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What better way to spend the night
than walking down a city street?
Near shuttered shop fronts bodies sleep.
Is Christ among the ones we greet?
The stars are bright, the frost is sharp,
and home will draw us from the cold.
Outside the door, beyond the warmth,
young people die before they're old.

And in another age and time,
two people moved from door to door
along another city street,
then sleeping on a stable floor.
And in the darkness of the night
an ordinary child was born,
unmarried parents found themselves
exposed to anger, rancour, scorn.

Verse 3 follows


Metre: LMD


Andrew Pratt (born 1948)

Words © 4/12/2012 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England,

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