BOOK OF CHRISTMAS - online book

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

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" With an old study fill'd full of learned old books,
With an old reverend chaplain, you might know him by his looks, With an old buttery hatch worn quite off the hooks, And an old kitchen, that maintained half-a-dozen old cooks : Like an old courtier, &c.
" With an old hall, hung about with pikes, guns, and bows, With old swords, and bucklers, that had borne many shrewde blows, And an old frize coat, to cover his worship's trunk hose, And a cup of old sherry to comfort his copper nose ; Like an old courtier, &c.
" With a good old fashion, when Christmasse was come, To call in all his old neighbors with bagpipe and drum, With good chear enough to furnish every old room, And old liquor able to make a cat speak, and man dumb; Like an old courtier, &c.
" With an old falconer, huntsman, and a kennel of hounds, That never hawked, nor hunted, but in his own grounds, Who, like a wise man, kept himself within his own bounds, And when he dyed gave every child a thousand good pounds; Like an old courtier, &c.
" But to his eldest son his house and land he assign'd, Charging him in his will to keep the old bountifull mind, To be good to his old tenants, and to his neighbors be kind ; But in the ensuing ditty you shall hear how he was inclin'd; Like a young courtier, &c.
" Like a flourishing young gallant, newly come to his land, Who keeps a brace of painted madams at his command, And takes up a thousand pound upon his father's land, And gets drunk in a tavern, till he can neither go nor stand ; Like a young courtier, &c.
" With a new fangled lady, that is dandy, nice, and spare,
Who never knew what belong'd to good house-keeping or care, Who buys gaudy-color'd fans to play with wanton air, And seven or eight different dressings of other women's hair; Like a young courtier, &c.
" With a new-fashion'd hall, built where the old one stood, Hung round with new pictures, that do the poor no good, With a fine marble chimney, wherein burns neither coal nor wood, And a new smooth shovelboard, whereon no victuals ne'er stood; Like a young courtier, &c.
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