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DECEMBER
[ Also see Christmas Months Sun ]

If cold December gave you birth,
  The month of snow and ice and mirth,
    Place on you hand a Turquoise blue,
      Success will bless whate'er you do.
      - Unattributed Author, December,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371

Only the sea intoning,
  Only the wainscot-mouse,
    Only the wild wind moaning
      Over the lonely house.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, December

Wild was the day; the wintry sea
  Moaned sadly on New England's strand,
    When first the thoughtful and the free,
      Our fathers, trod the desert land.
      - William Cullen Bryant,
        The Twenty-second of December

December drops no weak, relenting tear,
  By our fond Summer sympathies ensnared,
    Nor from the perfect circle of the year
      Can even Winter's crystal gems be spared.
      - Christopher Pearce Cranch, December

Shout now! The months with loud acclaim,
  Take up the cry and send it forth;
    May breathing sweet her Spring perfumes,
      November thundering from the North.
        With hands upraised, as with one voice,
          They join their notes in grand accord;
            Hail to December! say they all,
              It gave to Earth our Christ the Lord!
      - J.K. Hoyt, The Meeting of the Months

In a drear-nighted December,
  Too happy, happy brook,
    Thy bubblings ne'er remember
      Apollo's summer look;
        But with a sweet forgetting,
          They stay their crystal fretting,
            Never, never petting
              About the frozen time.
      - John Keats (1), Stanzas

In December ring
  Every day the chimes;
    Loud the gleemen sing
      In the streets their merry rhymes.
        Let us by the fire
          Ever higher
            Sing them till the night expire!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In cold December fragrant chaplets blow,
  And heavy harvests nod beneath the snow.
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad (bk. I, l. 77)

When we shall hear
  The rain and wind beat dark December, how
    In this our pinching cave shall we discourse
      The freezing hours away?
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Arviragus at III, iii)

The sun that brief December day
  Rose cheerless over hills of gray,
    And, darkly circled, gave at noon
      A sadder light than waning moon.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, Snow-Bound


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