This Would I Keep

by Grace Noll Crowell

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, someway let my spirit keep the shine
Of Christmas while I live.

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