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A Christmas Carol
CHARLES DICKENS MASTER Peter, and the two ubiquito...

The Fir Tree
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN Out in the forest stood a pr...

The Spirit Of Christmas
From Pickwick Papers. CHARLES DICKENS And numerou...

Cradle Hymn
ISAAC WATTS Hush, my dear, lie still and slu...

Neighbors Of The Christ Night
NORA ARCHIBALD SMITH Deep in the shelter of ...

Christmas Eve
HAMILTON WRIGHT MABIE [From My Study Fire.] The w...

A Christmas Hymn
ANON Written in the Chapel of the Manger, in the...





A Ballade Of Old Loves






CAROLYN WELLS

Who is it stands on the polished stair,
A merry, laughing, winsome maid,
From the Christmas rose in her golden hair
To the high-heeled slippers of spangled suede
A glance, half daring and half afraid,
Gleams from her roguish eyes downcast;
Already the vision begins to fade--
'Tis only a ghost of a Christmas Past.

Who is it sits in that high-backed chair,
Quaintly in ruff and patch arrayed,
With a mockery gay of a stately air
As she rustles the folds of her old brocade,--
Merriest heart at the masquerade?
Ah, but the picture is passing fast
Back to the darkness from which it strayed--
'Tis only a ghost of a Christmas Past.

Who is it whirls in a ball-room's glare,
Her soft white hand on my shoulder laid,
Like a radiant lily, tall and fair,
While the violins in the corner played
The wailing strains of the Serenade?
Oh, lovely vision, too sweet to last--
E'en now my fancy it will evade--
'Tis only a ghost of a Christmas Past.

L'ENVOI

Rosamond! look not so dismayed,
All of my heart, dear love, thou hast
Jealous, beloved? Of a shade?--
'Tis only a ghost of a Christmas Past.





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