Short Xmas Poems
Listed below are a few short Xmas poems out of the Public Domain. They can be edited for free and re-used in whatever manner you wish. However, I do recommend acknowledging the original author.
Provide for Christmas ere that it do come, To feast thy neighbor good cheer to have some; Good bread and drink, a fire in the hall, Brawn, pudding, souse, and good mustard withal. Beef, mutton, pork, and shred pies of the best, Pig, veal, goose, capon, and turkey well drest; Apples and nuts to throw about the hall, That boys and girls may scramble for them all. Sing jolly carols, make the fiddlers play, Let scrupulous fanatics keep away; For oftentimes seen no arranter knave Than some who do counterfeit most to be grave.
by Poor Robin's Almanac
The Ceremonies for Candlemas Day
Kindle the Christmas brand, and then Till sunset let it burn, Which quenched, then lay it up again Till Christmas next return. Part must be kept, wherewith to teend The Christmas log next year, And where 'tis safely kept, the fiend Can do no mischief there.
by Robert Herrick
End now the white-loaf and the pie, And let all sports with Christmas die.
by Robert Herrick
Holy angels and blest, Through these Palms as ye sweep, Hold their branches at rest, For my Babe is asleep. And ye, Bethlehem palm-trees, As stormy winds rush In tempest and fury Your angry noise hush;-- Move gently, move gently, Restrain your wild sweep; Hold your branches at rest-- My Babe is asleep.
by Lope de Vega
Good-night, good-night, the day is done; Rock, rock the cradle, little one; The lamp is low, and low the sun, Good-night! Good-night, good-night, the Christmas bough Bends to the rocking wind, and thou To mother's ditty noddest now, Good-night! Good-night, good-night, the holy day Bring baby sweets, and sweets alway! Rock, rock--then, tiptoe, steal away, Good-night!
by H. S. M.