Words: Walter De La Mare
Source: Anne Thaxter Eaton, ed., Welcome Christmas! A Garland Of Poems. New York: The Viking Press, 1955.
Holly dark: pale Mistletoe —
Christmas Eve is come, and lo,
Wild are the bells across the snow,
Waits in the dark streets carolling go;
"Nowel! Nowel!" they shout — and, oh,
How live out the day!
Each breath I breathe turns to a sigh;
My heart is flown away;
The things I see around me seem
Entranced with light — as in a dream;
The candles dazzle in my eyes,
And every leaping fireflame tries
To sing, what none could say.