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Christmas Stories


To a Child

By Robert Herrick





Go, pretty child, and bear this flower
Unto thy little Saviour,

And tell Him, by that bud now blown,
He is the Rose of Sharon known.

When thou hast said so, stick it there
Upon His bib or stomacher;
And tell Him, for good handsel too,
That thou hast brought a whistle new,
made of a clean straight oaten reed,
To charm His cries at time of need.

Tell Him, for coral thou hast none,
But, if thou hadst, He should have one;
But poor thou art, and known to be
Even as moneyless as He.

Lastly, if thou canst win a kiss
From those mellifluous lips of His,
Then never take a second on,
To spoil the first impression.



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