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And so the Angel pretended
To be a mere sheep.
Into the flock his disguise blended
And the shepherd didn’t know.
And they started walking home.
Down through the fields they went towards the road.
The road bore no travelers.
And so they journeyed alone.

And that’s when they heard it
A soft, sweet cry
The Angel turned then,
To look behind
He saw a man
A man and his wife
Approaching far on a hill
And instantly he knew who they were
They were Christ’s parents on Earth

The shepherd saw them too
The woman was crying
She seemed to be in pain
She looked very pregnant
And then her husband explained,
Joseph, he explained.

“Shepherd, Shepherd, you’re an answer to prayer.
We’ve been looking in Bethlehem but found no shelter there?
Do you know, a place we could go, somewhere close, close by?
As you can see, Mary’s in labor. My name’s Joseph and Mary is my wife.”


from The First Ornaments of Christmas, released November 15, 2012



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The First Ornaments of Christmas Fayetteville, Arkansas

The First Ornaments of Christmas is a live multimedia project from the brain/hand/pen/voice of Rogers, AR resident Bryce Napier. A re-imagining of the Christmas story told through live music, narration, and animated footage, the project was performed in Northwest Arkansas in December 2011 and 2012. ... more

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