Literary quotes - Christmas
Glad Christmas comes, and every hearth
Makes room to give him welcome now,
E’en want will dry its tears in mirth,
And crown him with a holly bough
From: John Clare, ‘December’, The Shepherd’s Calendar, with Village Stories and Other Poems, 1827
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
From: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christmas Bells. Written 1864; published 1865, Our Young Folks: an Illustrated Magazine for Boys and Girls
In the meantime the woman sang snatches of the beautiful hymn, very common in Spain, which commences thus:—
“Once of old upon a mountain, shepherds overcome with sleep,
Near to Bethlem’s holy tower, kept at dead of night their sheep;
Round about the trunk they nodded of a huge ignited oak,
Whence the crackling flame ascending bright and clear the darkness broke.”
From: George Borrow, The opening of Chapter IV of The Bible in Spain, 1843
How many old recollections and how many dormant sympathies does Christmas-time awaken.
From: Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1837 (Book format)
Of all the old festivals, however, that of Christmas awakens the strongest and most heartfelt associations. There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling that blends with our conviviality and lifts the spirit to a state of hallowed and elevated enjoyment. The services of the Church about this season are extremely tender and inspiring.
Washington Irving, The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, 1819