Joe Carpenter & Son
"In our English way we hope to tell
the story you all know so well . . .
The love of Mary for her son,
and the love of Joseph for his chosen one;
His task was not an easy one,
to be an earthly dad to a heavenly son . . .
He's such a sturdy little boy
he'll be a tradesman, like his dad. . . .
When his apprenticeship is done . . .
we'll be Joe Carpenter and Son . . . "
The shepherds were
The wisemen proceed toward
The Royal Star
In the Holy Nativity of Our Lord God:
A Hymn Sung as by the Shepherds
[with speaking parts by two shepherds, Tityrus and Thyrsis]
Welcome, all wonders in one sight!
Eternity shut in a span;
Summer in winter; day in night;
Heaven in earth, and God in man.
Great little one, whose all-embracing birth
Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heav’n to earth.
by Richard Crashaw (c. 1613 – 1649)
English metaphysical poet, teacher, churchman