The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Nowel

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.

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