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Ceremonies For Christmas

by Robert Herrick, 1648

Come, bring with a noise,
  My merry, merry boys,
The Christmas log to the firing;
  While my good dame, she
  Bids ye all be free,
And drink to your hearts’ desiring.

  With the last year’s brand
  Light the new block, and
For good success in his spending
  On your psaltries play,
  That sweet luck may
Come while the log is a-teending.

  Drink now the strong beer,
  Cut the white loaf here;
The while the meat is a-shredding
  For the rare mince-pie,
  And the plums stand by
To fill the paste that’s a-kneading.

Published in Hesperides

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