The Gates of Time and Other Poems

by Frederick George Scott


 

HYMN TO THE INFANT JESUS


 

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.