Quotes, sayings & poems

Christmas Poems

The Twenty-fourth of December

The clock ticks slowly, slowly in the hall,
And slower and more slow the long hours crawl;
It seems as though today
Would never pass away;
The clock ticks slowly, s-l-o-w-l-y in the hall.

- unknown

English Traditional

Christmas comes, he comes, he somes,
Ushered in with a rain of plums,
Hollies in the windows greet him,
Schools come driving post to meet him,
Gifts precede him bells proclaim him.

- proverb

Traditional

Then be ye glad, good people,
This night of all the year,
And light ye up your candles:
His star is shining near.

- unknown

The Holly and the Ivy

The holly and the ivy
Now both are full well grown.
Of all the trees are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

- unknown

Green Grow'th the Holly

Green grow'th the holly
So doth the ivy;
Though winter blasts blow ne'er so high,
Green grow'th the holly.
Green grow'th the holly,
So doth the ivy;

The God of life can never die,
Hope! saith the holly.

- English, 16th century

At Christmas Time

At Christmas time, we deck the hall
With holly branches brave and tall,
With sturdy pine and hemlock bright
And in the Yule log's dancing light
We tell old tales of field and fight
At Christmas time.
At Christmas time we pile the board
With flesh and fruit and vintage stored,
And mid the laughter and the glow
We tread a measure soft and slow,
And kiss beneath the mistletoe
At Christmas time.

- English Traditional

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Till, ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,

And with the sound
The Carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,

And made forlorn
The households born
Of Peace on earth, good-willl to men!
And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;

‘For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!

The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Bells

Oh, he did whistle and she did sing,
And all the bells on earth did ring,
For joy that our Saviour He was born
On Christmas Day in the morning.

- from an Old English Carol

And All the Angels

And all the angels in heaven shall sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day,
And all the angels in heaven shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

- from an Old Scottish Carol

Christ is Born

Angels clap hands; let men borbear to mourn;
Their saving health is come; for Christ is born.
Hark, what a heavenly choir of angels sing
Sweet carols at the birth of this new king.

- English, 16th century

About the Field

About the field they piped full right,
Even about the midst of the night;
They saw come down from heaven a light:
Tirle, tirle - so merrily
The shepherds began to blow.

- English Shepherd's carol