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

Neighbors Of The Christ Night
NORA ARCHIBALD SMITH Deep in the shelter of ...

Why The Chimes Rang
RAYMOND MC ALDEN THERE was once in a faraway count...

Christ's Nativity
HENRY VAUGHAN Awake, glad heart! get up and ...

A Christmas Song
WILLIAM COX BENNETT Blow, wind, blow, ...

The First Christmas-tree
BY LUCY WHEELOCK TWO little children were sitting ...

In Excelsis Gloria
When Christ was born of Mary free, In Bethlehe...

Fairy Faces


Out of the mists of childhood,
Steeped in a golden glory,
Come dreamy forms and faces,
Snatches of song and story;
Whispers of sweet, still faces;
Rays of ethereal glimmer,
That gleam like sunny heavens,
Ne'er to grow colder or dimmer:
Now far in the distance, now shining near,
Lighting the snows of the shivering year.

Faces there are that tremble,
Bleared with a silent weeping,
Weird in a shadowy sorrow,
As if endless vigil keeping.
Faces of dazzling brightness,
With childlike radiance lighted,
Flashing with many a beauty,
Nor care nor time had blighted.
But o'er them all there's a glamour thrown.
Bright with the dreamy distance alone.

Aglow in the Christmas halo,
Shining with heavenly lustre,
These are the fairy faces
That round the hearthstone cluster.
These the deep, tender records,
Sacred in all their meetness,
That, wakening purest fancies,
Soften us with their sweetness;
As, gathered where flickering fagots burn,
We welcome the holy season's return.

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