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The Customs, Ceremonies, Traditions, Superstitions, Fun, Feeling,
And Festivities Of The Christmas Season.

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of a comparatively modern date, printed in Evans's collection, which we advise no man to read, fasting. It is directed to be sung to the tune of "The Delights of the Bottle;" and contains, in every verse, a vision of good things,—summed up by the per­petually recurring burthen of
" Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies, and roast beef! "
Our readers had better take a biscuit and a glass of sherry, be fore they venture upon the glimpses into those regions of ban queting which we are tempted to lay before them. The ballaa opens like the ringing of a dinner-bell; and, we conceive, shoula be sung to some such accompaniment.—
" All you that to feasting and mirth are inclin'd, Come here is good news for to pleasure your mind, Old Christmas is come for to keep open house, He scorns to be guilty of starving a mouse: Then come, boys, and welcome for diet the chief, Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies, and roast beef."
"Diet the chief7"—by which we are to understand that this promising muster-roll merely includes the names of some of the principal viands—the high-commissioned dishes of the feast;— leaving the subalterns, and the entire rank and file which complete the goodly array, unmentioned. It must have been a very inge­nious, or a very strong-minded mouse which could contrive to be starved, under such circumstances. The ballad is long ; and we can only afford to give our readers " tastings " of its good things. It is everywhere full of most gracious promise.—
" The cooks shall be busied, by day and by night, In roasting and boiling, for taste and delight, Their senses in liquor that's nappy they'll steep, Though they be afforded to have little sleep ; They still are employed for to dress us, in brief, Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd-pies, and roast-beef.
" Although the cold weather doth hunger provoke, 'Tis a comfort to see how the chimneys do smoke ; Provision is making for beer, ale, and wine, For all that are willing or ready to dine : Then haste to the kitchen, for diet the chief, Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd-pies, and roast-beef..
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