Christmas Greetings

A festive poem from a Fairy to a Child.

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Lady dear, if Fairies may,
   For a moment lay aside
Cunning tricks and elfish play,
   ’Tis at happy Christmas-tide.

We have heard the children say—
   Gentle children, whom we love—
Long ago, on Christmas Day,
   Came a message from above.

Still, as Christmas-tide comes round,
   They remember it again—
Echo still the joyful sound,
   “Peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Yet the hearts must childlike be
   Where such heavenly guests abide:
Unto children, in their glee,
   All the year is Christmas-tide!

Thus, forgetting tricks and play
   For a moment, Lady dear,
We would wish you, if we may,
   Merry Christmas, glad New Year!

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Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) was a writer and poet. He was best known for his novels including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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