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A Christmas Fairy
JOHN STRANGE WINTER IT was getting very near to Ch...

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

Hymn For The Nativity
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The First Christmas-tree
BY LUCY WHEELOCK TWO little children were sitting ...

The Glad Evangel
KATE DOUGLAS WIGGIN When the Child of Nazareth w...

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

A Christmas Song
TUDOR JENKS When mother-love makes all thing...





Under The Holly-bough






CHARLES MACKAY

Ye who have scorned each other,
Or injured friend or brother,
In this fast-fading year;
Ye who, by word or deed,
Have made a kind heart bleed,
Come gather here!
Let sinned against and sinning
Forget their strife's beginning,
And join in friendship now.
Be links no longer broken,
Be sweet forgiveness spoken
Under the Holly-Bough.

Ye who have loved each other,
Sister and friend and brother,
In this fast-fading year:
Mother and sire and child,
Young man and maiden mild,
Come gather here;
And let your heart grow fonder,
As memory shall ponder
Each past unbroken vow;
Old loves and younger wooing
Are sweet in the renewing
Under the Holly-Bough.

Ye who have nourished sadness,
Estranged from hope and gladness
In this fast-fading year;
Ye with o'erburdened mind,
Made aliens from your kind,
Come gather here.
Let not the useless sorrow
Pursue you night and morrow,
If e'er you hoped, hope now.
Take heart,--uncloud your faces,
And join in our embraces
Under the Holly-Bough.





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