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On Christmas Day

Posted By Connie Moody, Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dr. Peter Lillback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary and The Providence Forum and author of the bestselling George Washington's Sacred Fire (Providence Forum Press) wrote in the Winter, 2006-07 Forum Gazette about a youthful George Washington: "Consider what Washington learned of Christmas as a student. His school papers still exist and include [the copied poem "On Christmas Day” beginning with]: ‘Assist me Muse divine to sing the morn / On which the Saviour of mankind was born.'” This is but one tiny bit of the plethora of primary source documents including George Washington's own papers and the writings of those closest to him that verify Washington's faith as decidedly Christian, not deistic, as the revisionists like to promote.

Consider and ponder and perhaps copy the words of this poem, once so beautifully rendered in young George Washington's own hand (a PDF of his original copywork is attached), as you contemplate the purpose of Christ's coming to earth this Christmas season.

On Christmas Day

Assist me Muse divine to sing the morn,

On which the Saviour of mankind was born;

But oh! what numbers to the theme can rise?

Unless kind angels aid me from the skies?

Methinks I see the tunefull Host descend,

And with officious joy the scene attend!

Hark, by their hymns directed on the road,

The gladsome shepherds find the nascent God!

And view the Infant conscious of his Birth,

Smiling bespeak Salvation to the Earth!

For when the important Æra first drew near

In which the great Messiah should appear;

And to accomplish his redeeming Love,

Resign a while his glorious throne above;

Beneath our form should every Woe sustain,

And by triumphant suffering fix his Reign,

Should for the lost man in tortures yield his Breath

Dying to save us from eternal Death!

Oh mystick union!—salutary Grace!

Incarnate God our nature should embrace!

That Deity should stoop to our Disguise!

That man recovered should regain the skies!

Dejected adam! from thy grave ascend,

And ours the Serpent's Deadly malice end;

Adorning bless th' Almighty's boundless Grace

That gave his son a Ransome for thy Races!

Oh never let my soul this Day forget,

But pay in gratefull praise her annual Debt

To him, whom tis my Trust, I shall [adore]

When time and sin, and Death [shall be no more.]

Transcribed from George Washington's Papers at the Library of congress, 1741-1799: Series 1a.  George Washington, Forms of Writing, and The Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, ante 1747.

See more of Washington's notebook pages and learn more about his faith, his Providential preparation and his impact in George Washington: The Character and Influence of One Man, by Verna M. Hall.  Available from FACE [click here].

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