I stood at eve in Bethlehem
When all was silent there,
Above the village lone and still,
The moon was rising fair;
And o'er me stole a wondrous dream,
I saw the Holy Child
In peaceful slumber once again
Beside His Mother mild.
I heard the voice of angel throngs,
I saw the gleam of angel wings,
They sang "Rejoice! thy King has come,
Great joy to Earth He brings!"
The song had ceased my dream was changed,
I saw in after years
The Saviour's path of sorrow,
The cup he drank of tears.
No earthly throne of pow'r had He,
No legions from above,
But when the children came to Him,
He blessed them with His love.
When I beheld Him once again,
His earthly work was o'er,
I heard Him breathe His last farewell
To these He loved of yore.
A cloud from Heav'n o'er shadow'd Him,
And then he pass'd away
To meet them soon at
Vaughan, Henry and Rodney, Paul, "Dream of Bethlehem" (1891). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 53.
The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.