Friday, December 17, 2010

Poetry Friday: Christmas at Mole End

I hope you are finding time to slow down, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, and delight in this Christmas season.

My crew will be in town in a few days, so this may be my last post of the year. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Here is a wonderful Christmas song from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, sung by "a group of little field-mice" who "stood in a semi-circle, red worsted comforters round their throats, their forepaws thrust deep into their pockets, their feet dancing for warmth. "

Villagers all, this frosty tide,
Let your doors swing open wide,
Though wind may follow, and snow beside,
Yet draw us in by your fire to bide;
Joy shall be yours in the morning!

Here we stand in the cold and the sleet,
Blowing fingers and stamping feet,
Come from far away you to greet--
You by the fire and we in the street--
Bidding you joy in the morning!

For ere one half of the night was gone,
Sudden a star had led us on,
Raining bliss and benison--
Bliss tomorrow and more anon,
Joy for every morning!

Goodman Joseph toiled through the snow--
Saw the star o'er the stable low;
Mary she might not further go--
Welcome thatch, and litter below!
Joy was hers in the morning!

And when they heard the angels tell
"Who were the first to cry Nowell?
Animals all, as it befell,
In the stable where they did dwell!"
Joy shall be theirs in the morning!

More Poetry Friday here, at the Poetry Farm.

May joy be yours now and "in the morning."

Merry Christmas.


  1. Joy to you this Christmas, Dori...and all year long! Thank you for this one...I need to find that book again. It's so wise to bring the poems from stories out into the light! A.

  2. Sweet! Thanks for sharing this, Dori!

  3. I love the WITW. Thanks for sharing this, and Happy Christmas!

  4. Thanks for sharing this poem, and for reminding us all to slow down and enjoy the season. I didn't have hot chocolate today, but I did have a nice cup of tea and tried to relax after a long week. Merry Christmas!

  5. Oh yay! What a lovely reminder of the genius of that story. Love those little field mice and that beautiful animalian perspective on Christmas.

    Hope your Christmas is perfect.

  6. Amy, Yes, there are treasures hidden in many of our favorite children's prose.

    Tabatha and Jama, Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your Christmas holiday.

    Kerry, A friend from England started me drinking hot tea, too. I'm glad you had a chance to slow down. Savor the season.

    Carlie, Genius is right. Don't we all wish we could write a story as enduring as this one?

    Merry Christmas, all.

  7. Thanks for sharing with us this beautiful poem, love it :)
    Happy Holiday
    All the best
    Marinela x