A Wood-fire Bright and Candle-light

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A wood-fire bright and candle-light

Cast golden shadows on the gloom.

You came, my dear, and with you fear

Fled from the corners of my room.

My sad heart swells with gladness, bells

Ring peace to earth and mercy mild

On Christmas-Eve, and I believe

With rapture like a little child.

So year by year for you, my dear,

I set my radiant Christmas-tree,

Tall, green and straight to celebrate

My little love’s nativity.

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The author died in 1940, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 75 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.