Christmas is come and every hearth
Makes room to give him welcome now
E’en want will dry its tears in mirth
And crown him wi’ a holly bough
Tho tramping ‘neath a winters sky
O’er snow track paths and rhymey stiles
The huswife sets her spining bye
And bids him welcome wi’ her smiles
Each house is swept the day before
And windows stuck wi’ evergreens
The snow is beesom’d from the door
And comfort crowns the cottage scenes
Gilt holly wi’ its thorny pricks
And yew and box wi’ berrys small
These deck the unus’d candlesticks
And pictures hanging by the wall …read more
Christmas by John Clare
Come bring the 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. …read more
Come bring the noise by Robert Herrick
Pictures: decorations at Riversdale House Museum
I’m not sure the “snow is beesomed from my door” yet, but nonetheless, best wishes for a happy holiday to all.
Happy holidays Riskies!!! As a note: I have a copy of Carolly Erickson’s The Secret Life of Josephine I’m willing to mail to out or to offer in a trade. Any interested parties should e-mail: Jane Austen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Merry, merry everyone.
PS I have a cinnamon “besom” that is relegated to the porch until it mellows out a bit.
Then I can bring it inside, the house will smell good, but no one will keel over.
But as for snow and branches, I improvised:
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas! 🙂