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Alice's Christmas-tree
CHAPTER I. Alice MacNeil had made the plan of this...

The Birth Of Christ
ALFRED TENNYSON The time draws near the birt...

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

A Christmas Insurrection
ANNE P.L. FIELD In the hush of a shivery Chr...

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

Keeping Christmas
Romans, xiv, 6: _He that regardeth the day, regardeth i...

The Felling Of The Tree
A swift mountain-flood rolling down its channel; a hu...





Christmas Carol






PHILLIPS BROOKS

The earth has grown old with its burden of care,
But at Christmas it always is young,
The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair,
And its soul full of music bursts forth on the air,
When the song of the angels is sung.

It is coming, Old Earth, it is coming to-night!
On the snowflakes which cover thy sod
The feet of the Christ-child fall gentle and white,
And the voice of the Christ-child tells out with delight
That mankind are the children of God.

On the sad and the lonely, the wretched and poor,
The voice of the Christ-child shall fall;
And to every blind wanderer open the door
Of hope that he dared not to dream of before,
With a sunshine of welcome for all.

The feet of the humblest may walk in the field
Where the feet of the Holiest trod,
This, then, is the marvel to mortals revealed
When the silvery trumpets of Christmas have pealed,
That mankind are the children of God.





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