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"I will hold Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens.

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Christmas Poetry

The Mahogany Tree

    Christmas is here;
    Winds whistle shrill,
    Icy and chill,
    Little care we:
    Little we fear
    Weather without,
    Sheltered about
    The Mahogany Tree.

    Commoner greens,
    Ivy and oaks,
    Poets, in jokes,
    Sing, do you see?
    Good fellows' shins
    Here, boys, are found,
    Twisting around
    The Mahogany Tree.

    Once on the boughs
    Birds of rare plume
    Sang, in its bloom;
    Night birds are we:
    Here we carouse,
    Singing like them,
    Perched round the stem
    Of the jolly old tree.

    Here let us sport,
    Boys, as we sit;
    Laughter and wit
    Flashing so free.

    Sorrows, begone!
    Life and its ills,
    Duns and their bills,
    Bid we to flee.

    Life is but short --
    When we are gone,
    Let them sing on,
    Round the old tree.

    Evenings we knew,
    Happy as this;
    Faces we miss,
    Pleasant to see.
    Kind hearts and true,
    Gentle and just,
    Peace to your dust!
    We sing round the tree.

    Care, like a dun,
    Lurks at the gate:
    Let the dog wait;
    Happy we'll be!
    Drink every one;
    Pile up the coals,
    Fill the red bowls,
    Round the old tree.

    Drain we the cup. --
    Friend, art afraid?
    Spirits are laid
    In the Red Sea.
    Mantle it up;
    Empty it yet;
    Let us forget,
    Round the old tree.

    Come with the dawn,
    Blue-devil sprite;
    Leave us to-night,
    Round the old tree.

    William Makepeace Thackeray 1811-1863

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