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How Christmas Came To The Santa Maria Flats
ELIA W. PEATTIE THERE were twenty-six flat childre...

Toinette And The Elves
SUSAN COOLIDGE THE winter's sun was nearing the ho...

The Little Sister's Vacation
WINIFRED M. KIRKLAND IT WAS to be a glorious Chris...

Under The Holly-bough
CHARLES MACKAY Ye who have scorned each othe...

Merry Christmas
ANON In the rush of the merry morning, ...

A Christmas Letter From Australia
DOUGLAS SLADEN 'Tis Christmas, and the North win...

A Christmas Piece
Of garnered rhyme, from hidden stores of olden time tha...





The Christmas Silence






MARGARET DELAND

Hushed are the pigeons cooing low
On dusty rafters of the loft;
And mild-eyed oxen, breathing soft,
Sleep on the fragrant hay below.

Dim shadows in the corner hide;
The glimmering lantern's rays are shed
Where one young lamb just lifts his head,
Then huddles 'gainst his mother's side.

Strange silence tingles in the air;
Through the half-open door a bar
Of light from one low-hanging star
Touches a baby's radiant hair.

No sound: the mother, kneeling, lays
Her cheek against the little face.
Oh human love! Oh heavenly grace!
'Tis yet in silence that she prays!

Ages of silence end to-night;
Then to the long-expectant earth
Glad angels come to greet His birth
In burst of music, love, and light!





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