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Friday, December 06, 2013

Poetry Friday--It's St. Nicholas Day!

Today is St. Nicholas Day in many countries. St. Nicholas is the forerunner of the character we know as Santa Claus. Let's celebrate St. Nicholas Day with a poem.

From Hans Brinker, or, the Silver Skates, Chapter 9. "The Festival of St. Nicholas"
by Mary Mapes Dodge

Welcome, friend! St. Nicholas, welcome!
   Bring no rod for us to-night!
While our voices bid thee welcome,
   Every heart with joy is light.

     "Tell us every fault and failing;
     We will bear thy keenest railing
     So we sing, so we sing:
     Thou shalt tell us everything!

"Welcome, friend! St. Nicholas, welcome!
   Welcome to this merry band!
Happy children greet thee, welcome!
   Thou art gladdening all the land.

     "Fill each empty hand and basket;
     'Tis thy little ones who ask it.
     So we sing, so we sing:
     Thou wilt bring us everything!"
Hans Brinker, or, the Silver Skates was first published in 1865! We have a more recent copy in our children's room [J DOD].

Stop off at the local bakery and indulge in a sweet treat--St. Nicholas would want you to! After that, head over to Life on the Deckle Edge for the Poetry Friday Round-Up.

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