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A Christmas Carol
CHARLES DICKENS MASTER Peter, and the two ubiquito...

Bells Across The Snows
FRANCES RIDLEY HAVERGAL O Christmas, merry C...

Church Decking At Christmas
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH Would that our scrupulous...

The Mother
ROBERT HAVEN SCHAUFFLER All day her watch had lasted...

The Two Princes
A STORY FOR CHILDREN. I. There was a King of Hu...

God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
OLD CAROL God rest you, merry gentlemen, ...

Master Sandy's Snapdragon
ELBRIDGE S. BROOKS THERE was just enough of Decemb...





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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