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[286] And all was changed. From a transfigured world
     The moon's ghost fled, the smoke of home-hearths curled
Up the still air unblown.
     In Orient warmth and brightness, did that morn
O'er Nain and Nazareth, when the Christ was born,
     Break fairer than our own?

The morning's promise noon and eve fulfilled
     In warm, soft sky and landscape hazy-hilled
And sunset fair as they;
     A sweet reminder of His holiest time,
A summer-miracle in our winter clime,
     God gave a perfect day.

The near was blended with the old and far,
     And Bethlehem's hillside and the Magi's star
Seemed here, as there and then,—
     Our homestead pine-tree was the Syrian palm,
Our heart's desire the angels' midnight psalm,
     Peace, and good — will to men!

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