“A Carol”

Amy Carmichael

There are two Bethlehems in the land,
Two little Bethlehems there
O Wise Men, do you understand
To seek Him everywhere?
The heavenly Child lies holily,
The heavenly Child lies lowlily,
No crown on His soft hair.

 There are three crosses on the hill,
Three dreadful crosses there.
And very dark and very chill
The heavy shuddering air.
Is there a sign to show my Lord,
The sinner’s Savior, Heaven’s Adored?
‘Tis He with thorn-crowned hair.

 For in His lovely baby days
Heaven’s door was set ajar,
And angels flew through glimmering ways
And lit a silver star.
No need for halo or for crown
To show the King of Love come down
To dwell where sinners are.

 But when He died upon the Rood
(The King of Glory, He),
There was no star, there was no good,
Nor any majesty.
For diadem was only scorn,
A twisted, torturing crown of thorn ―
And it was all for me.”

 On behalf of the staff and lay leadership of Hyde Park United Methodist, I wish you a blessed Holy Week and a joyous Easter. For our full schedule of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter services, visit our web site.

Grace and Peace,


The Rev. Magre deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist

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