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the minstrels played their christmas tune
to-night beneath my cottage-eaves;
while, smitten by a lofty moon,
the encircling laurels, thick with leaves,
gave back a rich and dazzling sheen,
that overpowered their natural green.
through hill and valley every breeze
had sunk to rest with folded wings:
keen was the air, but could not freeze,
nor check, the music of the strings;
so stout and hardy were the band
that scraped the chords with strenuous hand.
and who but listened?--till was paid
respect to every inmate&`&s claim,
the greeting given, the music played
in honour of each household name,
duly pronounced with lusty call,