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Christmas In The Olden Time
WALTER SCOTT On Christmas-eve the bells were...

Wassailer's Song
ROBERT SOUTHWELL Wassail! wassail! all over ...

When The Stars Of Morning Sang
ANNE P.L. FIELD When the stars of morning sa...

A Story Of The Christ-child
A German legend for Christmas Eve as told by ELIZABE...

Little Girl's Christmas
WINNIFRED E. LINCOLN IT WAS Christmas Eve, and Lit...

Hymn On The Nativity
JOHN MILTON It was the winter wild, Whi...

The Smuggler
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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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