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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this poem by Charles M. Gore of Chapmanville printed on December 23, 1927:
GOD’S GREAT GIFT
Far away in a eastern country
About this time of year
There was an expectation ____
___ and fear.
The hope within her had been prompted
By a message she had received
From the messenger Angel Gabriel
And the message she truly believed.
That she and not another
In this sin cursed world below
Straight way would become a mother
Of a son whom men should know.
Knew him as a lowly Saviour
And not as a high browed king,
Know him through loving favors
And the peace and joy he’d bring.
Twas in the little town of Bethlehem,
Near two thousand years ago, Dec. 25th,
God set a new star in the firmament
Which was proof of his great gift.
His son was born, his angels sang
“Peace on earth, good will I bring”
The shepherds heard and the wise men there
Brought gifts of frankincense and myrrh.
They bestowed them on that little babe,
Who in the hay-filled manger laid
To show to the world that what they knew
Of the prophets’ word had sure come true.