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Of the Birth of Christ is a translation by Edgar Allison Peers (1891-1952) of a poem by St. John of the Cross (1542-1591). Peers published a number of translations of Spanish works into English, including the complete writings of St John of the Cross and of St Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582). Of the Birth of Christ is included in the Poems for All Seasons Appendix of the Divine Office (1974). The complete text can be found here.