Spirit of  Christmas

In a lowly manger born
So long ago
Dwell again in the hearts of men
Thy age old gifts bestow
Come not on fleeting wings
Short festive hours to grace
But to create
Peace and Goodwill
In men of every race.

Spirit of Xmas
May Thy presence
All else transcend
Foe turn to friend
Mankind from shore to shore
Come to know for evermore
The meaning of the message
Proclaimed than Xmas morn
Peace on Earth to all men of Goodwill
Christ Is Born!'

Whakatane, December 8th 1947


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