Old Christmas: From the Sketch Book of Washington Irving

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George A. Zabriskie, 1876 - Počet stran: 29

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A look back to when Christmas was fading as a holiday in pre-Dickins England and American Washington Irving was nostalgic for the old ways of celebrating. Přečíst celou recenzi

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Quick and interesting read about how Christmas was celebrated in the past. Liked the way it was divided up into the different aspects of Christmas; travelling for the celebration, Christmas Eve, the ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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Strana 15 - gainst that season comes Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated, This bird of dawning singeth all night long : % And then, they say, no spirit dares stir abroad; The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike, No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm, So hallow'd and so gracious is the time.
Strana 71 - Let not the dark thee cumber. What though the moon does slumber? The stars of the night Will lend thee their light, Like tapers clear without number.
Strana 31 - Now capons and hens, besides turkeys, geese, and ducks, with beef and mutton — must all die — for in twelve days a multitude of people will not be fed with a little.
Strana 16 - Surely happiness is reflective, like the light of heaven; and every countenance bright with smiles, and glowing with innocent enjoyment, is a mirror transmitting to others the rays of a supreme and ever shining benevolence.
Strana 118 - Now, all our neighbours' chimneys smoke, And Christmas blocks are burning; Their ovens they with baked meats choke, And all their spits are turning. Without the door let sorrow lie; And if for cold it hap to die, We'll bury 't in a Christmas pie, And evermore be merry.
Strana 71 - Her eyes the glow-worm lend thee, The shooting stars attend thee, And the elves also, Whose little eyes glow Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee.
Strana 118 - Eache roome with yvie leaves is drest, And every post with holly. Now all our neighbours' chimneys smoke, And Christmas blocks are burning ; Their ovens they with bak't meats choke And all their spits are turning.
Strana 82 - Which of thy kindness thou hast sent; And my content Makes those, and my beloved beet, To be more sweet. 'Tis thou that crown'st my glittering hearth With guiltless mirth; And giv'st me wassail bowls to drink, Spiced to the brink.
Strana 127 - Oxonian, on receiving a hint from the squire, gave, with an air of the most comic gravity, an old carol, the first verse of which was as follows: Caput apri defero Reddens laudes Domino. The boar's head in hand bring I, With garlands gay and rosemary. I pray you all synge merrily Qui estis in convivio.
Strana 120 - t in a Christmas pye, And evermore be merry. WITHERS' JDVBMIL I HAD finished my toilet, and was loitering with Frank Bracebridge in the library, when we heard a distant thwacking sound, which he informed me was a signal for the serving up of the dinner. The squire kept up old customs in kitchen as well as hall ; and the rolling-pin, struck upon the dresser by the cook, summoned the servants to carry in the meats. Just in this nick the cook knock'd thrice, And all the waiters in a trice His summons...

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