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Stocking Song on Christmas Eve

By Mary Mapes Dodge

From Our Holidays in Poetry, compiled by Mildred P. Harrington

Welcome Christmas! heel and toe,
Here we wait thee in a row,
Come, good Santa Claus, we beg
Fill us tightly, foot and leg.

Fill us quickly ere you go,–
Fill us till we overflow,
That’s the way! and leave us more
Heaped in piles upon the floor.

Little feet that ran all day
Twitch in dreams of merry play,
Little feet that jumped at will
Lie all pink and white and still.

See us, how we lightly swing,
Hear us how we try to sing,
Welcome Christmas! heel and toe,
Come and fill us ere you go!

Here we hang till some one nimbly
Jumps with treasures down the chimney.
Bless us! how he’ll tickle us!
Funny old Saint Nicholas.

December 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

A Song for St. Nicholas

Hans Brinker
From “The Festival of St. Nicholas”
Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates, 1865

by Mary Mapes Dodge

Welcome, friend! St. Nicholas, welcome!
Bring no rod for us to-night!
While our voices bid thee welcome,
Every heart with joy is light.

“Tell us every fault and failing;
We will bear thy keenest railing
So we sing, so we sing:
Thou shalt tell us everything!

“Welcome, friend! St. Nicholas, welcome!
Welcome to this merry band!
Happy children greet thee, welcome!
Thou art gladdening all the land.

“Fill each empty hand and basket;
‘Tis thy little ones who ask it.
So we sing, so we sing:
Thou wilt bring us everything!


December 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment