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Washington Irving's description of Old Christmas, Illustrated

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140                     THE CHRISTMAS DINNER
dicative of laughter;—indeed, I have rarely met with an old gentleman who took absolutely offence at the imputed gallantries of his youth.
I found the tide of wine and wassail fast gain­ing on the dry land of sober judgment. The company grew merrier and louder as their jokes grew duller. Master Simon was in as chirping a
humour as a grasshopper filled with dew; his old songs grew of a warmer complexion, and he began to talk maudlin about the widow. He even gave a long song about the wooing of a widow, which he informed me he had gathered from
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