In Memoriam A.H.H.
such compelling cause to grieve
As daily vexes household peace,
And chains regret to his decease,
dare we keep our Christmas-eve;
brings no more a welcome guest
To enrich the threshold of the night
With shower’d largess of delight
dance and song and game and jest?
go, and while the holly boughs
Entwine the cold baptismal font,
Make one wreath more for Use and Wont,
guard the portals of the house;
sisters of a day gone by,
Gray nurses, loving nothing new;
Why should they miss their yearly due
their time? They too will die.
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