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"Not peace, but a sword."—Matthew x., 34. "What, time the Blessed Babe was born At Bethlehem, on bed of straw, This mournful planet never saw A calmer night, a lovelier morn. For heaven with earth seemed blended, when The gladsome choir of angels sang, Aud sweet and clear their message rang Of " Pcaco on earth, good-will ic men." To-day, in-slcad of angels' strain, Or dulcet chime of Christmas bells. Are. heard the roar of buraiiug shells, And mingled shrieks of bate and pain. For War is here —the dreadful sport Of ghouls en. earr.h and fiends in hell— And .Satan rages tierce and fell. VJ'ell knowing that his time is short. Now niilhon=, in tho mime of Christ, Go forth to kill with sword and flame; Millions who name the Holy Name Now keep with Death a dismal tryst. Did. then, the angel band deceive, That we for peace have woo ami dread:-' Ah, no! 'Tis we who have misread The message of that- Christmas To those who hear and do His word Clirist gives His peaco, with loving smile; But to the perverse and tho vile He brings not peace—He brings a sword. Though (feeding mad Ambition's lust) Man's wrath is raging like a flood. And earth's fair fields are drenched with blood, Unfaltering is the Christian's (rust. Not shortened is the Almighty Arm; Our Odd is true and faithful still: To men of mercy aud good-will He sends His peace 'mid War's alarm. Bo not dismayed, O little flook — Be patient- and resigned and meek; (rods love provides, for thesse who seek, A refuge sure from every shock. Into that chamber, strong and ta-fe, Withdraw —make doors and windows fast Until this wrath be overpa-vt, So shall no fear your spirits chafe; So shall you see, in Taith's clear ken, The coining of that Christmas morn. When Christ the Conqueror .shad bo bom. And bring His endless peace, to men! J. Liddem. Kelly. Auckland. December 20. 1914.

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CHRISTMAS, 1914, Evening Star, Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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CHRISTMAS, 1914 Evening Star, Issue 15685, 26 December 1914