The bird is the word

Thou my lazy heart hast stirred,
Thou, the Father's eternal Word,
Greater than aught
that ear has heard,
Thou tiny bird
Of love, thou Son of Mary.

Little man, and God indeed,
Little and poor, thou
art all we need;
We will follow where thou dost lead,
And we will heed
Our brother, born of Mary.

I proudly love Christmas and most of what comes with it, although I don't believe in any gods or miracles or any other such mumbo-jumbo. And I proudly love Jesus and most of his story and most of what comes to us as his teaching. (And in fact, while I think it's pretty important that people as a whole stop believing in mumbo-jumbo, any atheism that doesn't allow us to love Christmas and even to love Jesus in this way is a pretty poor atheism, in my opinion.)

Anyway, this is one of my favorite Christmas songs. I'd be a little surprised if it wasn't inspired in part by the other little poor man, Francis of Assisi, whom I also love. And while I can't find much about the song's history, it seems to have originated in Germany around 1500, so that seems quite possible. In any case it does stir my lazy heart.