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A NON-NATURAL CHRISTMAS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: O christmas hollies! O thrice-blessed morn!
Last Line: Woe to faint hearts! We must not falter here.
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The

O Christmas hollies! O thrice-blessed morn!
Again with thy dear message art thou come,
A word of joy to thousands, but to some
A fable among fables, 'Christ is born!'
Hold off the hour to which our folly leans,
When priesthood in his own white robe shall stand
Forsworn - amid the faithful evergreens!
A thief - a traitor to his own right hand!
Once perjured and ordained, what follows next?
Whene'er, as preacher, to his flock he speaks,
The self-yoked sophist, fretting at his text,
Will rub against its meaning - while the weeks
And months drag on his hollow Christian year -
Woe to faint hearts! we must not falter here.

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