Ceremonies for Christmas

Enjoy this short poem about Christmas written many years ago by poet, Robert Herrick. The short verses recall celebrations that mark Christmas. We hope you enjoy it.

Ceremonies for Christmas
Poet - Robert Herrick

Come, bring with a noise,
My merry, merry boys,

The Christmas Log to the firing;
While my good Dame, she

Bids ye all be free;
And drink to your heart's desiring.

With the last year's brand
Light the new block, and

For good success in his spending,
On your Psaltries play,

That sweet luck may
Come while the log is a-tinding.

Drink now the strong beer,
Cut the white loaf here,

The while the meat is a-shredding;
For the rare mince-pie

And the plums stand by
To fill the paste that's a-kneading.

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