A story of a family party, embracing the familiar things of Christmas

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Sivu 14 - Nor stoop'd their lamps th' enthroned fires on high ; A single silent star Came wandering from afar, Gliding unchecked and calm along the liquid sky ; The Eastern sages leading on As at a kingly throne, To lay their gold and odours sweet Before Thy infant feet. The Earth and Ocean were not hush'd to hear Bright harmony from every starry sphere ; Nor at Thy presence brake the voice of song From all the cherub choirs And seraphs...
Sivu 14 - Ring out false pride in place and blood, The civic slander and the spite ; Ring in the love of truth and right, Ring in the common love of good. Ring out old shapes of foul disease, Ring out the narrowing lust of gold ; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring in the thousand years of peace. Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand ; Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Christ that is to be.
Sivu 19 - UNDER THE HOLLY BOUGH. 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 — He links no longer broken; — Be sweet forgiveness spoken Under the holly bough.
Sivu 37 - Day these carols took the place of psalms in all the Churches, especially at afternoon service, the whole congregation joining ; and at the end it was usual for the parish clerk to declare, in a loud voice, his wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all the parishioners.
Sivu 36 - ... below ; Sudden he starts ! and hears, or thinks he hears, The sound of something purring at his heels ; Full fast he flies, and dares not look behind him, Till out of breath he overtakes his fellows ; Who gather round, and wonder at the tale Of horrid apparition tall and ghastly, That walks at dead of night, or takes his stand O'er some new-open'd grave; and, strange to tell! Evanishes at crowing of the cock.
Sivu 40 - He was attended by his lord keeper, lord treasurer, with eight white staves, a captain of his band of pensioners, and of his guard ; and with two chaplains, who were so seriously impressed with an idea of his regal dignity, that when they preached before him on the preceding Sunday in the Temple Church, on ascending the pulpit they saluted him with three low bows. He dined both in the Hall and in his privy chamber, under a cloth of estate.
Sivu 35 - It is said to have consisted wholly of oaks, and among them was one that bore mistletoe, which some persons were so hardy as to cut for the gain of selling it to the apothecaries of London, leaving a branch of it to sprout out ; but they proved unfortunate after it, for one of them fell lame, and others lost an eye.
Sivu 43 - The Wren, the Wren, the king of all birds, St. Stephen's day was caught in the furze, Although he is little, his family's .great, I pray you, good landlady, give us a treat.
Sivu 43 - Cbristian missionaries, and, by their commands, he is still hunted and killed by the peasants on Christmas Day, and on the following (St. Stephen's Day) he is carried about hung by the leg in the centre of two hoops crossing each other at right angles, and a procession made in every village, of men, women, and children, singing an Irish catch, importing him to be the king of all birds.
Sivu 35 - When the end of the year approached, the old Druids marched with great solemnity to gather the mistletoe of the oak in order to present it to Jupiter, inviting all the world to assist at the ceremony with these words: "The new year is at hand; gather the mistletoe.

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