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Ballade Of Christmas Ghosts
ANDREW LANG Between the moonlight and the fi...

Christmas At Fezziwig's Warehouse
CHARLES DICKENS Yo ho! my boys, said Fezziwig. No mo...

The Same Christmas In Old England And New
The first Christmas in New England was celebrated by ...

Christmas Eve At Mr Wardle's
From Pickwick Papers CHARLES DICKENS From the cen...

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

Christmas Carol
As Joseph was a-waukin' He heard an angel si...

The Fir-tree
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN OUT in the woods stood a n...





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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