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Old 22-12-2013, 06:11 PM
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Default Favourite Christmas poem

Mine is T'S Elliot's The Journey of the Magi which begins

A cold coming we had of it, that worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey...
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Old 22-12-2013, 07:52 PM
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Have to admit to my ignorance of Christmas poetry,but for a favourite carol has to be silent Night.
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Old 22-12-2013, 09:32 PM
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Christmas Bells

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1864)


I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”
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Old 23-12-2013, 08:35 AM
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Enid - you've just revealed a large gap in my poetry repertoire! The only Christmas poem I can think of is 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'. Not even sure if that's the title or just the first line.
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'T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that St.Nicholas, soon would be there
The children were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads
And mamma in her 'kerchief and I in my cap
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow
Gave a lustre of mid-day to objects below
When what to my wondering eyes did appear
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer
With a little old driver so lively and quick
I knew in a moment he must be St.Nick
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name...'
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