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CHURCH DECKING AT CHRISTMAS

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

Would that our scrupulous sires had dared to
      leave
  Less scanty measure of those graceful rites

  And usages, whose due return invites
A stir of mind too natural to deceive;
Giving the memory help when she could weave
  A crown for Hope!—I dread the boasted
      lights
  That all too often are but fiery blights,
Killing the bud o'er which in vain we grieve.
Go, seek, when Christmas snows discomfort
      bring.
  The counter Spirit found in some gay
      church
  Green with fresh holly, every pew a perch
In which the linnet or the thrush might sing,
  Merry and loud, and safe from prying
      search.
Strains offered only to the genial spring.