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The Fir-tree
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN OUT in the woods stood a n...

To The Fir-tree
FROM THE GERMAN O Fir-tree green! O Fir-tree...

A Christmas Carol For Children
MARTIN LUTHER Good news from heaven the ange...

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

A Ballade Of Old Loves
CAROLYN WELLS Who is it stands on the polish...

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

Colonial Christmases
ALICE MORSE EARLE [From Customs and Fashions in Old ...





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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