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Mark Well My Heavy Doleful Tale
ANONYMOUS Mark well my heavy doleful tale, ...

A Christmas Carmen
JOHN G. WHITTIER I Sound over all wat...

The Adoration Of The Wise Men
CECIL FRANCES ALEXANDER Saw you never in the...

Masters In This Hall
ANONYMOUS To Bethlem did they go, the shephe...

The Shepherds In Judea
MARY AUSTIN Oh, the Shepherds in Judea, ...

Hymn For The Nativity
EDWARD THRING Happy night and happy silence ...

The Night After Christmas
ANNE P.L. FIELD Twas the night after Christm...





Church Decking At Christmas






WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

Would that our scrupulous sires had dared to leave
Less scanty measure of those graceful rites
And usages, whose due return invites
A stir of mind too natural to deceive;
Giving the memory help when she could weave
A crown for Hope!--I dread the boasted lights
That all too often are but fiery blights,
Killing the bud o'er which in vain we grieve.
Go, seek, when Christmas snows discomfort bring,
The counter Spirit found in some gay church
Green with fresh holly, every pew a perch
In which the linnet or the thrush might sing,
Merry and loud, and safe from prying search,
Strains offered only to the genial spring.





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