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Friday, December 24, 2010

The Oxen

 The Oxen

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.
"Now they are all on their knees,"
An elder said as we sat in a flock
By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures where
They dwelt in their strawy pen,
Nor did it occur to one of us there
To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave
In these years! Yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve,
"Come; see the oxen kneel,

"In the lonely barton by yonder coomb
Our childhood used to know,"
I should go with him in the gloom,
Hoping it might be so.

                                                                              Thomas Hardy

Merry Christmas to all creatures,
and to all in the race of man,
who kneel even now in joyful expectation of the second Advent! 


  1. Happy Christmas June, and best wishes for you and yours in the New Year!


  2. Happy Christmas June, to you, your family and the equine gang.