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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
 
Christmas
By William Croswell
 
THE THICKLY woven boughs they wreathe
  Through every hallow’d fane,
A soft reviving odor breathe
  Of Summer’s gentle reign;
And rich the ray of mild green light        5
  Which like an emerald’s glow,
Comes struggling through the latticed height,
  Upon the crowds below.
 
O let the streams of solemn thought
  Which in those temples rise        10
From deeper sources spring than aught
  Dependant on the skies.
Then though the summer’s glow departs,
  And winter’s withering chill
Rests on the cheerless woods, our hearts        15
  Shall be unchanging still.
 
 
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