Old Christmas Recalled - online book

Washington Irving's description of Old Christmas, Illustrated

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Squire kept up old customs in kitchen as well as hall; and the rolling-pin, struck upon the dresser by the cook, summoned the servants to carry in the meats.
Just in this nick the cook knock'd thrice, And all the waiters in a trice
His summons did obey ; Each serving man, with dish in hand, March'd boldly up, like our train-band,
Presented and away.*
* Sir John Suckling.
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