Monday, December 02, 2019

Wonderful Christmas poem ~ "This Would I Keep"

Here's a wonderful poem to get us all in the true Christmas spirit!  It's by Grace Noll Crowell, and I found it in a 1955 Ideals Greetings at Christmas.

This Would I Keep

This would I keep forever in my heart
Among the things the ruthless years may leave:
The glad excitement, wonder, and delight
Of Christmas Eve;

This would I hold untarnished through the years,
Although the roads I take may lead me far;
The radiant molten glory of the light
From one white star.

And oh, to keep the breathlessness, the thrill,
The heart's swift running out to meet surprise;
Never to lose entirely the light
Of childhood from my eyes;

Never to lose the Christmas morning joy,
And never the quick bright eagerness to give --
God, some way let my spirit keep the shine
Of Christmas while I live.

-- Grace Noll Crowell

Isn't this beautiful?  It almost brings me to tears.


  1. That is a very sweet poem. Thank you for sharing it!

    1. You are welcome, Becki! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.

  2. I LOVE this! I was visiting a friend who is 87 years old, recently placed in assistant living, and she was so eager to have her family bring her the Christmas things she has saved through the years. Her enthusiasm blessed me.

    1. Oh, that is so wonderful, Vee! That is a blessing indeed to see her enthusiasm. Here is how I feel; if the time comes when I might need assisted living, that I would be willing and able to go there while I could still enjoy having my own things around me and could reach out to others even there.


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