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The Trail Through The Forest
Two years had passed, to a day, almost to an hour, si...

The Shepherd's Song
EDMUND BOLTON Sweet music, sweeter far ...

The Smuggler
It was the latter end of the month of November, when ...

A Christmas Matinee
MRS. M. A. L. LANE IT WAS the day before Christmas...

An Offertory
MARY MAPES DODGE Oh, the beauty of the Chris...

Hymn For The Nativity
EDWARD THRING Happy night and happy silence ...

Fairy Faces
ANON Out of the mists of childhood, ...





Ballade Of Christmas Ghosts






ANDREW LANG

Between the moonlight and the fire
In winter twilights long ago,
What ghosts we raised for your desire,
To make your merry blood run slow!
How old, how grave, how wise we grow!
No Christmas ghost can make us chill,
Save those that troop in mournful row,
The ghosts we all can raise at will!

The beasts can talk in barn and byre
On Christmas Eve, old legends know.
As year by year the years retire,
We men fall silent then I trow,
Such sights hath memory to show,
Such voices from the silence thrill,
Such shapes return with Christmas snow,--
The ghosts we all can raise at will.

Oh, children of the village choir,
Your carols on the midnight throw,
Oh, bright across the mist and mire,
Ye ruddy hearths of Christmas glow!
Beat back the dread, beat down the woe,
Let's cheerily descend the hill;
Be welcome all, to come or go,
The ghosts we all can raise at will.

ENVOY

Friend, sursum corda, soon or slow
We part, like guests who've joyed their fill;
Forget them not, nor mourn them so,
The ghosts we all can raise at will.





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