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W. Garrett Horder, comp. The Poets’ Bible: New Testament. 1895.

The Angels, for the Nativitie of Our Lord

William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)

RUN, shepherds, run where Bethlem blest appears;

We bring the best of news, be not dismay’d,

A Saviour there is born, more old than years,

Amidst the rolling heaven this earth who stay’d:

In a poor cottage inn’d, a virgin maid,

A weakling did him bear who all upbears;

There he in clothes is wrapped, in manger laid,

To whom too narrow swaddlings are our spheres.

Run, shepherds, run, and solemnise his birth;

This is that night, no day, grown great with bliss,

In which the power of Satan broken is;

In heaven be glory; peace unto the earth.

Thus singing through the air the angels swam,

And all the stars re-echoed the same.