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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Ceremonies for Christmas
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
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        5
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,        10
    That sweet luck may
Come while the log is a-teending. 1
Drink now the strong beer,
    Cut the white loaf here;
The while the meat is a-shredding        15
    For the rare mince-pie,
    And the plums stand by
To fill the paste that’s a-kneading.
Note 1. A-teending: kindling. [back]

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