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A Christmas Carol
CHRISTIAN BURKE The trees are hung with crys...

Christmas Dreams
CHRISTOPHER NORTH To-morrow is Merry Christmas; and ...

The Telltale Tile
OLIVE THORNE MILLER IT BEGINS with a bit of gossip...

A Visit From St Nicholas
CLEMENT C. MOORE 'Twas the night before Chri...

The Ceremonies For Christmas Day
ROBERT HERRICK Kindle the Christmas brand, a...

So Now Is Come Our Joyfulst Feast
GEORGE WITHER So, now is come our joyfulst f...

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





Old Christmas Returned






All you that to feasting and mirth are inclined,
Come here is good news for to pleasure your mind,
Old Christmas is come for to keep open house,
He scorns to be guilty of starving a mouse:
Then come, boys, and welcome for diet the chief,
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minced pies, and roast beef.

The holly and ivy about the walls wind
And show that we ought to our neighbors be kind,
Inviting each other for pastime and sport,
And where we best fare, there we most do resort;
We fail not of victuals, and that of the chief,
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minced pies, and roast beef.

All travellers, as they do pass on their way,
At gentlemen's halls are invited to stay,
Themselves to refresh, and their horses to rest,
Since that he must be Old Christmas's guest;
Nay, the poor shall not want, but have for relief,
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minced pies, and roast beef.





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