Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

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Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

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No one now expects the rough

Hilarity of Cruikshank

- The flight of hands like larks

Beneath the high sprig of mistletoe

From lacy wrists surrounding

Pinchwaisted beauties'

Bosoms like Devon cream

Spilling out as they bend

Over the hairy boar's

Head's mouth in its idiot grin

Munching an apple -

All that is gone now

With such emblems as the green

Live tree, live holly

Greens, live children,

Cousins, aunts, clustered

Beneath real candles

At the knees of Mother

In shirtwaist and stays,

Papa in his Prince Albert - the

Extended family's a divided

Host now, we can hardly

Keep in touch by long

Distance calls; the season's

Cheer since orange moons

And black cats disappeared

The day past Hallowe'en

Is manifested to us by

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rein

Deer, the pink bulb twinkling

In his plastic nose,

And over the P. …

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