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

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

A Christmas Carol
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL What means this glory r...

Good-nature Or Parish Matters
Mr. Stanley had just reached the last stile in the ...

The Story Of Oello
Once upon a time there was a young girl, who had the ...

Christmas
WASHINGTON IRVING But is old, old, good old Chri...

The Glorious Song Of Old
EDMUND H. SEARS It came upon the midnight cl...





Bells Across The Snows






FRANCES RIDLEY HAVERGAL

O Christmas, merry Christmas!
Is it really come again,
With its memories and greetings,
With its joy and with its pain?
There's a minor in the carol,
And a shadow in the light,
And a spray of cypress twining
With the holly wreath to-night.
And the hush is never broken
By laughter light and low,
As we listen in the starlight
To the bells across the snow.

O Christmas, merry Christmas!
'Tis not so very long
Since other voices blended
With the carol and the song!
If we could but hear them singing
As they are singing now,
If we could but see the radiance
Of the crown on each dear brow;
There would be no sigh to smother,
No hidden tear to flow,
As we listen in the starlight
To the bells across the snow.

O Christmas, merry Christmas!
This never more can be;
We cannot bring again the days
Of our unshadowed glee.
But Christmas, happy Christmas,
Sweet herald of good-will,
With holy songs of glory
Brings holy gladness still.
For peace and hope may brighten,
And patient love may glow,
As we listen in the starlight
To the bells across the snow.





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