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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
December 24
Christmas Eve
London “Public Opinion”
A Scandinavian Legend

CHRIST was born upon this night.
  Mistress, spin no more.
Master, seven good candles light;
  The dead are at the door.
He, that with his ship was lost,        5
  Happed in the salt sod,
She, that at white Pentecost
  Left as for her God.
One that went long time ago,
  One for bridal clad;        10
One with golden locks a-flow,
  Just a little lad.
Master, the long grave is sweet
  By the old sea-wall;
Mistress, they that part shall meet—        15
  Christ was born for all.
Spread the cloth as white as snow;
  Sprigs of rosemary set,
That the blessed dead may know
  We remember yet.        20
Pour the wine and break the bread;
  Put green boughs about;
We too be rememberèd
  When our day is out!

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