“This Joy Of Which The Angel Spoke” by Darius M. Ratcliff

Christmas Greetings”, Vintage Postcard, International Art Company


THIS JOY OF WHICH THE ANGEL

This joy of which the angel spoke,

When heavenly light the shepherds woke;

Was it a dream from fancy wrought?

Or something real by heaven taught?

The baffled lives of millions now,

Who frantic to their idols bow;

Who live where earthly pleasures are,

Or follow gain’s deceiving star;

Bemock the angel’s glad acclaim,

Ignore the Christ who lowly came.

The angel’s words they scarce believe,

Because the joy they don’t receive.

A remnant though a chose few,

Whose hearts by Christ who lowly came.

Have found the joy the angel scanned,

The joy that God for all had planned.

The buried treasure they have found,

While treading near Immanuel’s ground:

The pearl of matchless price descried,

And bought it with all else beside.

Let’s make the message loud and clear,

That all may know, afar and near;

Nor let the fogs that settle down

This Christmas joy in darkness drown.

If this rich joy we’ve failed to taste,

And life becomes a weary waste;

Be still and hear the angel’s voice.

We yet may in the Christ rejoice.

We’ll have to from OUR way repent,

And follow Him whom God has sent.

God is not mocked, be not deceived,

As we have sowed we have received.

If with the world we’ve sown our seed,

Why should we frown at worldly weed?

But if to Christ our all we’ll sow,

We’ll reap both life and JOY below.

Image retrieved from:
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Source:
Image Title:  Christmas greetings. Additional Name(s): International Art Publishing Co. — Publisher. Published Date: ca. 191-. Notes: Printed on recto: “The glory of the Lord shone round about them. Luke 2.9.” Source: Holiday postcards / Christmas — Religious. Source Description: 21 postcards : col. ; 9 x 14 cm. Location: Mid-Manhattan Library / Picture Collection. Catalog Call Number: PC POC – Christmas – Religious .Digital ID: 1588600. Record ID: 1065504. Digital Item Published: 8-8-2007; updated 5-15-2012.

 

 

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