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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

  • Rookie Alison mujati (12/30/2017 8:58:00 AM)

    End fear, hate and sinning, ...steps to Christ oh i love christmas.....a good poem (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 37,381 Points Glen Kappy (12/30/2017 8:41:00 AM)

    This poem impresses me with it’s craft—it’s sustained lyricism and easy rhymes. And then there’s its message, of what lies at the foundation of life. Thank you PH for introducing me to this poem. -GK (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 21,413 Points Sylvia Frances Chan (12/30/2017 7:03:00 AM)

    My highest CONGRATULATIONS to Ella's family, as The Classic Poem of The DAY! Sincerest, Sylvia Frances Chan, The Netherlands (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 Christmas Ghost Story. , Thomas Hardy
  6. 6. Christmas Carol , Sara Teasdale
  7. 7. A Family Christmas , Ernestine Northover
  8. 8. Christmas Party At The South Danbury Chu.. , Donald Hall
  9. 9. Remembrance Of Christmas Past , Judith Viorst
  10. 10. Jest 'Fore Christmas , Eugene Field
  11. 11. A Christmas Tree! A Christmas Tree! , David Keig
  12. 12. Christmas - A Little Friend's Poem - Wri.. , Ernestine Northover
  13. 13. Christmas In India , Rudyard Kipling
  14. 14. Christmas , John Clare
  15. 15. A Christmas Carol , William Topaz McGonagall
  16. 16. What Reminds You Of Christmas? , Ernestine Northover
  17. 17. Christmas Fancies , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  18. 18. Lines For A Christmas Card , Hilaire Belloc
  19. 19. Our Christmas Tree , Ernestine Northover
  20. 20. Having Lost My Sons, I Confront The Wrec.. , James Arlington Wright
  21. 21. Christmas Is Really For The Children , Steve Turner
  22. 22. Christmas - Senryus , Ernestine Northover
  23. 23. Sam's Christmas Pudding , Marriott Edgar
  24. 24. Christmas Spirit , Paul Moosberg
  25. 25. Christmas Holidays , Thomas Hood
  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. Music On Christmas Morning , Anne Brontë
  30. 30. Christmas At Mel’s , C.J. Heck
  31. 31. The Christmas Night , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  32. 32. A Hymn For Christmas Day , Thomas Chatterton
  33. 33. A Tale Of Christmas Eve , William Topaz McGonagall
  34. 34. A Christmas Carol , George Wither
  35. 35. Baby's First Christmas (Children) , C.J. Heck
  36. 36. Christmas At The Orphanage , Bill Knott
  37. 37. A Christmas Wish , David Keig
  38. 38. The House Of Christmas , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  39. 39. A White Christmas , Carla Jean Laglia Esely
  40. 40. Christmas , Henry Timrod
  41. 41. The Cast Of Christmas Reassembles For Ea.. , Steve Turner
  42. 42. Modern Love Xxiii: 'Tis Christmas Weather , George Meredith
  43. 43. Christmas Treasures , Eugene Field
  44. 44. Christmas Spirit , Tess Gurney
  45. 45. The Greatest Birthday (Christmas Chris.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  46. 46. The Christmas-Box , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  47. 47. Sir Galahad, A Christmas Mystery , William Morris
  48. 48. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' Christmas Card(Being An .. , Dónall Dempsey
  49. 49. (728) Christmas Joy , Melvina Germain
  50. 50. Christmas , Julia Ann Moore
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