROL



O wondrous love of God,
           That men will cast away,
O wondrous love of God,
           Come to my heart and stay.

Cast out all trifling things,

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           False loves and toys of earth;
Enter, great King of Kings,
           In me once more have birth.

O little face of love,
           Against thy mother’s breast,

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The starry hosts above
           Are resting in thy rest.

O little hands of power,
           O infant’s panting breath—
Eternity’s at flower

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           And life is born of death.

O little clinging mite,
           Beneath thy mother’s face,
Thy dreaming eyes have sight,
           Beyond the bounds of space.

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So fair and white thy throne,
           O little tired one, sleep;
The legions are thine own,
           That guard the starlit deep.

O wondrous love of God,

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           Cast not my love away;
Enter my heart, my God,
           Enter my heart and stay. [Page 141]