George MacDonald

The Baby

Where did you come from, baby dear?

Out of the everywhere into the here.


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Where did you get your eyes so blue?

Out of the sky as I came through.


What makes the light in them sparkle and spin?

Some of the starry spikes left in.


Where did you get that little tear?

I found it waiting when I got here.


What makes your forehead so smooth and high?

A soft hand stroked it as I went by.


What makes your cheek like a warm, white rose?

Something better than any one knows.


Whence that three-cornered smile of bliss?

Three angels gave me at once a kiss.


Where did you get that pearly ear?

God spoke, and it came out to hear.


Where did you get those arms and hands?

Love made itself into hooks and bands.


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Feet, whence did you come, you darling things?

From the same box as the cherub's wings.


How did they all just come to be you?

God thought about me, and so I grew.


But how did you come to us, you dear?

God thought of you, and so I am here.