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The Boar's Head Carol
(Sung at Queen's College, Oxford.) The boar'...

A Christmas Carol

Christmas Carol
JAMES S. PARK So crowded was the little town...

Christmas Bells
JOHN KEBLE Wake me to-night, my mother dear,...

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

The Story Of Oello
Once upon a time there was a young girl, who had the ...

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

The Spirit Of Christmas

From Pickwick Papers.


And numerous indeed are the hearts to which Christmas brings a brief
season of happiness and enjoyment. How many families whose members have
been dispersed and scattered far and wide, in the restless struggles of
life, are then re-united, and meet once again in that happy state of
companionship and mutual good-will, which is a source of such pure and
unalloyed delight, and one so incompatible with the cares and sorrows of
the world, that the religious belief of the most civilized nations, and
the rude traditions of the roughest savages, alike number it among the
first joys of a future state of existence, provided for the blest and
happy! How many old recollections, and how many dormant sympathies, does
Christmas time awaken!

We write these words now, many miles distant from the spot at which,
year after year, we met on that day, a merry and joyous circle. Many of
the hearts that throb so gaily then, have ceased to beat; many of the
looks that shone so brightly then, have ceased to glow; the hands we
grasped, have grown cold; the eyes we sought, have hid their lustre in
the grave; and yet the old house, the room, the merry voices and smiling
faces, the jest, the laugh, the most minute and trivial circumstance
connected with those happy meetings, crowd upon our mind at each
recurrence of the season, as if the last assemblage had been but
yesterday. Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions
of our childish days, that can recall to the old man the pleasures of
his youth, and transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of
miles away, back to his own fireside and his quiet home!

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