they sent Him away
they all had agreed
to that place oh so distant
full of pain and of need

where once there were Three
now remained only Two
and far, far below
One so pink and so new

and did it not burn
lo, did it not sting
to see that babe in a manger
who is Son of the King?

He who’d never known lonely
they sent all alone
to walk that dim, distant planet
and to bring us all home

for joy to the world
and good will toward all men
was costly, so costly
it wavers, the pen

so in this clawing distance
tho it pulls and it tears
I remember and praise Him
Who lifts off my cares

with separation, familiar
loss You know very well
oh my dear Man of Sorrows
of Your joy I will tell

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