Evergreen Decking At Christmas
Words: Romaine Joseph Thorn
London: T. N. Longman, 1795
Source: Henry Vizetelly, Christmas With The Poets (London: David Bogue, 1851).
From every hedge is plucked by eager hands
The holly branch, with prickly leaves replete,
And fraught with berries of a crimson hue;
Which, torn asunder from its parent trunk,
Is straightway taken to the neighbouring towns;
Where windows, mantels, candlesticks, and shelves,
Quarts, pints, decanters, pipkins, basins, jugs,
And other articles of household ware,
The verdant garb confess.
Note from Vizetelly:
The annexed descriptions of the various features of the Christmas season are extracted from a poem of considerable length, entitled "Christmas," written by Romaine Joseph Thorn, and published towards the close of the eighteenth century. We have been unable to meet with a copy of this poem; our extracts have therefore been made from Brand's "Popular Antiquities," vol. i., and comprise, of course, only such passages as have been selected for that work.
An electronic copy is available at the University of Arizona Library, but subject to licensing agreements and therefore not publicly available. No copies appeared in WorldCat as of September 28, 2006.
The six poem segments reproduced by Vizetelly are:
Excerpts from "Christmas," Romaine Joseph Thorne
The Christmas Carol
Evergreen-Decking At Christmas
The Christmas Box
The Christmas Feast