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Christmas Fancies - Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow,
We hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago.
And etched on vacant places,
Are half forgotten faces
Of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know –
When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow.

Uprising from the ocean of the present surging near,
We see, with strange emotion that is not free from fear,
That continent Elysian
Long vanished from our vision,
Youth’s lovely lost Atlantis, so mourned for and so dear,
Uprising from the ocean of the present surging near.

When gloomy gray Decembers are roused to Christmas mirth,
The dullest life remembers there once was joy on earth,
And draws from youth’s recesses
Some memory it possesses,
And, gazing through the lens of time, exaggerates its worth,
When gloomy gray December is roused to Christmas mirth.

When hanging up the holly or mistletoe, I wis
Each heart recalls some folly that lit the world with bliss.
Not all the seers and sages
With wisdom of the ages
Can give the mind such pleasure as memories of that kiss
When hanging up the holly or mistletoe, I wis.

For life was made for loving, and love alone repays,
As passing years are proving for all of Time’s sad ways.
There lies a sting in pleasure,
And fame gives shallow measure,
And wealth is but a phantom that mocks the restless days,
For life was made for loving, and only loving pays.

When Christmas bells are pelting the air with silver chimes,
And silences are melting to soft, melodious rhymes,
Let Love, the worlds beginning,
End fear and hate and sinning;
Let Love, the God Eternal, be worshipped in all climes
When Christmas bells are pelting the air with silver chimes.


Comments about Christmas Fancies by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • Gold Star - 96,763 Points Susan Williams (12/16/2015 2:27:00 PM)

    There is magic just in the word Christmas but she adds the sweetest touches to her poem until you would have to be Grinch not to remember your own sweet Christmases past (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 89,102 Points Kim Barney (12/16/2015 9:26:00 AM)

    Very nice poem. I especially liked the lines
    For life was made for loving, and love alone repays,
    As passing years are proving for all of Time’s sad ways.
    and
    And wealth is but a phantom that mocks the restless days,
    For life was made for loving, and only loving pays. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 69,704 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (12/16/2015 9:15:00 AM)

    For life was made for loving, and love alone repays
    As passing years are proving for all of times sad ways
    Philosophy of life is given in a nut shell by the poetess in beautifully crafted Christmas Fancies. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Christmas

  1. 1. A Child's Christmas In Wales , Dylan Thomas
  2. 2. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  3. 3. Christmas Bells , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  4. 4. Christmas Eve , Anne Sexton
  5. 5. A Family Christmas , Ernestine Northover
  6. 6. Christmas Party At The South Danbury Chu.. , Donald Hall
  7. 7. Christmas Carol , Sara Teasdale
  8. 8. Christmas - A Little Friend's Poem - Wri.. , Ernestine Northover
  9. 9. A Christmas Tree! A Christmas Tree! , David Keig
  10. 10. A Christmas Ghost Story. , Thomas Hardy
  11. 11. Christmas In India , Rudyard Kipling
  12. 12. Jest 'Fore Christmas , Eugene Field
  13. 13. Remembrance Of Christmas Past , Judith Viorst
  14. 14. A Christmas Carol , William Topaz McGonagall
  15. 15. What Reminds You Of Christmas? , Ernestine Northover
  16. 16. Having Lost My Sons, I Confront The Wrec.. , James Arlington Wright
  17. 17. Christmas , John Clare
  18. 18. Lines For A Christmas Card , Hilaire Belloc
  19. 19. Our Christmas Tree , Ernestine Northover
  20. 20. Sam's Christmas Pudding , Marriott Edgar
  21. 21. Christmas Holidays , Thomas Hood
  22. 22. Christmas Is Really For The Children , Steve Turner
  23. 23. Christmas Fancies , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  24. 24. Christmas - Senryus , Ernestine Northover
  25. 25. Christmas Spirit , Paul Moosberg
  26. 26. From The Short Story A Christmas Dream, .. , Louisa May Alcott
  27. 27. This Section Is A Christmas Tree , Vachel Lindsay
  28. 28. A Christmas Carol, Sung To The King In T.. , Robert Herrick
  29. 29. Christmas At Mel’s , C.J. Heck
  30. 30. A Tale Of Christmas Eve , William Topaz McGonagall
  31. 31. The Christmas Night , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  32. 32. Christmas At The Orphanage , Bill Knott
  33. 33. Music On Christmas Morning , Anne Brontë
  34. 34. Baby's First Christmas (Children) , C.J. Heck
  35. 35. A Christmas Wish , David Keig
  36. 36. A Christmas Carol , George Wither
  37. 37. The Cast Of Christmas Reassembles For Ea.. , Steve Turner
  38. 38. A Hymn For Christmas Day , Thomas Chatterton
  39. 39. Christmas , Henry Timrod
  40. 40. Modern Love Xxiii: 'Tis Christmas Weather , George Meredith
  41. 41. Christmas Treasures , Eugene Field
  42. 42. Christmas Spirit , Tess Gurney
  43. 43. The House Of Christmas , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  44. 44. The Christmas-Box , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  45. 45. A White Christmas , Carla Jean Laglia Esely
  46. 46. Sir Galahad, A Christmas Mystery , William Morris
  47. 47. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' Christmas Card(Being An .. , Dónall Dempsey
  48. 48. On Christmas Eve , William Wilfred Campbell
  49. 49. (728) Christmas Joy , Melvina Germain
  50. 50. The Greatest Birthday (Christmas Chris.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
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