Robert Herrick

(1591-1674 / London / England)

THE CEREMONIES FOR CANDLEMAS DAY


Kindle the Christmas brand, and then
Till sunset let it burn;
Which quench'd, then lay it up again,
Till Christmas next return.

Part must be kept, wherewith to teend
The Christmas log next year;
And where 'tis safely kept, the fiend
Can do no mischief there.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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