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

A Christmas Hymn
ALFRED DOMETT It was the calm and silent nig...

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

A Merry Christmas To You
THEODORE LEDYARD CUYLER My own boyhood was spent in ...

O Little Town Of Bethlehem
PHILLIPS BROOKS O little town of Bethlehem, ...

Little Roger's Night In The Church
SUSAN COOLIDGE The boys and girls had fastened the l...

How Christmas Came To The Santa Maria Flats
ELIA W. PEATTIE THERE were twenty-six flat childre...





Christ's Nativity






HENRY VAUGHAN

Awake, glad heart! get up and sing!
It is the Birthday of thy King.
Awake! awake!
The sun doth shake
Light from his locks, and, all the way
Breathing perfumes, doth spice the day.

Awake! awake! hark how th' wood rings,
Winds whisper, and the busy springs
A concert make!
Awake! awake!
Man is their high-priest, and should rise
To offer up the sacrifice.

I would I were some bird, or star,
Fluttering in woods, or lifted far
Above this inn,
And road of sin!
Then either star or bird should be
Shining or singing still to thee.

I would I had in my best part
Fit rooms for thee! or that my heart
Where so clean as
Thy manger was!
But I am all filth, and obscene;
Yet, if thou wilt, thou canst make clean.

Sweet Jesu! will then. Let no more
This leper haunt and soil thy door!
Cure him, ease him,
O release him!
And let once more, by mystic birth,
The Lord of life be born in earth.





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