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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 - 123,735 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 - 102,892 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 - 73,286 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 Carol , Sara Teasdale
  4. 4. Christmas Eve , Anne Sexton
  5. 5. Christmas Bells , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  6. 6. A Christmas Tree! A Christmas Tree! , David Keig
  7. 7. A Family Christmas , Ernestine Northover
  8. 8. Jest 'Fore Christmas , Eugene Field
  9. 9. A Christmas Ghost Story. , Thomas Hardy
  10. 10. Christmas In India , Rudyard Kipling
  11. 11. Remembrance Of Christmas Past , Judith Viorst
  12. 12. Christmas - A Little Friend's Poem - Wri.. , Ernestine Northover
  13. 13. Christmas Party At The South Danbury Chu.. , Donald Hall
  14. 14. A Christmas Carol , William Topaz McGonagall
  15. 15. What Reminds You Of Christmas? , Ernestine Northover
  16. 16. Christmas Spirit , Paul Moosberg
  17. 17. Christmas , John Clare
  18. 18. Sam's Christmas Pudding , Marriott Edgar
  19. 19. Lines For A Christmas Card , Hilaire Belloc
  20. 20. Our Christmas Tree , Ernestine Northover
  21. 21. Having Lost My Sons, I Confront The Wrec.. , James Arlington Wright
  22. 22. From The Short Story A Christmas Dream, .. , Louisa May Alcott
  23. 23. Christmas Is Really For The Children , Steve Turner
  24. 24. This Section Is A Christmas Tree , Vachel Lindsay
  25. 25. (727) Christmas Past , Melvina Germain
  26. 26. Christmas Fancies , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  27. 27. Christmas - Senryus , Ernestine Northover
  28. 28. Christmas Holidays , Thomas Hood
  29. 29. The Christmas Night , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  30. 30. A Christmas Carol, Sung To The King In T.. , Robert Herrick
  31. 31. A Christmas Wish , David Keig
  32. 32. Music On Christmas Morning , Anne Brontë
  33. 33. A Christmas Carol , George Wither
  34. 34. Christmas At Mel’s , C.J. Heck
  35. 35. A White Christmas , Carla Jean Laglia Esely
  36. 36. Baby's First Christmas (Children) , C.J. Heck
  37. 37. A Tale Of Christmas Eve , William Topaz McGonagall
  38. 38. Christmas At The Orphanage , Bill Knott
  39. 39. The Christmas-Box , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  40. 40. Christmas , Henry Timrod
  41. 41. A Hymn For Christmas Day , Thomas Chatterton
  42. 42. The Greatest Birthday (Christmas Chris.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  43. 43. (728) Christmas Joy , Melvina Germain
  44. 44. Modern Love Xxiii: 'Tis Christmas Weather , George Meredith
  45. 45. Christmas Treasures , Eugene Field
  46. 46. Christmas Spirit , Tess Gurney
  47. 47. The House Of Christmas , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  48. 48. The Christmas Beetle , Leon Gellert
  49. 49. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' Christmas Card(Being An .. , Dónall Dempsey
  50. 50. Christmas In Australia , Victor James Daley
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