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Hymn For The Nativity
EDWARD THRING Happy night and happy silence ...

Christmas In The Alley
OLIVE THORNE MILLER "I DECLARE for 't, to-morrow i...

The Festival Of St Nicholas
MARY MAPES DODGE We all know how, before the Christm...

Christmas And Rome
The first Christmas this in which a Roman Senate has ...

The Telltale Tile
OLIVE THORNE MILLER IT BEGINS with a bit of gossip...

The Shepherds In Judea
MARY AUSTIN Oh, the Shepherds in Judea, ...

Christmas Song
LYDIA A.C. WARD Why do bells for Christmas r...





A Carol






And here's a Christmas carol meant for children, and most excellent, and
though the monk that wrote it was hung, yet still his verses may be
sung.

As I in a hoarie winter's night
Stood shivering in the snow,
Surpriz'd I was with sudden heat,
Which made my heart to glow;
And lifting up a fearefull eye
To view what fire was neere,
A prettie babe, all burning bright,
Did in the aire appeare;
Who, scorched with excessive heat,
Such flouds of teares did shed,
As though his flouds should quench his flames,
Which with his teares were bred:

Alas! (quoth he) but newly borne,
In fierie heats I frie,
Yet none approach to warm their hearts,
Or feele my fire, but I;
My faultless brest the furnace is,
The fuell, wounding thornes:
Love is the fire, and sighs the smoke,
The ashes, shames and scornes;
The fuell justice layeth on,
And mercy blows the coales,
The metalls in this furnace wrought,
Are Men's defiled soules:
For which, as now on fire I am,
To work them to their good,
So will I melt into a bath,
To wash them in my blood.
With this he vanisht out of sight,
And swiftly shrunke away,
And straight I called unto minde
That it was Christmasse Day.




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