Old Christmas Recalled - online book

Washington Irving's description of Old Christmas, Illustrated

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ding, and other wor­thies celebrated in an­cient maskings. The whole was under the control of the Oxoni­an, in the appropriate character of Misrule; and I observed that he exercised rather a mischievous sway with his wand over the smaller person­ages of the pageant.
The irruption of this motley crew, with beat of drum, accord­ing to ancient custom, was the consumma­tion of uproar and merriment. Master Simon covered him-
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