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People, Look East
Eleanor Farjeon


People, look east. The time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the guest, is on the way.

Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare,
One more seed is planted there:
Give up your strength the seed to nourish,
That in course the flower may flourish.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the rose, is on the way.

Birds, though you long have ceased to build,
Guard the nest that must be filled.
Even the hour when wings are frozen
God for fledging time has chosen.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the bird, is on the way.

Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim
One more light the bowl shall brim,
Shining beyond the frosty weather,
Bright as sun and moon together.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the star, is on the way.

Angels, announce with shouts of mirth
Christ who brings new life to earth.
Set every peak and valley humming
With the word, the Lord is coming.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the Lord, is on the way.

This poem is in the public domain.


Eleanor Farjeon (1881 - 1965) was an award-winning English author of primarily children's literature. Born into a literary family (her parents and siblings were all writers, except for one brother who was a composer), "Nellie," as she was called, started writing when she was a child. She was friends with many leading authors of her time, including D.H. Lawrence and Robert Frost. Though Eleanor produced a tremendous amount of work--more than eighty books of children's stories and poems, adult novels, and other work, plus numerous school plays--her best known creations are the poem, "Morning Has Broken," made popular in the song by Cat Stevens, and this poem, "People Look East," which someone paired up with an old French melody to create a Christmas carol that first appeared in 1928.


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I know the music and sang along, mentally. Nice to read the whole thing, a mastering of rhyme and rhythm.
Posted 12/24/2018 11:27 AM
Lovely! I also listened to the music of this, Beautiful!
Posted 12/24/2018 11:04 AM
This is beautiful!!
Posted 12/24/2018 09:31 AM
Love (my apologies for the word choice) the last line. "Love, the Lord, is on the way."
Posted 12/24/2018 07:38 AM

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