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First Line: Come, sing a hale heigh-ho
Last Line: Gusts of kisses and surprise.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Christmas; Kisses; Past; Singing & Singers; Nativity, The

COME, sing a hale Heigh-ho
For the Christmas long ago! --
When the old log-cabin homed us
From the night of blinding snow,
Where the rarest joy held reign,
And the chimney roared amain,
With the firelight like a beacon
Through the frosty window-pane.

Ah! the revel and the din
From without and from within,
The blend of distant sleigh-bells
With the plinking violin;
The muffled shrieks and cries --
Then the glowing cheeks and eyes --
The driving storm of greetings,
Gusts of kisses and surprise.

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