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The Shepherds And The Angels
ADAPTED FROM THE BIBLE AND there were shepherds in...

A Christmas Lullaby
JOHN ADDINGTON SYMONDS Sleep, baby, sleep! T...

The Legend Of Babouscka
ADAPTED FROM THE RUSSIAN IT WAS the night the dear...

Old Father Christmas
J. H. EWING THE custom of Christmas-trees came fro...

The End Of The Play
WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY The play is done...

Christmas And Rome
The first Christmas this in which a Roman Senate has ...

A Merry Christmas To You
THEODORE LEDYARD CUYLER My own boyhood was spent in ...





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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