Front Cover
 Title Page
 The star of Bethlehem
 A little child's Christmas...
 The carol singers
 The absent one
 The new Christmas
 The children's home
 Elsie's doll
 Santa Claus
 The Chirst-child
 The bells' blessing
 Granny's Christmas
 The peasant's Christmas eve
 The three arrows
 The years take all
 Back Cover

Group Title: Star of Bethlehem
Title: The star of Bethlehem
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00055794/00001
 Material Information
Title: The star of Bethlehem
Physical Description: 48 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Weatherly, Frederic Edward, 1848-1929
Edwards, Mary Ellen, 1839-ca. 1910 ( Illustrator )
Staples, John C ( Illustrator )
Whitney, Geo. C ( Publisher )
Hildesheimer and Faulkner ( Publisher )
Publisher: Hildesheimer & Faulkner
Geo. C. Whitney
Place of Publication: London
New York
Publication Date: [1888?]
Subject: Christmas -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Poverty -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry -- 1888   ( lcsh )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1888   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1888
Genre: Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Publishers' advertisements   ( rbgenr )
poetry   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
United States -- New York -- New York
Statement of Responsibility: by Frederic E. Weatherly ; illustrated by M. Ellen Edwards, vignettes by John C. Staples.
General Note: Date of publication from inscription.
General Note: Some illustrations printed in sepia.
General Note: Pictorial publisher's advertisements on endpapers.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00055794
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002225106
notis - ALG5378
oclc - 70222512

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Title Page
        Page 3
    The star of Bethlehem
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
    A little child's Christmas prayer
        Page 8
        Page 9
    The carol singers
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
    The absent one
        Page 14
        Page 15
    The new Christmas
        Page 16
        Page 17
    The children's home
        Page 18
        Page 19
    Elsie's doll
        Page 20
        Page 21
    Santa Claus
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
    The Chirst-child
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
    The bells' blessing
        Page 34
        Page 35
        Page 36
    Granny's Christmas
        Page 37
        Page 38
        Page 39
    The peasant's Christmas eve
        Page 40
        Page 41
    The three arrows
        Page 42
        Page 43
    The years take all
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
    Back Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
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be poop and baltiog abynmes 1 rmale,
for all your loe,for all yoUI eape
Sbat rade r)y ebildbood-days so fair.

(lodas you read tbe t-embliog rbynres
Jrod -ro to t hose rermemrbered times,
You'll beap ry oiee,perebaree,ar)d see
7oulIrU Ile boy uLpor) your loee.

'beon take tber,notber,to your breast,
o you I give my first and best,
for I all th's good and pure ar)d tri.e,
I lerot from you,I leaao)t forr you.





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Sof 3etllehem.

was the e4V of Christmras.tbe sr)o lay deep ood white,
I sat beside my wiodow' ad looked into the noibt;
Sbheard the church-bells ringing, 1 saw the brigbt stars sbine,
And childhood came agair to me with all its dreams divide.

hber, as J listened to the bells, and watched the skies afar,
Out of the Cast majestical there rose one radiant star,
And eePy other star grew' pale, before that bea/eolny g1ow/
It seemed to bid me follow aod I could not choose but go.

From street to street it led me, by maoy a ma sion fair,
ft shone tbro' diogy casements on many a garret bare,
From bi~bhway or to bihbwy, tbro' alley dark aod cold,
And where it sbooe the darkness was flooded all with gold.

Sad hearts forgot tbeir sorrrooubg beats prew soft and mild,
And Weary little children turned in tbeir sleep and smiled:
And maoy a homeless waoderer uplifted patient eyes,
Seeminr to see a home at last beyond those starry skies.



td teo r ethouqh earth faded; I rose, as boroe on wieos,
eyood the wste of ruined lies,tbe press of buman things,
Beyond tbe toil and shadow, aboJ tbe iwmnt aod AWe,
/y old self and its darkness seemed left on earth below

Aond upA/ard, oonard sbooe the star, until it seemed to me
jt flashed upon the golden gates aod o'er the crystal sea;
(od then the Sates rolled backward, I stood where aooels trod
J\ Aos the Star of elblebem bad led me up to God.

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S that pressed
'And toiled and
struggled after rest,
And as I watched then weak N
and strong,
bi e're passed an -Angel thro'
tbe throon. .

He marked the 'recks of vIAsted years
His eyes we're pitiful of tears,
And as be sao them toil oad weep,
He touched their bearts and whispered Sleep."

I watched the noiht pass on aod go,
far off beard a trumpet blow;
Aod swift across the sea there care
-Ao Anr) oel with a face of flame.

He shouted o'er the World, afar,
"diobar thy 9ates, 0 1leep, unbar!"
oAd theo I knev, the deaw, V'/s iqgh.
he qoldeo dad that sball not die!




cA Ittle ids
CbPais'tas m'fayer.

titlee star aboVe roy bead,
.'biroog dovWo upoo nry bed,
I;igqhion up the gatherirn gloom
I ll about my little room,-

Are you tbat same star wbibc sbone
To the Wise mer years aqor)e,
[leadiog therm where Cbrist was bor),
C'eo as or) to-morroJw0 morP.

I ougqh ieir way Was, dark ar)d far,
Aut they saw G you, little star,.
Cover onoWvd libiog, them,
Lightio them to petblehem!

So be oear me eV/ey oight,
lrigiht me with your beave!oly light
Bless me with your tender ray,
Weor 1 sleep aod wber I pray


bree little carol sigers
Out io a sooV street;
-Ab for their wiaO little faces,
b for tbeir w/Seary feet!
at a light io tbeir eyes is sbioirg,
Hap y the soor they sing:-
"Ob ebrist w/Js born ir) letblebero,
Sbe the cbildreo's oi)."

Sbree little carol sioers
narmnir~ their lonely I y,
Nobody cares to listed,
,o ooe hGs tire to stay.
three little pilgq iros sleepior
order the oi bt's blcl wiog,
rearmioQ of HeoeGro eod tbe aonels,
-And Cbrist, tbe ebildreo's Kio).



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Out in tbe morning street;
Cold ape their little faees.
,Still are tbeir v/eay feet.
Tbree little happy angels
(ip thro' the clouds they wiog,
Gone to tbe for blue Heav~os
7o see the ebildrens 's i



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Sera t lefie, praying lowly
ometb t to ty pr(yeP
>ometb; r oble, pure and bo.y,
etow/er to do and dore:
oer) tbou W2la est afer sleeping,
SIeoteoied beed, Glad, d blest,
oo tbe ebrist-Child bGs beeo keepio 9
Geotle cate b about tby sleepio ,
piessio) all tby rest!


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e summer deep and wide
but 0 to be i o ng land
At the bappy Cbristrnastide3
While tbey qa~er in ibe firelight,
Aod outside, tbe children sing
Jbe old, old (Cbristrmas carols
Of hbrist, the children's I(i9.

o you think of me, I wooder,
-As you see my empty chair?
o you wooden wbat I'mr doing,
Do you wish tabt i were there?
0 see your gentle faces,
Aod your dear r bands I bold,
nd I knoow your hearts are near me,
od oyou lov' roe as of old.

ond the self-srame words wre whisper,
Anrd the some old prayer we pray,
youat bore ir happy Ci)glad,
sAnd I so for away.
jouqb oo ,eartb we meet no longer,
bTouhb the seas between us roll,
hYe peace of holy Gbristroas
Shall join us soul to soul.


he New

J Psins as'.
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Seoderly, lovingly, out of the night,
S ornetb a roaiden clad in white,
-right boly berries her tresses betw'eeo,
And a girdle round her of ivy green.

Old fohber bristmas, bat coarse old soul,
Witb 9ait uncertain, and brimming bowl,
Ov'r the seas far off bath fled,
-,nod left us the /New Maideo Christmoas instead.

elderly, lovingly, comet she
In her snow-white robe of purity,
\ibh bolly for smiles our days to bless,
"And true green i\/ for faitbfulness.

0 sw'et lNew Christmas, stay witb us, stay,
-And bless, us for this and eVery day,
ihat so our lives may clothed be
in faithfulness, smiles, and purity!



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0ey played 1o teir beautiful gardeos,
,'Tbe children of biq degree:
Outside the gates th be gars
passed or) o +beir misery:

ut there ws ooe of ibe children
w o could not join the play,
,Aod a little beggqr roider
tchbed for bi dy by day.

Once be bad 9iveo her a floWr:
-Ad obh bhod he smiled to see
j'er tbir wbite bands thro' the railings
stretched out so eagerly


She came again to the qardeo,
'She saw" the children play,
ut tbe little white face bad V/Soished,
The little feet gone aWay.

,Sbe crept awtay to her corner,
o v/ri by the murky stream,
.ut the pale, pale face in the harder
,Shboe through her restless dream.

\od that bigb-boro child aod Ite be9gar
Passed homeeard side by side:
For the Ways of men are narrov/,
But the qates of Heav'o are wide.








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,Ailong the blowiqo winter streets,
all soupqy wrapt and Waerm,
Wort little Lady G isie, ber dolly or) her aQrm
WVile ragged little /olly, with neither shoes oor bat,
Stood staorino, wGoderioq what 'ould feel if she
w're drest like that.

if only she could hakv a doll, ow' glad
she'd be and grad,
-Aod then she looked so wistfully,
and stretched a pleading hand,
,Aod Clsie, as she sa' her, stopped;
{ben, with one little sigh,
She put her doll oin olly's arms, aod hurried quickly by.

-That night ihe gold-haired dolly lay iD a 9arret-bed,
With Molly's thbi arms round her, by k0olly's ragged head,
While /^olly in a land of dreams Vias sinoion at her play,
FOr there were no hard bitter streets,
no starving day by day.

,And ilsie in her dainty bed is also dreaminog sweet
That all the dolls of nursery-land are comino to her feet;
And with a ne'-fouod happiness she
wvkes with mrooiog-ligb+,
for Molly's grateful spirit
bad been blessingg her all night.


a tara LjIads.

at will Saota Claus brion us?"
The wooderio children say,
S;itt g awake io tbe rooonlight,
Tlkinoq of Christmas ay .

"V/bat will the old roo brion us?
Somretbiog so sw'et and grand,
If /e lay our beads on the pilloW,
-Aod g to slumberlaod.

"Js be waiflio up in the chimney
Or creeping about the house,
Waiting till wA/ are fast asleep,
'e dear old Sanoa (Claus?"

ben tbey turn in faitb uodoubtin,
Uoder hie clothes tbey creep,
Anod awy ibey go to dreamland,
'1o te beautiful laod of sleep.



sleepp or), 0 happy ebildren,
We are ebildPer just like you,
"bat widll to morrow/ b6ing us ?
Ve wonder and question too.

()ut ab for youp faith aod gladness
/ tur) us to our rest,
SWb oevep- a fear for to-orroooo

,Syinq "iabt comes is best."


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o you remerboer the tire gone b/y,
S Wbeo wv/ dewe cbildre, you Qod 1,
Wbeo bthe day grved dark and the ligbts We/re lit,
Aod all together lod Iod to sit;
WVeo brother read to us, soft rad lov/
Tales of the bra-/e days long ago,
A/rd Vde sat ard listened and held ber band,
s she led us aay to story-laod.



)o you remember the wrds she said
Lvery niqb as we stole to bed,
,11 ibha she taught us to ty to do,
o be good and geotle, pure aod true?
Do you remember her soft "good oibgt,"
As she kissed our eyes in the shaded ligbt;
_ond bte last sweet touch of her tender blood,
sA dri fed aWy to slumber-land?

yll is altered; the years flow/' oo,
Little mother is dead and gooe,
We wanoder about the old old place,
_,ond loon for bte sight of her loving face.
Lobther, speak from the distant shore,
S~eak to tiy children, speak once more;
Call to us, comfort us, stretch tby band,
ond fetch us bore to the spirit-laod.


{cross the northern wters wild.

no p8assir dow' s the sleepiog street,
it cleaes the night with noiseless tread:
\ite rairnent to the bare white feet,
Gold halo round the 'olden bead.

ft bends abofe the sleeping heads,
< Of peer and peasant, slaves and kings;
Sw'et tboughts, and sinless slumber sheds,
-And happy dreams of beaVeo y tbi;os.

O, never, with its angel face,
ay that sweet comer pass us by
0 Cbrist-child, look on us in grace,
oAnd bless us where v/e sleeping lie!



1o tbiroe arms with Iove aod mer
,Tbou didst take them uoto thee,
gio) "Tiey are of the Kikodom,
,Suffer then to eome to nre."

so pebuke all eares that elamoop,
Set all voroldly tbotgbts apapt,
FHush the cries tbhit faio would silencee
;JurerP vwisbes ir eaeb beat.
,So aeeept our ppayeps i) roerey,
eakl aod ebildlile btoubg they be,
lake tbero to tby beart, O taee then),
Suffer them to eome to thee.


m eI L e.

d earmt w/a s a child last night,
,;3eside the bappy x/estep sea,
-Aod all my little playroates bligbt
eame baee3 once more and played with me.
We sat ond whispered baod in band,
J beer our Very \Vords to-day:
"0 where, ( where is -Aeoel-land,
,And shall w/e ever fird the way ?



iy dream nWas chboqed: fast fell the night,
-Alooe I knelt beside the sea,
for upward tbrouqb the starry li3bt
v y plyymotes flew aVyG from re.
hey rose, +bey rose,-a sbioinq band,
J called them, -but tbey miqbt not stay,
y~ 'wy! to oAnqel-land
y little playmroaes flew/' away .

O bappy days! 0 playmates s/eet!
O hearts of childhood loon ago,
/wO under where w/e all shall meet,
-Aod what the joy We the shall kood.
O bear me, bear me, /onqel-baod,
0 lift me from this gloomy shore,
'Aod take me home to Anoel-laod
To be a child with you once more


S- ells' plessigq

Ipeo your windows: the bells are rioqiog,
Y r jirk! boV they peal on the wintry wind!
IJark to the soog the bells are singinq:-
p'eace and goodwill to all mankind !"

Open your hearts: there are sad hearts pleading.
Just for a tender and pitiful word,
Will you pass on with ears uobeeding ?
Will you 5o by with hearts unstirred

Open your hearts: there are old friends yearoino
Just to be back in your hearts again;
O! is your loVe beyond returoiog?
-And shall the old friends hope in vio ?

Open your hearts: there are wvak ones falling
o e Just for Tie help of a guidino hand;
0o to them: do ye not hear them calling ?
JAelp them: do ye not understand ?

(od a light will lighten the saddest faces,
tlasy life's burdens will seem to bear;
od a music shall thrill tbro' the world's wiste places,
Ie the soog of the bells on the (ristroms air.




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are peali)

Ore fbe Vvr~ter snooW



P r an s

o ^ o you de, roy pve-eyed Jdarlio),
JAs you clamober alpoo roy koee,
WaGt eooy's dPeams ape rrade of,
\/bat ebristroms brpiojs to me?
you w/oder Aby she is bappy,
Why 'ithb bhe vpioiled bpov/
(pe)roy ea smile., ry dGaliOg,
2a4s lad/ as you do oox/?



(I)raoy is old, my darling,
-rAnd she looks at the empty chairs,
,iut she bears your little footsteps
0pon the old oak stairs,
And she thinks of the dear ones, darling,
W/ho were Pere in the dcys agone,
-And. the feet, like yours, that pattered,
And the eyes, like yours, tbat shone.

-And the hbristmas bells are pealing
OVer the winter soow
ri~nogn9 the same sweet ressaqe
Jhey brought me years ago,
Of JAim who Was born to sho~ us
hat our lo4e is not in ~ai
-And that all who trust dim, darlio9
/ay meet in heaven agaio.


Se Peasar)sa -
Shristnmas eve.

was Chbristmas eve, a bitter night,
Sibthe soow w6s on the ground,
The peasant's scanty fire burot low,
the children shivered round;
Their evnioin meal, one little loaf,
lay on the bumble board,
3ut one and all, with thankful hearts,
arose and blessed the Lord.
-ark' some one knocks, and yet again!
Tbe peasaot opes the door
ho Maders late on such a night
across the bitter moor?
The wind is wild, the snoo is deep,
there in the dark He stands_
little Child, with wistful eyes
aod fcozeo lifted hands.
Tbe peasant took Firo in his arms,
the children wondering gaze,
.ie gently wiped aw'/y the soow,
S. (and warrned hiro by the blaze,
beTo set irn in the seat they loved,
the dear dead .mother's chair,
Aod broke the bread, and every one gaoe
oF his scanty, share.
Put while upon their beds of strad' that
night they sleeping lay,
jbe child arose and blessed therm,
and softly passed ady;
And for ev/ry good that comes to them
when life seems doubly drear,
hbey fold their hands, and whisper,
'. "Tbe Christ- Child has been here."





See !- O Swo.s

-i aon el azed forr) beaveo, o w/oe,
Ipo the vwys of rer) belo,
HAod saws a beart,like many tbere,
Goldl, bead, aod full of pride cod ecre.
-A sbaft of fire tbe aogel drewC
.bow to tbat stbborP beart it flew
Srpote Wit)b eeeo vwo'r)d aGd Pelabled loog,
itbe arrod offflietior strong.

he bear rebelled in fieree despair,
AoAd ebided beaVeo for all its eare,
(rev darp with acqer, wildly wept,
SoAd tbeo, lilge wvorp-obt cbild, it slept.


feotle shaft the ao el drew'/
ow"o to that stubborn heart it flev/W
,roofe witb soft wouod and lingered there,
-1be arrow of the ,Streoqtb of Prayer.

The anoel looked; io meekoess low'
sThe tears of resipoatioo flPow
lr loVe and praise the beart is bovd,
,And prayers rise lile ao ioceose-cloud.
Another shaft the angel drew/
Dovw' to tbat bunbled beart it flew',
fell-like a suobeam on a sod,
b-Te arrow' of the :Peace of God.



he \ea PS
-ake all.

le Years take all the old familiar faces,
The eyes \/e lo\/d, the bands w/e used to bold;
Ard Christmas comes and marks bte empy places,
W ile "/e still linger, as the days gro~" old.

-e years take. all_ our darling's golden tresses,
Te strong friend's arms, the old folks silver hair;
Vain all our tears and all our wild caresses,
We cannot keep tbero Vitb our deepest prayer.

We bang the holly, and the vy clingino,
\V/e sit aod wbisper were the embers gloW'
Ve listen to tbe sono the bells are sinogi,
cod talk of tbem and \ooider if tbey knoV

b7he in te twiligbf back tbey -ome beside us,
\Ve bold teir haods, and see them geotly smile,
jknd then Je knood tbo' deatb's dark wA/es divide us,
We are but parted for a little while.

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n) n) a nite I .

s it a leaeod oony,
S-A tale that dreamers tell,
|at God came dowir from iea\/1o,
Or) earth as man to d\/ell

Was there a sweeter message
-S-ince eVer the world began,
hat God, wbom meo should \A/orship,
ftfirbself became a man

-bat mao, in faith beboldiog
.ov God in maobood trod)
(Ai ht lift his fallen nature




iood oibt{! ood bye!
*aord ray ibe Star
he Sbepbheds 0\ e w
"vs seot for tberm,
c~hkne for us also for ator
@Aond guide our beats
to ,Jetblebem


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