Christmas time has come again,
But ah! where are the merry chimes
Which on the air their glad refrain
Rang forth in other happier times?
Where now the gladsome youthful throng,
Who 'Merry Christmas' used to greet,
With merry laugh and joyous song,
In every house, in every street?
Where now that soul-inspiring sight
When 'Santa Claus' disclosed his treasure,
Of youthful faces beaming bright