The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Church-Decking At Christmas

Words: William Wordsworth

Source: Henry Vizetelly, Christmas With The Poets (London: David Bogue, 1851).

 

Would that our scrupulous sires had dared to leave
    Less scanty measure of those graceful rites
    And usages, whose due return invites
A stir of mind too natural to deceive;
Giving the memory help when she could weave
    A crown for Hope!I dread the boasted lights
    That all too often are but fiery blights,
Killing the bud o'er which in vain we grieve.
Go, seek, when Christmas snows discomfort bring,
    The counter Spirit found in some gay church
    Green with fresh holly, every pew a perch
In which the linnet or the thrush might sing,
    Merry and loud, and safe from prying search,
Strains offered only to the genial spring.

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