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    Music On Christmas Morning

    by Anne Bronte
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    Published in the 1846 collection Poems By Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell under Anne's nom de plume 'Acton Bell'.

    Music I love--but never strain
    Could kindle raptures so divine,
    So grief assuage, so conquer pain,
    And rouse this pensive heart of mine--
    As that we hear on Christmas morn,
    Upon the wintry breezes borne.

    Though Darkness still her empire keep,
    And hours must pass, ere morning break;
    From troubled dreams, or slumbers deep,
    That music KINDLY bids us wake:
    It calls us, with an angel's voice,
    To wake, and worship, and rejoice;

    To greet with joy the glorious morn,
    Which angels welcomed long ago,
    When our redeeming Lord was born,
    To bring the light of Heaven below;
    The Powers of Darkness to dispel,
    And rescue Earth from Death and Hell.

    While listening to that sacred strain,
    My raptured spirit soars on high;
    I seem to hear those songs again
    Resounding through the open sky,
    That kindled such divine delight,
    In those who watched their flocks by night.

    With them I celebrate His birth--
    Glory to God, in highest Heaven,
    Good-will to men, and peace on earth,
    To us a Saviour-king is given;
    Our God is come to claim His own,
    And Satan's power is overthrown!

    A sinless God, for sinful men,
    Descends to suffer and to bleed;
    Hell MUST renounce its empire then;
    The price is paid, the world is freed,
    And Satan's self must now confess
    That Christ has earned a RIGHT to bless:

    Now holy Peace may smile from heaven,
    And heavenly Truth from earth shall spring:
    The captive's galling bonds are riven,
    For our Redeemer is our king;
    And He that gave his blood for men
    Will lead us home to God again.
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