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The Yule Guest By Bliss Carman (William)

And Yanna by the yule log Sat in the empty hall, And watched the goblin firelight Caper upon the wall: The goblins of the hearthstone, Who teach the wind to sing, Who dance the frozen yule away And usher back … Continue reading

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The Fox and the Stork by Jean de la Fontaine

    Old Father Fox, who was known to be mean, Invited Dame Stork in to dinner. There was nothing but soup that could scarcely be seen: – Soup never was served any thinner. And the worst of it was, … Continue reading

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Animals and the Stars by Paul Cameron Brown

 Crickets are a strange place, cricks of dew hemmed with hoar-frost mushrooming by a door. The glens are fashions of a loom eerie pads are nightly rooms. The padlocks remove the key as grass-hoppers keep the meadow free. A twilight … Continue reading

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Pencil Sketches by Paul Cameron Brown

 Staying home, I caught naughty elves watering my piano, growling inside my head. Faucet drops beating out in harmony a drum tatoo to the tune of a plugged drain, the careless postures of indifference retold lives lived on spindle shanks … Continue reading

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The Musical Ass by Tomas de Iriarte y Oropesa

The fable which I now present, Occurred to me by accident: And whether bad or excellent, Is merely so by accident. A stupid ass this morning went Into a field by accident: And cropped his food, and was content, Until … Continue reading

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Illieo by James Whitcomb Riley

Illileo, the moonlight seemed lost across the vales – The stars but strewed the azure as an armor’s scattered scales; The airs of night were quiet as the breath of silken sails, And all your words were sweeter than the … Continue reading

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The Rats by Georg Trakl

In the farmyard the white moon of autumn shines. Fantastic shadows fall from the eaves of the roof. A silence is living in the empty windows; Now from it the rats emerge softly And skitter here and there, squeaking, And … Continue reading

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