The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Welcome, Friend! St Nicholas, Welcome

Words: From "The Festival Of Saint Nicholas," Mary Mapes Dodge (1831-1905)
Chapter IX of Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates

Source: Robert Haven Schauffler, ed., Christmas: Its Origin, Celebration and Significance as Related in Prose and Verse (1907)

"Welcome, friend! St. Nicholas, welcome!
    Bring no rod for us to-night!
While our voices bid thee welcome,
    Every heart with joy is light.

"Tell us every fault and failing;
We will bear thy keenest railing
So we sing, so we sing:
Thou shalt tell us everything!

"Welcome, friend! St. Nicholas, welcome!
    Welcome to this merry band!
Happy children greet thee, welcome!
    Thou art gladdening all the land.

"Fill each empty hand and basket;
'T is thy little ones who ask it.
So we sing, so we sing:
Thou wilt bring us everything!"

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