Ceremonies for Christmas  (1648) 
by Robert Herrick
from Hesperides, 1648

Ceremonies for ChristmasEdit

Chambers Yule Log

Hauling of the Yule Log. From Robert Chambers, Book of Days, 1864. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons.

        Come, bring with a noise,
        My merry, merry boys,
The Christmas log to the firing,
        While my good dame, she
        Bids ye all be free,
And drink to your heart’s desiring.

        With the last year’s brand
        Light the new block, and
For good success in his spending,
        On your psalteries play,
        That sweet luck may
Come while the log is a-teending.

        Drink now the strong beer,
        Cut the white loaf here,
The while the meat is a-shredding;
        For the rare mince-pie
        And the plums stand by,
To fill the paste that’s a-kneading.

See alsoEdit

This poem is in the public domain