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Each age has deem'd the new-born year The fittest time for festal cheer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . And well our Christian sires of old Loved when the year its course had roll'd And brought blithe Christmas back again, With all his hospitable train. Domestic and religious rite Gave honour to the holy night; On Christmas eve the bells were rung; On Christmas eve the mass was sung; That only night in all the year, Saw the stoled priest the chalice rear.

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Source Notes: Marmion (introduction to canto 6).

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