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The Greatest Of These
JOSEPH MILLS HANSON THE outside door swung open su...

The Christmas Masquerade
MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN ON Christmas Eve the Mayor...

The Telltale Tile
OLIVE THORNE MILLER IT BEGINS with a bit of gossip...

Christmas Carol
JAMES S. PARK So crowded was the little town...

The Christmas Silence
MARGARET DELAND Hushed are the pigeons cooin...

Merry Christmas
ANON In the rush of the merry morning, ...

Christmas Dreams
CHRISTOPHER NORTH To-morrow is Merry Christmas; and ...





A Christmas Lullaby






JOHN ADDINGTON SYMONDS

Sleep, baby, sleep! The Mother sings:
Heaven's angels kneel and fold their wings.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

With swathes of scented hay Thy bed
By Mary's hand at eve was spread.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

At midnight came the shepherds, they
Whom seraphs wakened by the way.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

And three kings from the East afar,
Ere dawn came, guided by the star.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

They brought Thee gifts of gold and gems,
Pure orient pearls, rich diadems.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

Thou who liest slumbering there,
Art King of Kings, earth, ocean, air.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

Sleep, baby, sleep! The shepherds sing:
Through heaven, through earth, hosannas ring.
Sleep, baby, sleep!





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