Lyrics from a Country Lane; A Miscellany of Verse

Lyrics from a Country Lane; A Miscellany of Verse

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...way; That we would have yet another with a nature somewhat pliant, To fill time-honoured places in our festal hall to-day. But chrysanthemums are fragile, and e'en winter roses tender, And we would have something near them to disport our fancy well. Bring the mystic magic garland! bring it in ye maidens slender! Bring the mistletoe triumphant, for ye know its legend well! Hang the great bush o'er the doorway, just above the Gothic portal, Where no stranger eye can see it, till entangled in your snare; Scatter it in sprigs and branches, to waylay each watchful mortal, Till the barbs of Cupid glimmer from its berries everywhere. Now bring forth the choice camellia, in your raven tresses bind it, Maidens who are bent on conquest on this memorable eve: Gladness is life's best elixir--purity of soul shall find it, Future hopes and sunny mem'ries with the present shall enweave. Gather in! the lamps are lighted, and those "snowball" berries glisten, Meaning mischief; rafters echo, floors shake, with dance and song. Oh! the season is God-given, and we'll only pause to listen To the grand old choral music, to the voices deep and strong. # # So we deck'd the good old mansion on that eve in January, Made it fairer seem and brighter, brighter than it gleam'd before, E'en at Yule-tide, when transfigured by the wand of such a fairy As methought no English homestead e'er had held within its door. # # # Men and maidens, love and friendship shall so permeate your bosoms, That ye'll wonder if the New Year has a talisman or no: Summer's diadem of dewdrops, springtide's coronal of blossoms, Cannot feed Love's incalescence like the mystic mistletoe. For this song had ne'er been written, had the singer, unmolested, Been allowed to roam by Ciipid...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236769856
  • 9781236769855