Christmas - Its Origin, Celebration and Significance as Related in Prose and Verse
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Christmas - Its Origin, Celebration and Significance as Related in Prose and Verse

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The Project Gutenberg eBook, Christmas, by Various, Edited by Robert Haven Schauffler This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: Christmas Its Origin, Celebration and Significance as Related in Prose and Verse Author: Various Editor: Robert Haven Schauffler Release Date: July 25, 2006 [eBook #18908] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK CHRISTMAS*** E-text prepared by David Starner, Jeffrey Johnson, and the Project Gutenberg Online Distributed Proofreading Team ( OUR AMERICAN HOLIDAYS Edited by ROBERT HAVEN SCHAUFFLER AND OTHERS A series of anthologies for the use of students and teachers in schools and colleges; consisting of the best verse, plays, stories, addresses, special articles, orations, etc. Applicable to the holidays listed as follows: CHRISTMAS December 25th DEMOCRACY DAYS EASTER March or April GOOD WILL DAYS HALLOWE'EN October 31st INDEPENDENCE DAY July 4th LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY February 12th THE MAGIC OF BOOKS Book Week THE MAGIC OF MUSIC Music Week MEMORIAL DAY May 30th MOTHER'S DAY Second Sunday in May PAN-AMERICAN DAY April 14th PEACE DAYS ROOSEVELT DAY October 27th THANKSGIVING Last Thursday in November WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY February 22nd OUR AMERICAN HOLIDAYS CHRISTMAS ITS ORIGIN, CELEBRATION AND SIGNIFICANCE AS RELATED IN PROSE AND VERSE EDITED BY ROBERT HAVEN SCHAUFFLER NEW YORK DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY 1968 COPYRIGHT 1907 BY DODD, MEAD & COMPANY CONTENTS NOTE PREFACE INTRODUCTION I ORIGIN Is There a Santa Claus? O Little Town of Bethlehem The Glad Evangel The Shepherds A Christmas Carol A Christmas Hymn Sons of the Morning God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen The Christmas Silence A Christmas Lullaby Hymn for the Nativity Masters in this Hall The Adoration of the Wise Men The Shepherds in Judea Christmas Carol Neighbors of the Christ Night Cradle Hymn An Ode on the Birth of Our Saviour Christmas Song A Hymn on the Nativity of My Saviour The Shepherd's Song A Christmas Carol F.P. Church Phillips Brooks Kate Douglas Wiggin William Drummond James Russell Lowell Alfred Domett Reginald Heber Dinah Maria Mulock Margaret Deland John Addington Symonds Edward Thring Anonymous Cecil Frances Alexander Mary Austin James S. Park Nora Archibald Smith Isaac Watts Robert Herrick Edmund Hamilton Sears Ben Jonson Edmund Bolton Aubrey de Vere A Christmas Hymn Anon Christmas Day Charles Wesley Christmas Anonymous Christmas Nahum Tate "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night" Margaret Deland Colonial Christmases Alice Morse Earle The Angels William Drummond Hymn for Christmas Felicia Hemans New Prince, New Pomp Robert Southwell The Three Kings Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Hymn on the Nativity John Milton II CELEBRATION Christmas Eve at Mr. Wardle's A Visit from St. Nicholas A Christmas Piece Wassailer's Song Christmas Eve Christmas In The Olden Time Sly Santa Claus The Waits The Knighting of the Sirloin The Christmas Goose at the Cratchits' God Bless Us Every One Bells Across the Snow Christmas Bells Minstrels and Maids Inexhaustibility of the Subject of Christmas Song of the Holly Under the Holly-Bough Ceremonies for Christmas Santa Claus The Ceremonies for Christmas Day December The Festival of St. Nicholas The Christmas Holly To the Fir-Tree The Mahogany-Tree Christmas Church Decking at Christmas So, Now is Come Our Joyful'st Feast Fairy Faces Merry Christmas A Merry Christmas to You Christmas Bells The Birth of Christ The Christmas Carol Christmas at Fezziwig's Warehouse Christmas Bells Charles Dickens Clement C. Moore Fred S. Cozzens Robert Southwell Hamilton Wright Mabie Walter Scott Mrs. C.S. Stone Margaret Deland Anonymous Charles Dickens James Whitcomb Riley Frances Ridley Havergal Henry Wadsworth Longfellow William Morris Leigh Hunt William Shakespeare Charles Mackay Robert Herrick Anonymous Robert Herrick Harriet F. Blodgett Mary Mapes Dodge Eliza Cook From the German William Makepeace Thackeray Washington Irving William Wordsworth George Wither Anonymous Anonymous Theodore Ledyard Cuyler Anonymous Alfred Tennyson William Wordsworth Charles Dickens John Keble III SIGNIFICANCE AND SPIRIT A Christmas Carmen John G. Whittier The Spirit Of Christmas Charles Dickens On Good Wishes at Christmas Friswell A Christmas Song William Cox Bennett Sery Richard Watson Gilder A Christmas Song Tudor Jenks Christmas Christmas Carol The End of the Play Christ's Nativity Christmas Dreams Keeping Christmas Mark Well My Heavy, Doleful Tale A Christmas Carol The Glorious Song of Old A Christmas Carol for Children On Santa Claus A Christmas Carol An Offertory Christmas Song A Christmas Carol A Simple Bill of Fare for a Christmas Dinner A Ballade of Old Loves Ballade of Christmas Ghosts Hang Up the Baby's Stocking The Newest Thing in Christmas Carols A Christmas Letter from Australia Christmas Alexander Smith Phillips Brooks William Makepeace Thackeray Henry Vaughan Christopher North Henry Van Dyke Anonymous Christina G. Rossetti Edmund H. Sears Martin Luther George A. Baker, Jr Josiah Gilbert Holland Mary Mapes Dodge Lydia A.C. Ward Christian Burke H.H Carolyn Wells Andrew Lang [Emily Huntington Miller] Anonymous Douglas Sladen Rose Terry Cooke IV STORIES The Fir Tree Little Roger's Night in the Church Mr. Bluff's Experiences of Holidays Santa Claus at Simpson's Bar Hans Christian Andersen Susan Coolidge Oliver Bell Bunce Bret Harte V OLD CAROLS AND EXERCISES God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen Old Christmas Returned Christmas Carol In Excelsis Gloria The Boar's Head Carol Christmas Carol A Christmas Insurrection The Night After Christmas When the Stars of Morning Sang A Prayer at Bethlehem The Christmas Fires The Mother (A Story) ADDITIONAL PIECES Anne P.L. Field Anne P.L. Field Anne P.L. Field Anne P.L. Field Anne P.L. Field Robert Haven Schauffler NOTE The Publishers desire to acknowledge the kindness of Messrs. Charles Scribner's Sons; Houghton, Mifflin and Company; Little, Brown and Company; Dodd, Mead and Company; Bobbs-Merrill Company and others, who have granted us permission to reproduce selections from works bearing their copyright. PREFACE Christmas is our most important holiday, and its literature is correspondingly rich. Yet until now no adequate bundle of Christmas treasures in poetry and prose has found its way into the library of Santa Claus. While this book brings to children of all ages, in school and at home, the best lyrics, carols, essays, plays and stories of Christmas, its scope is yet wider. For the Introduction gives a rapid view of the holiday's origin and development, its relation to cognate pagan festivals, the customs and symbols of its observance in different lands, and the significance and spirit of the day. This Introduction endeavors to be as suggestive as possible to parents and teachers who are personally conducted and introduced to the host of writers learned and quaint, human and pedantic, humorous and brilliant and profound, who have dealt technically with this fascinating subject. INTRODUCTION It was the habit of him whose birthday we celebrate to take what was good in men and remould it to higher