24 December 2007

The Oxen

I'm thinking of Jeffrey this evening.

The Oxen

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.
‘Now they are all on their knees,’
An elder said as we sat in a flock
By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures where
They dwelt in their strawy pen,
Nor did it occur to one of us there
To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave
In these years! Yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve,
‘Come, see the oxen kneel!

In the lowly barton by yonder coomb
Our childhood used to know’;
I should go with him in the gloom,
Hoping it might be so.

Thomas Hardy


Mulier Fortis said...

Happy Christmas, Ttony!

WhiteStoneNameSeeker said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours.