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Christ's Nativity
HENRY VAUGHAN Awake, glad heart! get up and ...

December
HARRIET F. BLODGETT I Oh! holly branc...

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

Christmas In The Alley
OLIVE THORNE MILLER "I DECLARE for 't, to-morrow i...

A Christmas Piece
Of garnered rhyme, from hidden stores of olden time tha...

To The Fir-tree
FROM THE GERMAN O Fir-tree green! O Fir-tree...

The Ceremonies For Christmas Day
ROBERT HERRICK Kindle the Christmas brand, a...





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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