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FING OUT, YE MERRY BELLS!
King out, ye merry belle! brlglit icicle*! Welcome, old holly-crowned Christmas «gain i Blithe as a child ut play, keeping hi* holiday. Welcome him back from the snow peak and plain. Up with the holly bough, green from the winter'» brow. Lock up your ledger* and care» for a day; Out to the forest go, gather the mistle toe. Old and young, rich and poor, up and. awayl Welcome. Op with the holly bough*, ay, and the laurel now; In with the yW* log. and brighten the hearths*. 'JulcYL'^fre he 1* again, come with hi* Joyous train. Laughter and music and friendship and mirth. tip with the holly boughs, high In each manor house, Garnish the antlers that hnng In the hall. tes, and the "neck" of corn with a gay wreath adorn, Rich as the bloom wall. Wealth has Ite duties now, Christian, you will allow; Think, then, ye rich, whilst your tables are spread. Think of the wretched ones. Poverty's stricken sons, Weeping whilst children are asking for bread Ing out. ye merry bells! ring till your mu«lc swells Out o'er the mountain, and far on the main; ttlng till those cheerless ones catch up your merry tones, Singing. "Come. Christmas, again and again," —Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly. 1 V on the cottager's ( \ First Xmas Carol Found in the Roman Mass AROl.S were originally nc coinpnnled with a dance, and tills carol dancing Is part of the rhythmic movement of the Oberammergau play, well as of the dances of the Shaker* of Lebanon In New York state. The flrst Christmas carol I In history Is the "Ulorln In Kxcelsls" found In the Hoinnn mnss. and In the . Kplscopal Book of (.'oinnion I'rayer. It p m ascribed to Telespliorus, hishop of Rome, shout the year A. D. 139. and I common In both the eastern and 1 western churches. ' An old English enrol begins with the notable words: come to toll r befell. A very sud story Is told in connee In order to give It realistic effect In a certain Luther un church it used to be sung by a hoy let down from the roof of the church dressed as an angel. But one day the rope broke, and the hoy was killed, This put an cud to a very beautiful but dangerous Christmas custom. L' I Behold\a simple, tender babe In freezing winter night. In homely manger trembling lies, Alas, a piteous sight The "higher critics" have wondered „ how ,f >e shepherds could Watch their Hocks by night. even In winter In Judea, hut this presented no difficulty to Robert Southwell, the author of this quaint enrol, who ns a Jesuit was Im prisoned In the Tower of London, and, after enduring the tortures of the rack, aus executed In 159-1. A popular carol among the Germans Is one written by Martin Luther for his little son Hans. From the highest heaven I The gladdest ; ewa which e' It begins: tlun with this curol. At a time when the liturgical nnd biblical plays were Christmas carol was popular the an Important feature, in Italy In the time of St. Francis of Assist, In order to Instruct the people, the villagers came to the church carrying lighted torches, and there they saw the scene of the ger filled with hay, and the ox nnd standing In their places Virgin and Child. mnn ass the near Then It was that St. Francis nnd his friars stood by the 'nanger all night long, thanks that by tlds means the hearts jf the people bad been touched, "Rare old Ben Jonson," in the tlavs >f the "Good Queen Bess," wrote Virol which begins "I sing the Birth vas bom tonight." And about that time ippenred a very popular carol which s sung In "Merrie England" even to h« present day, the flrst line of which s "God rest you, merrie gentlemen." Some old Christmas carols have iOU'll to giving God come us In half Latin and half Inglish. Among them Is a carol which ppears In the collection for Grace Lurch, New York city: Vhtn Christ was born of pure Marie | a Bethlehem, that fair eitle. * n*ela »a n s w 'th mirth anil glee 1 ,i,i n ,./. X e *'* In this Grace collection" there Is a nrol commencing "Over the world on hrlstmas morn, by Dr. Mackay ' .. , The uncouth carol of the sixteenth mtury has given place to the popu ir Chi istmas hymn of later days, - " ere 'CT the English language is lolcen Charles \V .s hymn.''Hark, te ^ era ^ ^ n S e * 8 Sing'' finds a place i the sanctuary. It Is also translated ,tP the languages of India, China and ipan. Its author was the brother of • founder of Methodism. He was a ue poet and a perfect hymn writer, la masterpiece is the beautiful hymn usus, Lover of My 8oul," which was ng by the Princess Alice at the athbed of the prince consort ifland, th« lamented husband of j*en Victoria, f OiAwio «11 ye faithful of 1* the "And Santa, Be Sure and s Don't Forget » I ¥14 •! & 1 mm n m (2 V % *1 ; t] i. | u - II j$7. V 4 1# ,v z y ■W 1 :> i E O & r * v, ,Y y 9 m L Wt. V m r of of It of "Adeste Fldeles" of the Latin, nnd enme originally from the pen of Aurelius Clemens Prudentlus, a nutlve of Spain, who flourished about the latter half of the fourth century. There Is another hymn by the «ante Latin author which begins with "Of the Father's love begotten." We have two well-horn Cnrlstmns carols by American writers. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" was written by the popular Boston divine, Phillips Brooks. "Shout the Glad Tidings, Ex ulting Sing" was composed by Dr. Muhlenburg, the founder of the Church of the Holy Communion, St. Luke's hospital, and other charities in New Ybrk elfy, » ^'Angels from the Realms of Glory" Is by the great hymn writer James Montgomery, who for thirty years edited a Sheffield newspaper In Eng land. He Is often confounded with Robert Montgomery, who was ridi culed nnd denounced by Macaulay. "Slug a Song This Blessed Morn" was written by Btsliop Christopher Wordsworth, nephew of the great English poet nnd father of tlie present Bishop of Salisbury. Dr. Wordsworth was Master of' Harrow, Westminster, nnd Bishop of Lincoln. "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night" Is by Nahum Tate, poet laureate, associated with the Tate nnd Brady version of the Psalms. He died when In prison for debt. The popular hymn "Christians Awake, Salute the Happy Morn," was written by John Byron, a Lancashire man, who was esteemed a good scholar nnd poet In his day. I Manchester In 1091. In Canon of He was born In The two eminent sweet singers of | the church. John Kehle and Reginald I Heber, hishop of Calcutta, have writ ten Christmas hymns, but they lack those elements of popular song which constitute the Christmas carol. Kehle sweetly slugs: I*!ke circles widening 'round Upon a clear blue river. Orb after orb the wondrous sound Is echoed on forever, Ulory to God on high, on earth be peace. The lines of the gentle Heber have their lesson In these days of cominer- I cial unrest : If sayly clothed and proudly fed. In dangerous wealth we dwell; Hemlnd us of thy manger bed And lowly cottage cell. LET THE CHILDREN HELP Christmas day Is a day for the j children especially. They will have | more pleasure in this holiday if they are allowed to prepare for It. In town | " here ,he children have kindergartens the little ones are filled with the hoi- I Iday spirit by the work they are given to do and the ploys they share. The teacher has them making chains of colored paper, strings of red cranher ries, curtains of red and yellow grains of corn. They cut out snow scenes. showing Santa Claus nnd his reln deers. They play Christmas games and sing Christmas songs. They doub ly enjoy this sacred holiday for they have helped to prepare for It. The shops supply kindergarten materials 1 for home work. Even tbe ten-cent stores have sewing enrds with wools, bends, games and colored crayons with which the children can do their share, i Wh«A th« Oxen Kneel. Oxen kneel In the stalls at midnight on Christmas, says English tradition. They kneel as If In adoration a t the Nativity, J CHRISTMAS BELLS The great yule logs are blazing high. The halls with holly green are drest, And bllthsome maids and merry lads Ars gayly clad in all their best. And have ye seen the fairest maid That ere hath dwelt sea? And for my love and for my faith. Think ye she'll bring a gift to meT O. rlrg, ye Joy-bells, gayly ring! O, merry minstrels, harp and sing! Fill every heart with Christmas cheer, For Christmas comes but 'tween sea and once a year. The yule fire blazes warm and high, On oakened rafter, blackened wall; It shines upon the fairest maid, As down she dances thro' the hall I Hing my weary harp aside, (And will she stoop to suoh as I?)L 1 haste to mejt her anderneath * The mystic branches hanging high. O, ring, ye Joy-bells, gayly ring! O, merry minstrels, harp and sing! 0, till my heart with Christmas cheer. For Christmas comes but once a year. Who hath so rare or fair a gift As this my love hath brought to me? For I was but a minstrel lad, A dainty, high-born maid was she. Yet with her lips her heart she gave. Her heart, all pure ns Christmas And for her love and for her faith, Fourth unto Joust and war I'll go.' D, ring, ye Joy-bells, gayly ring! O, heart of mine, rejoice and sing, For Christmas love and Christmas cheer Shall bless our lives the year. snow. whole round Annie Louise Brackenridge. *4 e REMEMBER THE LITTLE BIRDS. When we are all rejoicing and happy In our homes, do we ever think of the little birds or give them a Christmas, too? What would springtime be with out them? And.yet when do hack their kindness? When winiry winds blow, and food is hard to thill then is the time we pay we should remember Take little pieces of suet and trim some trees for them, no trees in the vicinity of your home, then bundle up lu a nice warm nnd go where you can find some. them. If you have coat He Just Can't Wait to See Santa Claus ;* 1 oü> <e> m. MM ViiÉ . 4 - OJ : / 1j \ I X' ;s> % V.x V •a.: • -: s • •V i ,k! ■: : •: * \ ! > i f J i W < - »Q; as T «ml i ei icy— K2 0 Simas 0*} 0 m k\ m u sM so. r. I S3 ( ■>) ; WX »! w mm j'milinÿ ?Rer e tli e ruddy' tevr tk-/Tr ^Joyous hearts ar e be&tin<fj \ A e Si ! 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In h er I I nnds should be fastened as manv «nr- ! binds of baby ribbon», or strings of I small blossoms as there are guests Attach little gilts at the other ends the garlands appropriate to the guests that are to re such as brooches and fumes of the eeive them, scnrfplns with flowers i„ enamel baskets of sweets trimmed with flow ers, or pretty cut glass bottles of per. fume, decorated with blossoms. The ribbons or garlands should be ranged that each small guest finds corresponding gift; thus. Violet's n res . cut Is adorned with the flowers she nM^f ' etC ; TU ' m ""» s should be the form of flowers or petals and ored 'sRk "" 8l " ,d ' ?S of ros * ™l ar a c; « SILENT CHRISTMAS. 1 be flrst "still Christmas" m bind occurred in 1525. Henrv ViriVus ! ,Th In 1J, ' c '' niber 'be king fell s u.k «nd the nation was tilled with anxlmv l , ent be chrlT r ° IS ' ° r mt ' rry »'"king.' Sb 'beprotectrtrofÂS^rfeï (1 Isp 1 a y "of "t hTem bl ems°of ^ he "T the »«s held to be sedit"us was most notable In London rlT S w»ri U * e 8trand: the ch »^> rt r« [oj V o. I ! I j 1 I ! In every babe that gains the li<*ht J,, 1 ° f - human paln> I ' '' ae i n «''-breathing soul tonight ! le Christ-child liv I Christmas Song es again. etery drop of anguish, pressed Irom pallid woman's brow, cos'"^ the ^ b roast 11,8 ÄIotller whispers In now. And wise men through the dark ness hie, I.o! In the East—a Star! 0 little Christ who is to die ^ \\ as your soul's journey far ? Strange meteor wounds of death and birth Lighting an endless sea; A little child has come to earth And He must die for ma! —By Mary McNeil Feuollosa, i the Craftsman. m .o] V HAPPY CHRISTMA& Happy happy Christmas that ean cimiTh ? Ck t0 . the <Jelusl °ns of our childish days; that can recall to the old mau the pleasures of h's yonth and transport the sailor and the trav eler thousands of miles away, back to his own fireside and hi* q U |«t _ Charles Dlckcp*. —ww— Origin of Yuletide Yule was the name of the ancient Scandinavian festival held at the time The word is of of the winter solstice, uncertain origin, says The Housekeep* but It probably Is taken directly from the Icelandic word "Jol." mean ing a feast. It is curious to note how mpny nations of old marked the "turn of the year"—that Is, the December soistice—by festivals. The Egyptians, tlw? Hindus, the Persians, the (becks and the Romans all had feasts at this but especially the Northern nations—the Teutons, the Scandinav ians, the early natives of Britain— re jDiced at the event of the sun's (urn on it« coruse. The festival was kept with „ach euting and drinking and noi>y was the er, season, m. jollity. One of the ceremonies ^ pUicing of an enormous log of uo*h 1 often so large that It require» the strength of several men to bring it >" —upon the hearth Are in the hu-c > re place. The burning of the Yule log thought to insure good fortune t •haired car be w«s the family, especially when pieces of the log burned the fare and kept over for that pinpos wvre used to light It. f OTHER LANDS. CHRISTMAS IN strauge The Mexican Christmas is a ty mixed week of sports, revels ami llglous observances. The I a * Play" never fulls to attract k crowds, nor do the bull fights. Philippines grand misses are beiu Utr churches In the morning. 1 chains of flowers ore carried to churches by the children, who pa <uie singing Christina» In the through the streets songs, bands preceding them, afternoon there Is dancing am 111 In Spain the religious note at Christ mas and th<ra of -uystory making. Is predominant are curious perforuwuces ( jUlays.