The Friendly Beasts


Stable


Jesus our brother, kind and good,
Was humbly born in a stable rude,
And the friendly beasts around Him stood,
Jesus our brother, strong and good.


"I," said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
"I carried His mother up hill and down;
I carried her safely to Bethlehem town."
"I," said the donkey, shaggy and brown.


Donkey


"I," said the cow, all white and red,
"I gave Him my manger for His bed;
I gave Him my hay to pillow His head."
"I," said the cow, all white and red.


Cow


"I," said the dove, from rafters high,
"Cooed Him to sleep, that He should not cry;
We cooed Him to sleep, my mate and I."
"I," said the dove, from rafters high.


Dove


"I," said the rooster, with the shining eye,
"I crowed the news up to the sky;
When the sun arose, I crowed to the sky."
"I," said the rooster with the shining eye.


Chickens


"I," said the sheep, with curly horn,
"I gave Him my wool for His blanket warm;
He wore my coat on Christmas morn."
"I," said the sheep, with curly horn.


Sheep


Thus every beast, by some good spell,
In the stable dark was glad to tell,
Of the gift he gave Emmanuel,
The gift he gave Emmanuel.

~ Author Unknown ~




Stable




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