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Ceremonies For Christmas
ROBERT HERRICK Come, bring with a noise, ...

An Ode On The Birth Of Our Saviour
ROBERT HERRICK In numbers, and but these few...

The Christmas Holly
ELIZA COOK The holly! the holly! oh, twine i...

A Christmas Carol
AUBREY DE VERE They leave the land of gems a...

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

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

Christmas Under The Snow
OLIVE THORNE MILLER IT WAS just before Christmas, ...

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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