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The Oxen

Link: The Oxen – Create a quiet moment with the poem for today…one of my favorites…and it’s been set to music by Ralph Von Williams also if you like that sort of song….and if you’d enjoy a brief explanation and some reflection questions on the poem, you can find that here: http://ift.tt/1T4qYAq

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

Thomas Hardy

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