Old Christmas Recalled - online book

Washington Irving's description of Old Christmas, Illustrated

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CHRISTMAS DAY                                91
' deep, solemn mouths,' and for the tenor the ' loud ringing mouths,' among the country bumpkins ; and for ' sweet mouths,' he has culled with curious taste among the prettiest lasses in the neighbour­hood ; though these last, he affirms, are the most difficult to keep in tune ; your pretty female singer being exceedingly wayward and capricious, and very liable to accident."
As the morning, though frosty, was remarkably
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