Sue and I have just returned from our first 2014 Christmas Carol Service and we were entertained with this Carol.
A Carol from Flanders (a poem about the Christmas truce of 1914) by Frederick Niven set to the Christmas Carol music While shepherds watched their flocks by night.....
The trenched foemen lay,
the German and the Briton born,
And it was Christmas Day.
The gray fog fled away;
But neither cared to fire the first,
For it was Christmas Day!
The hideous disarray,
For terrible has been their loss:
"Oh, this is Christmas Day!"
One impulse to obey;
'Twas just the men on either side,
Just men — and Christmas Day.
And over them did pray:
And Englishmen and Germans said:
"How strange a Christmas Day!"
Shook hands, and e'en did play
At games on which their hearts were set
On happy Christmas Day.
Financiers and they
Who rule us could prevent these things —
For it was Christmas Day.
From Flanders, kneel and say:
God speed the time when every day
Shall be as Christmas Day.