I Will Keep Christmas
I will keep Christmas in the cold hedgerow,
With red shining holly and winter snow.
I will keep Christmas far from any town
On the frosted side of the windswept down.
Stars will be candles of sweet silver fire,
Swinging at midnight over tree and spire.
Waves will be booming bells and break the air,
With glory and greeting and winged prayer.
I will keep Christmas alone and away,
Praising the Lord of all on Christmas Day.
~P. A. Ropes ~