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The First New England Christmas
G. L. STONE AND M. G. FICKETT IT WAS a warm and pl...

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

Song Of The Holly
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Blow, blow thou wint...

The Three Kings
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW Three Kings came ...

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

Stand And Wait
I. CHRISTMAS EVE. "They've come! they've come!"...

Ballade Of Christmas Ghosts
ANDREW LANG Between the moonlight and the fi...





So Now Is Come Our Joyfulst Feast






GEORGE WITHER

So, now is come our joyfulst feast,
Let every man be jolly;
Each room with ivy leaves is drest,
And every post with holly.
Though some churls at our mirth repine,
Round your foreheads garlands twine;
Drown sorrow in a cup of wine,
And let us all be merry.

Now all our neighbours' chimnies smoke,
And Christmas logs are burning;
Their ovens they with baked meats choke,
And all their spits are turning.
Without the door let sorrow lie;
And if for cold it hap to die,
We'll bury't in a Christmas pie,
And evermore be merry.

Now every lad is wondrous trim,
And no man minds his labour;
Our lasses have provided them
A bag-pipe and a tabor;
Young men and maids, and girls and boys,
Give life to one another's joys;
And you anon shall by their noise
Perceive that they are merry.

Rank misers now do sparing shun;
Their hall of music soundeth;
And dogs thence with whole shoulders run,
So all things there aboundeth.
The country folks themselves advance
For crowdy-mutton's[A] come out of France;
And Jack shall pipe, and Jill shall dance,
And all the town be merry.

[Footnote A: Fiddlers.]





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