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Old Christmas Returned
All you that to feasting and mirth are inclined, ...

The Christmas Goose At The Cratchits'
CHARLES DICKENS You might have thought a goose the r...

A Christmas Letter From Australia
DOUGLAS SLADEN 'Tis Christmas, and the North win...

God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
OLD CAROL God rest you, merry gentlemen, ...

Christmas
(A Selection from Dreamthorp) ALEXANDER SMITH Sit...

Santa Claus At Simpson's Bar
BRET HARTE It was nearly midnight when the festiviti...

The Cratchits' Christmas Dinner
(Adapted) CHARLES DICKENS SCROOGE and the Ghost...





A Carol






And here's a Christmas carol meant for children, and most excellent, and
though the monk that wrote it was hung, yet still his verses may be
sung.

As I in a hoarie winter's night
Stood shivering in the snow,
Surpriz'd I was with sudden heat,
Which made my heart to glow;
And lifting up a fearefull eye
To view what fire was neere,
A prettie babe, all burning bright,
Did in the aire appeare;
Who, scorched with excessive heat,
Such flouds of teares did shed,
As though his flouds should quench his flames,
Which with his teares were bred:

Alas! (quoth he) but newly borne,
In fierie heats I frie,
Yet none approach to warm their hearts,
Or feele my fire, but I;
My faultless brest the furnace is,
The fuell, wounding thornes:
Love is the fire, and sighs the smoke,
The ashes, shames and scornes;
The fuell justice layeth on,
And mercy blows the coales,
The metalls in this furnace wrought,
Are Men's defiled soules:
For which, as now on fire I am,
To work them to their good,
So will I melt into a bath,
To wash them in my blood.
With this he vanisht out of sight,
And swiftly shrunke away,
And straight I called unto minde
That it was Christmasse Day.





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