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Washington Irving's description of Old Christmas, Illustrated

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CHRISTMAS EVE                                   7l
an effort of memory, struck into another strain, and, with a charming air of gallantry, gave Herrick's " Night-Piece to Julia :"
Her eyes the glow-worm lend thee, The shooting stars attend thee,
And the elves also,
Whose little eyes glow Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee.
No Will-o'-the-Wisp mislight thee ; Nor snake or glow-worm bite thee ;
But on, on thy way,
Not making a stay, Since ghost there is none to affright thee.
Then let not the dark thee cumber ; What though the moon does slumber,
The stars of the night
Will lend thee their light, Like tapers clear without number.
Then, Julia, let me woo thee, Thus, thus to come unto me ;
And when I shall meet
Thy silvery feet, My soul I'll pour into thee.
The song might have been intended in com-
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