Christmas Eve: Sunset

John Bannister Tabb

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Once more upon the western skies
The "flaming sword" appears,
And Eve again from Paradise
Departs in twilight tears.

A backward look,--a memory
O'ershadowing afar
A promise,--of her progeny
The sole remaining star;

And dreams that waken in the gloom
The glory of a morn
When, mothered in a Maiden's womb,
The Son of God is born.

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